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Denim, the sturdy blue cotton fabric the world knows and loves. Denim is a thick cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.
The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside.
It’s the indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, that creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.  Fashion fading at its finest!

Denim dresses look and feel sent from heaven. A denim dress can be glammed up or toned down merely by the accessories you wear with the dress. A glamorous night out? Try five inch black patent leather stilettos, a black velvet choker, dangle bracelets and long diamond earrings. Your denim dress has become high fashion. Walking an evening fair? A flat shoe or sandal and minimal jewelry keeps your denim dress casual and comfortable.
Denim Fun Fact: The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.” Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The contemporary use of the word ‘jeans’ comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Denim has graduated from trousers to dresses and looks splendid when worn with long, short, curly or straight tresses.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs, containing a skirt of any desired length. All dresses, denim included, can be formal or informal.
Denim Fun Fact: Dry, or raw denim, (contrasted with washed denim) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time dry denim will fade, which is considered fashionable in some circumstances. During the process of wear, fading usually occurs on the parts of the garment that receive the most stress. On a pair of denim jeans, this includes the upper thighs, the ankles, and the areas behind the knees.
The dose for fashion happiness? Enter the durable, dazzling, dynamite denim dress!

Not sure what to wear to the Sunday brunch? Don’t stress! Always a hit is the denim dress!
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. Washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. In jeans made from dry denim, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates what denim enthusiasts feel to be a more natural look than artificially distressed denim.
Denim Fun Fact: To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their denim garments for more than six months. Most dry denim is made from 100% cotton and comes from several different countries, including the United States, Zimbabwe and Japan.



Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant ‘Indigofera tinctoria’, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Rope dyeing is considered the best yarn dyeing method, as it eliminates shading across the fabric width. The alternative “slasher process” is cheaper because only one beaming process is needed. In rope dyeing, beaming is done twice.
Two Categories of Denim Dyeing:

  1. Indigo Dyeing: Produces the traditional blue color or similar shades.
  2. Sulfur Dyeing: Produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green (Think colored skinny jeans!)


The ever popular stretch denim incorporates a plastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of give in garments made from stretch denim. Only about 3% of spandex is required within the fabric to create a significant stretching capacity of about 15%.

Whether your denim dress flows to your ankles or fits short and tight like a miniskirt, when dressed in a denim dress you’ll be a fashion diva with a silent flirt!
“I normally wear denim jeans but tonight I’m going with a denim dress.”
“I love the faded denim look and the natural wear of the fabric distress.”
“Since I’m going out to dinner I wore my patent leather pumps and a flower in my hair.”
“Those two accessories do glam up the outfit and give you a stylish high fashion flair.”
“Perhaps you’d like to join us. There will be plenty of room for you.”
“Excellent. Let me change into my denim dress and we’ll match the whole night through.”
Denim Dresses: When only divine denim duds will do!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 

 

 

Sure, bikinis and two piece bathing suits are alluring, sensual and a fashion staple of summer, pools, beaches and vacations. For those that dread slinking into two piece swimsuits, or for those of you that find one piece bathing suits more attractive, there are many one piece suits that are sexy as well as comfortable, darling and adorable.
Fit for the body, fit for the ocean…make a summer splash that is sure to last!
A one piece swimsuit is usually a skin tight garment that covers a female’s torso, except the back or upper chest. Many one piece suits are cut stylish and provocative, covering the crucial body parts, yet exposing a semblance of the stomach, back and ribcage.


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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Swimwear is described by a number of names, including swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossies and swimming trunks.
The most common type of one piece swimsuit is the maillot, or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. There are variants of the one piece bathing suit, including halter neck styles and plunge front swimsuits. Another innovation in one piece swimsuits is the body skin, which resembles a unitard or wetsuit.
One Piece Swimsuit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid-1900s, when the style was widely described as a maillot. Its widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman. Kellerman marketed these bathing suits and the style became known as “the Annette Kellerman.”

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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of the tight fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also sometimes being used. In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and used in swimwear, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body.
Sassy and classy: sexy one piece bathing suits!

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During the 1920s and 1930s people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun,” and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features. By the 1930s, the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. With the development of new clothing materials, swimsuits began hugging the body, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
Hollywood endorsed this new glamour with films such as Neptune’s Daughter, in which Esther Williams wore provocatively named costumes like ‘Double Entendre’ and ‘Honey Child’.
Create a stir when on the beach in a one piece swimsuit. Durable, attractive, comfortable and downright sensual to boot!



Most swimsuits in western culture leave the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed. Women’s bathing suits generally cover at least the aereola and bottom half of the breasts, and many one piece suits have amazing cuts and styles as more material can be used to create an eye catching, alluring garment.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn that wearing damp swimwear for long periods of time can cause a number of infections and rashes in children and adults.

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Whether you go to the beach for a swim, a good time, a walk or a run, dress up in a fancy, sassy, classy one piece bathing suit and soak up the glorious sun!
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Wartime production during World War II required vast amounts of cotton, silk, nylon, wool, leather and rubber. In 1942 the United States War Production Board issued regulation L-85, cutting the use of natural fibers in clothing, and mandating a 10% reduction in the amount of fabric in women’s beachwear. To comply with the regulations, swimsuit manufacturers produced two piece swimsuits with bare midriffs, and dispensed with the skirt panels and other superfluous material.  Enter the two piece swimsuit!
Even with the popularity of the two piece bathing suit, the one piece swimsuit has held her ground and often times is the most dynamic, beautiful, stunning swimsuit around!
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So much for swimsuit practicality. Although some swimsuits are designed specifically for swimming competitions or diving competitions, most bathing suits are designed for aesthetic reasons, as is most fashion! Hail the fashion queen…arrive on the summer scene looking better than you’ve ever been seen!
“I bought me the most gorgeous, flattering, fashionable one piece bathing suit today!”
“If you wear it to the beach, I bet you blow every bikini, thong and two piece swimsuit away.”
“I’ll definitely blow everyone else out of the water. My suit is sexy, playful and full of style.”
“I’ll come with you when you make your grand entrance. Watch everyone around you smile.”
“The suit is black with ruffled white trim. Hugs all the right places and makes me look thin.”
“So grand and glorious. Everyone needs to feel wonderful in the skin and the suit they’re in!
One Piece Bathing Suits: A definite fashion win!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel on sale now in online and retail bookstores.
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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collided.
Nancy Mangano is an author, screenwriter and fashion journalist, writing the Natalie North murder mystery series and the global online fashion magazine, Strutting in Style. With degrees in Communications and Criminal Justice, she has blended her love of writing and her interest in law enforcement into her novels. Nancy’s work has received several awards, including the Best of Anaheim award three years in a row. She resides in Orange County, California and in 2016 was inducted into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel will be available in online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!
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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating partners with their pants down, then worse, having to report to her clients what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled  love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to online and retail bookstores February 24, 2017.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 

Valentine’s Day. Ah, love is in the air. If I’m going to dinner, the movies, the theater or even staying home, the dilemma is “what shall I wear?”
If you go with traditional Valentine’s Day colors, you want to dress in reds, pinks and whites, or a version of the three shades. The color red signifies fire, romance, passion, while the color pink draws up images of love, softness and sweetness. White? Purity and innocence.
So, you fashion diva vixen, even if you’ve been naughty and mischievous, celebrate Valentine’s Day in a vivacious, vibrant fashion way!
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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionaries, and sending greeting cards. Romance at its best!

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Popular Valentine’s Day Symbols That are Used Today:

  1. Heart Shaped Outline
  2. Doves
  3. Cupid
  4. Handwritten Valentine’s
  5. Flowers
  6. Chocolates

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Countries/Regions Around the World that Celebrate Valentine’s Day or a Similar Holiday:

  1. America
  2. China
  3. France
  4. Finland
  5. Greece
  6. India
  7. Iran
  8. Israel
  9. Japan
  10. Lebanon
  11. Malaysia
  12. Pakistan
  13. Philippines
  14. Portugal
  15. Romania
  16. Saudi Arabia
  17. Scandinavia
  18. Singapore
  19. South Korea
  20. Spain
  21. Taiwan
  22. United Kingdom

Va Va Voom Valentine’s Day fashions around the world; sure to create quite a love stir!

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What better time to express your love than in the season of love? Not only through clothes, but through the tummy! Chocolate candies and heart shaped cookies speak volumes of love, satisfy, delight and taste oh so yummy!
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Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: While the European folk traditions connected with Saint Valentine and Saint Valentine’s Day have become marginalized by modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of Spring. While the customs of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the United Kingdom, Valentine’s Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England.
No matter how you choose to spend the day, bask in your own love and your own sense of personal style and dress the fabulous, festive day in your own selected way!
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Sensual, sexy, alluring, passionate, sinful, loving, affectionate. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all the pleasurable emotions and speak volumes through the clothing you slink yourself into on this romantic loving day!
“Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?”
“Me, myself and I. A great date I must say!”
“Are you going to pamper yourself with a new outfit and sit in front of the TV?”
“Yes. Relax, dress to kill and eat as many chocolate candies that will fit in my tummy.”
“I’m glad to hear that you know how to love and pamper yourself.”
“I’m my own best cheerleader. Never put yourself on the back shelf!”
Valentine’s Day: Love others, love yourself! Fashion fierce!
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in February 2017.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

The word mod, derived from the word modern/modernist, means current, contemporary, up-to-date. In the 1960s, mod was a subculture that began in the United Kingdom, and spread in varying degrees to other countries. Focused on fashion and music, the mod subculture has its roots in a small group of London based stylish men in the late 1950s who were termed “modernists” because they listened to modern jazz. The subculture then expanded to include women.
Regarding mod fashion, think bold neon colors, pale pink frosted lipsticks, go go skirts, white and black patent leather boots, tight skinny jeans, thin neck ties and big hair!
Mod fashion: all the rage to wear!
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Mod Fun Fact: The term ‘mod’ derives from ‘modernist”, and from the mid-to-late 1960s onward, the mass media often used the term ‘mod’ to describe anything that was believed to be popular, fashionable or modern.
Regarding mod history, it’s been noted that the definition of mod can be difficult to pin down, because throughout the subculture’s original era, what was considered mod was prone to continuous reinvention.
Some called the mod subculture a “fashion-obsessed and hedonistic cult of the hyper-cool”; young adults who lived in metropolitan London or the new towns of the south. A fashion diva translation: clothes lovers who enjoy life and live with a “I know I have it” swag and attitude…always with a generous heart.
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Mod Fun Fact: Due to the increasing affluence of post-war Britain, the youths of the early 1960s were one of the first generations that didn’t have to contribute their money from after school jobs to the family finances. As mod teens and young adults began using their disposable income to buy stylish clothes, the first youth-targeted boutique clothing stores opened in London in the Carnaby Street and King’s Road districts. The street names became symbols of “an endless frieze of mini-skirted, booted, fair haired angular angels.”
Male mods adopted a smooth, sophisticated look that included tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties, button-down collar shirts, and wool or cashmere jumpers.
Mod clothing: Rad for both lasses and lads!
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Some say that for working class mods, the subculture’s focus on fashion and music was a  release from the “humdrum of daily existence” at their jobs. Mods adopted new Italian and French styles in part as a reaction to the rural and small town rockers, with their 1950s style leather motorcycle clothes and American greaser look.
Mod clothing: Cool, hip, neat, sharp, and smart! Get a mod start with mod clothes – look the “mod” part!

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When: 15 Sep 2015
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Many female mods dressed androgynously, with short hair cuts, men’s trousers or shirts, flat shoes and little makeup – often just pale foundation, brown eye shadow, white or pale frosted lipsticks and long false eyelashes. Miniskirts became progressively shorter between the early and mid 1960s.  As female mod fashion became more mainstream, slender models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton began to exemplify the mod look.
Mod Fun Fact: The British mod revival was followed by a revival in North America in the early 1980s, particularly in Southern California. The mod scene in Los Angeles and Orange County was partly influenced by the 2 Tone ska revival in England, and was unique for its racial diversity, with black, white, Hispanic and Asian participants.
Twiggy…we tip our hats off to her as an icon and launcher of the 1960s mod look!
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Mad about mod!
It’s a mod, mod, mod fashion world!
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Mod Fun Fact: Many British rock bands of the mid 1960s began to adopt a mod look and following, which influenced the scope of the mod subculture to grow beyond its original confines and the focus of the mods began to change. By the summer of 1966, the mod scene in London had waned, as the more fashion and pop-cultural elements continued to grow, not only in England, but elsewhere. It was during this time that London became a mecca for rock music, with popular bands such as The Who and The Small Faces appealing to a largely mod audience, in a period often referred to as Swinging London.
Swing and sway those hips the mod fashion way…
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Get the look: The mod London look! The lively look is here to stay!
“You look magnificent! Truly chic and hip dressed that way.”
“I did think I looked mod and cool when I glanced in the mirror today.”
“Your short skirt, colorful blouse and white boots look like a throw back to the sixties.”
“This mod look never goes out style…in fashion, one never tires of looking neat and nifty.”
“If I play some Rolling Stones music in the background we’ll have the London look.”
“Let me freshen up my frosted lipstick and we’ll dance…on the mod scene I am hooked!”
Mod mania! Try it…you’ll like it!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Daisy Duke shorts are, if nothing else, notable. Whether you adore dressing in the denim short shorts, or you admire them on others but don’t feel comfortable wearing them yourself, or if you can simply do without them, Daisy Duke shorts are a popular piece of memorable fashion.
Daisy Duke shorts are cut off denim jeans that fit below the navel and the hem stops at the top of the thigh, much near the hip bone. The hem can either be sewn or left with loose threads and frays left over from the cutting.
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Daisy Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. She helped popularize Daisy Duke shorts, her signature dress on the series. Daisy Duke shorts were also worn by Jessica Simpson in the feature film movie spin off.
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Daisy Duke Shorts Fashion Tip: Daisy Dukes look real cute and daring when worn with a crop top, or a button up shirt tied at the bottom. If you dare to wear Daisy Dukes, but you’re watching your spending, these shorts are easy to make yourself! You most likely own a pair of denim jeans that you’re willing to turn magically from pants to Daisy Duke shorts, straight from your own closet! Yes, it’s that easy!
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How to Make Do It Yourself (DIY) Daisy Duke Shorts:

  1. Take a pair of denim jeans that fit, along with sharp scissors, sandpaper and a sharpie or black pen (stay over a work table or outside, as the material will thread and fray when cut). Most Daisy Dukes are made from blue denim, but the shorts look savvy and stylish in any color of denim.
  2. Put your jeans on, and then use the pen to mark the spot on the denim where you want to cut (what will be the hem). True Daisy Dukes show almost all of your thigh.
  3. Remove the jeans and use the sharp scissors to cut the material across the drawn lines, turning the pants or capri pants into shorts.
  4. If you want to add age to the Daisy Dukes, or fray the material to provide a worn look, rub the sandpaper hard over the area that you want to age. This should help to fray the material and rub out some of the blue denim color, fading the material.
  5. If you wish to doll up and dazzle your Daisy Dukes, you can bedazzle the shorts by adding rhinestones, sparkles, glitter, embroidery, etc. to the shorts.
  6. Wear your Daisy Dukes with pride and profound confidence!

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Denim Fun Fact: Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dying process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
Whether you view Daisy Duke shorts as darling, or as shorts that lost their modest length, one thing is for sure: Daisy Duke shorts are noticeable and memorable!
Everyone remembers the dame in the dizzying Daisy Dukes!
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Many lovers of Daisy Dukes and denim prefer when the material looks faded and worn, as opposed to brand new.  To achieve the faded look, one can either wash the denim numerous times, or simply purchase faded denim off the rack. In addition to faded material, various patterns of fading are preferred by many denim wearers and are considered to be “personalizing” the garment.
Popular Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric then stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up to the calf area.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades which resemble train tracks.

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Denim Fun Fact: Over 50% of denim is produced in Asia, most of it in China, India, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Here is the order of the world’s denim mills, from highest to lowest: China, India, Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia. Ah, denim is loved, worn and purchased the world over!
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Do you want to leave your fashion mark? Dress yourself up in dynamic Daisy Duke shorts and see how much “chatter and buzz” you spark!
“When that girl struts in her Daisy Duke shorts we stop and watch her walk by.”
“Without a doubt, she does get attention and catches everybody’s eye.”
“Makes me wonder where the rest of her pant legs are.”
“Probably in a trash can somewhere. Could be near or far.”
“Her Daisy Dukes could have started out as shorts, merely sewn that way.”
“Doesn’t matter how she got them. When she struts in them she looks A Okay!”
Mesmerizing Daisy Duke shorts are here to stay, no matter how they got that way!”
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the realm of fashion, fringe trim is in! Fringe trim on clothing is fun, festive and fabulous, adding sparkle and pizzazz to your overall appearance.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item. In addition to clothing, fringe makes for a fine visual appeal on drapery, flags and clothing accessories.
Shake, shake, shake the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. (Think fringe denim cutoff shorts)! Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling.
Fringe Fun Fact: In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on to the garment. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen, or narrow strips of leather.
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Fringe, or tassels, add style and flair to any garment. In addition to spicing up pants, shirts, dresses and skirts, fringe is a popular fashion add on to purses and handbags. Much like you see on a great pair of moccasins, fringe dangling freely from handbags looks fun and flashy!
Festive and fun with the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe is often found on suede clothing items. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
Three Types of Fabulous Fringe:

  1. Bullion Fringe – Twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver or gold. Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 cm to 22.9 cm) in length.
  2. Campaign Fringe – This is from the French word ‘campane’ ( meaning “bell”), and consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe – Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Toss those hips and swing that fringe you’re dressed in!
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Fringe Fun Fact: There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to gain in popularity and added whimsical wonder to women’s wardrobes. Various styles of fringes were defined in England by at least the year 1688.
Not sure what to wear to the brunch you’re attending, or the baby shower, or the birthday party? Why not give fringe a try? Fringe flows beautifully and is an ornamental addition to clothing that always catches the eye!
Decorate your clothing to dynamic heights with lengths of fringe that hang just right!
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Fringe trim works well whether you prefer the tassel length be long or short, and the width be either thin or thick. Fringe garments are visually appealing and maintain a youthful look. Do you want your fringe trim to match, meaning the fringe is one length and one width? This gives off a look of class and elegance.
If you want to mix your fashion flair up a notch, fringe trim looks partyish and festive when your garment has various lengths of fringe, with varying widths. Colorful fringe also adds glamour and shimmer to your dazzling duds!
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Shimmy, shake and boogie down in that fantastic fringe you’re strutting in!
“I adore all the loose strands of material hanging down from the end of your skirt.”
“Are you admiring the fringe trim or is that your subtle way to flirt?”
“A little of both, I assume. Your tassels are lovely and so are you.”
“I take both your observations as compliments. I do believe your kind words ring true.”
“Will you spin around for me so I can watch your fringe swing and sway?”
“You can see the same effect from my fringe as you watch me walk away!”
Fringe: When you wear it, you’ll make a fashion splash, whatever way you walk! Let your sexy, sassy trim talk, talk, talk!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

Velvet – Soft on the eyes; soft to the touch! A beautiful fabric, in the fashion world, used so much!
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive feel. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet.’
Velvet can be made either from synthetic or natural fibers. Velvet makes a garment look fancy, elegant and classy!

Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.
Fill up your fashion fancy taste with soft, fun to feel, velvet!
Velvet is a fabric that looks expensive, merely by its portrayal of elegance and elan! Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly product. No matter the cost, velvet is a rich looking fabric!
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Velvet garments look luxurious and appealing in all colors!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely of silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wool. No matter the fibers used, velvet always looks amazing and, as far as garments go, always a cut above.
Velvet Not So Fun Fact: Velvet is difficult to clean because of its pile, but modern dry cleaning methods tend to work well to clean velvet to its lustrous appeal!
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Velvet pants! How wow is that? Thank you Victoria’s Secret!
Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’.
Velvet, a gorgeous material truly fit for kings and queens! Be victorious in velvet!
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She wore whatever color velvet she preferred!
The girl can’t help it! She’s earned the right!


Due to velvet’s high class look and feel, the fabric makes for glamorous evening wear. However, velvet clothing and accessories also work for a casual, yet fashionable, look. Think a velvet blouse with skinny jeans and pumps. How adorable is that ensemble? The velvet dolls the look up, yet the denim jeans add a touch of office or daytime look to the outfit.
Can you say, “I’m dressed and velveted up to go pump gas, people! I’m a true fashion diva!”
The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East, and it isn’t until the beginning of the 14th century that we find any mention of the soft textile. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. The art was later taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that were similar to those from the great Italian cities.

Popular Types of Velvet Fabrics:

  1. Chiffon
  2. Crushed
  3. Devore
  4. Embossed
  5. Hammered
  6. Lyons
  7. Mirror
  8. Nacre
  9. Panne
  10. Pile-On-Pile
  11. Plain
  12. Utrecht
  13. Velveteen
  14. Voided
  15. Wedding Ring Velvet

No matter the color, no matter the type, when dressed in velvet you’ll look and feel just right! I understand the velvet hype!
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Although there are other fabrics that are similar to velvet, such as corduroy and velour, velvet is by are a fashionable fabric that oozes glamour, royalty, richness and class!

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Fashion strong? The answer has been velvet clothing all along!
“Sir, didn’t your mother teach you to keep your hands to yourself?”
“I merely needed to feel the material of your dress, see how soft it felt.”
“Much like when my little brother would get a buzz haircut and I would rub his head?”
“Exactly. Except that haircut feels prickly and rough. Your garment is smooth instead.”
“Yes. Velvet is easy on the eyes and feels marvelous to the hands.”
“Let’s give a hand to velvet. The finest fabric in all of fashion land!”
Velvet: Rich, elegant, luxurious and truly grand!
Wear velvet and take a winning style stand!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denim duds…a main staple of American (and world) fashion! Where would we be without denim clothing? Almost as lost as when Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro (a muscle car of vast performance)…until Chevrolet redeemed that mistake and brought the popular car back on the market. Vroom, vroom!
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.  “Quack, quack…those are some mighty fine denim duds you’ve got on there!”
While denim is a popular material for jeans, denim makes for fabulous dresses, skirts, jackets, purses, shoes, overalls, etc. Pretty much any garment can pull off denim. Do I hear a denim wedding dress, anyone?


Blue Jean Denim Fun Fact: The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
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The name ‘denim’ derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.”
Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although “jean” formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Delicious, dazzling, delightful denim duds!

Denim Fun Fact: Denim has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity in 1873 when Jacob Davis, a tailor from Nevada, manufactured the first pair of ‘rivet-reinforced’ denim pants. His concept for making reinforced jeans was inspired when a female customer requested a pair of durable and strong pants for her husband to chop wood in. When Davis was about to finish making the denim jeans, he saw some copper rivets laying on a table and used the rivets to fasten the pockets. Necessity, the mother of invention!
Dry denim (or raw denium) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time, dry denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will usually occur on those parts of the material that receives the most stress.
“My dear, how would you like your denim?”
“Faded, ripped, threaded and shredded!”
Who knew that type of denim would become a mainstream fashion must have?

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Washed Denim Fun Fact: After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. In addition to being washed, washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. In jeans made from dry denim, fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates a more natural look rather than an artificially distressed denim.
Downright darling, your denim duds!

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One thing is certain with denim. The sturdy material creates garments of upscale, youthful appeal, as well as an overall look of casual…as in, well, denim overalls!

For those that adore faded jeans:
Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending to the upper calf.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades, which resemble train tracks.


Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant Indigofera trintoria, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Dip that dyed denim, darling!
Denim fabric dying is divided into two categories:

  1. Indigo Dying – Produces the traditional blue color and similar blue shades.
  2. Sulfur Dying – Produces specialty black colors with other colors, such as red, pink, purple, grey, rust, mustard and green.

No matter the denim color, blue, red, black or green, you’ll always be a fashion hit in denim on any style scene!

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Whether you prefer to wear your denim ripped or solid, it’s your choice. Create your own unique fashion voice!
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Denim duds: Always a hit, never a miss. Now give those favorite jeans of yours a thank you kiss!
“My denim jeans outshine your denim jeans.”
“But the style of our jeans looks very much the same.”
“Mine aren’t faded, are neatly pressed, the material even and long.”
“Mine are faded, ripped, shredded and cut…definitely fashion strong.”
“Mine have more fabric and look more expensive. I paid a hefty price.”
“My tattered denim look is free…I tore them up myself. Ah, fashion nice!”
Denim sugar and spice. No matter how you prefer to wear your denim, don’t allow anyone to make you think twice!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846