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It’s no secret that beauty and fashion divas and consumers are some of the most loyal customers who will go to great lengths to ensure they are purchasing the best beauty products on the market. Good news for all beauty enthusiasts! Fabulous beauty products that work wonders don’t have to be expensive products.

In today’s social media world, beauty gurus have many beauty blogger sites available to them with cosmetics and beauty product information. As a diehard beauty/style/fashion blogger and beauty social media influencer, I have put together a list of the 15 beauty products that define 2018 and are worthy of finding their way into your cosmetic bag and medicine cabinet!

NYX Professional Lipstick Kits: Perfect for all lips. NYX lipsticks are lustrous with a magnificent stay on power hour by hour.

Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum jelly is a must have for all beauty routines. From removing makeup to softening skin, petroleum jelly is a sure win.

Multipurpose Mist: Revitalize your skin with a dewy mist. Just a spray away from looking tired to appearing energized and refreshed.

Soothing Skin Lotion: No matter how soft your skin is, we all need skin lotion. Hydrate and revitalize the skin that you’re in.

Argan Oil Styling Conditioner: Argan oil styling conditioners work wonders on your hair, detangles, controls frizz, and strengthens your hair. Damage controlled!

Makeup Brushes: Applying makeup with the proper set and sizes of makeup brushes is key to a flawless finish on your face. Soft brushes will glide over your sensitive skin with no irritation.

Rose Colored Blush: No matter your preference for the brand, every beauty diva needs blush on hand. A rose color will never do you wrong to add just the right amount of health and vitality to your face and help define your cheekbones.

Eyebrow Definer: Shape, color, and make your eyebrows stand out. Besides your eyelashes, your eyebrows help highlight and bring your facial features out.

Twilight Bath Bomb: Twilight bath bombs are relaxing bath enhancers with lavender oil to de-stress your mind and body and soften your bath water, thereby softening your skin.

Glitter Eyeshadow: Glimmering, glitter eyeshadows are a gem of a deal. Bring bedazzling elegance to your eyes no matter your eyes’ color or size.

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizing Cream: For soft, wrinkle-free skin, L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizing Cream is a dream come true. Perfect for all beauty divas like you.

Hair Shine/Gloss: If you ever wonder how celebrities get hair shiny enough to sparkle in the sun, spray on hair shine/gloss is the answer for everyone.

Organic Leave In Hair Conditioner: For hair that is healthy, thick and gives off a luminous shine, organic leave-in hair conditioners are simply divine. Control the damage and radiate health with leave-in conditioners on your bathroom shelf.

NYX Cosmic Metals Neon, Bold Colored Lipsticks: No more sticking to safe lipstick colors like reds and pinks. Bold neon lipstick colors like blue and green make a glamour girl sure to be seen.

Coco Mademoiselle Chanel Perfume: Let’s save this classic masterpiece for last. All glamour girls wear perfume, and Coco Chanel scents give off heavenly blasts. This luxury scent never loses its glorious aroma and public appeal. It’s a real beauty steal.

The billion-dollar beauty business is never going away. For beauty besties who pay attention to their purse strings, excellent beauty products at affordable prices are here to stay. Bring out your inner glamour girl every day!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Color brings life to the world. The leaves of trees that turn from green to gold and orange, a rainbow after a storm, neon lights shining bright at a carnival, and makeup to add color and sunshine to our gorgeous faces.
Color does help the world to be a brighter, nicer, more beautiful place!
Now, back to the face. For a change of pace that is fun, fashionable and fearless, why not paint your eyelashes with bright, bold, vivid color? How, you ask? Simple…apply colored mascara.
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Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. Mascara may darken, thicken, lengthen and/or define the eyelashes. Most mascaras contain the components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives. Mascara comes in three forms: liquid, cake and cream.
Eyelashes are hairs that grow at the edge of the upper and lower eyelid. Eyelashes protect the eye from debris and perform some of the same functions as whiskers do on a cat or mouse in the sense that they are sensitive to being touched, thus providing a warning that an object is near the eye.
Eye, eye, eye! Dress up the eyes with a cool collection of colored mascara.
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Mascara Fashion Tip: On a normal, day to day routine, I tend to prefer dark black mascara…the darker and thicker the lashes, the better. Add black eyeliner for fabulous definition and mesmerizing eyes. However, sometimes it is fun to rock the boat, or bat an eyelash, and doll up your eyes to amazing proportions. How? With wonderful, vivacious colored mascara!
Mascara can be defined as “a cosmetic substance for darkening, lengthening, curling, coloring and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod.” Note: mascara can be used on the eyebrows as well, to add depth, thickness and shape to the brow.
Go bold and brash with a colored lash!
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Fashion Tips for Wearing Colored Mascara:

  1. Match the color of mascara to your natural eye color.
  2. Let the color of mascara match and/or highlight your selected shades of eye shadows.
  3. Wear one color of mascara on your upper lashes and another color of mascara on the lower lashes.
  4. Wear various colors of mascara across the upper and lower lashes.
  5. Match the color of mascara to your outfit of the day.

So many ways to play the day away experimenting with colored mascara!
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Eyelash Fun Fact: Eyelashes take about seven to eight weeks to grow back if pulled out, but constant pulling may lead to permanent damage. Natural eyelash color may differ from that of your hair, but tend to be darker on those with medium to dark skin, and lighter on those with fair complexions.
Love the eyelashes and the skin you’re in! Beauty is fun to glam up with on the outside, and really radiates when it comes from within!
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Eyelash Fun Fact: The follicles of the eyelashes are associated with a number of glands known as the glands of Zeis and the glands of Moll. On embryos, the eyelashes develop from the ectoderm between the 22nd and 26th week of pregnancy.
Mascara Fun Fact: Aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal practice, and mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyes and eyebrows. During the Victorian era, women were known to spend a majority of their day occupied with beauty regimens, one being a great effort to create the illusion of long, dark eyelashes.
Rock the day and night away the cool, chic, colored mascara way!
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Long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty if many cultures. In addition to lengthening the lashes with mascara, some women enhance their eyelash length artificially, using eyelash extensions. Permanent eyelash tints and extensions have also become popular procedures in basic salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplants done on the head.
Mascara, in all glorious colors, pulls the eyelash from the rim of the eye, creating a doe-like illusion of larger, more open eyes.
Be a wonderful wide-eyed wonder when your eyelashes are decorated with colorful, magnificent mascaras!
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Two, four, six, eight. What does a makeup lover appreciate? Charming colored mascara!
“I’ve never seen such long, lovely, yellow eyelashes before.”
“If you had seen me yesterday it was baby blue eyelashes that I wore.”
“Do you change your color of lashes depending on how your day goes?”
“That is actually a clever idea but I match my lash colors to my clothes.”
“Your eyes are beautiful indeed…they sparkle, shimmer and shine.”
“And when I highlight them with colored mascara the results are truly divine!”
See the world through spectacular lashes…colors for individual divas and colors for the fashion masses!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When it comes to eyebrows, the knack is in the shape. Whether the shape of your face is round, long, oval, heart or diamond, the appeal of your face can be contoured and enhanced by the color, length and width of your eyebrows.
The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges. Eyebrows come in many shapes and sizes: some people have thick and bushy eyebrows, whereas others have thinner, more pointed eyebrows. Some people prefer to wear their brows full, while others either pluck or shave their brows, preferring to draw on a thin eyebrow.
Your face, your preference, your fashion choice!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: The eyebrows’ main function is to prevent sweat, water and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression.
Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows have an important function in communication, strengthening expressions, such as surprise, anger or sexiness. Many makeup artists view eyebrows as a major feature in defining the face. Eyebrows not only shape the face, but give definition to one’s eyes and forehead.
As with all human features, people modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, hair removal and makeup.
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How to Shape Your Eyebrows:

  1. Imagine a straight line from the outside of your nose to the inside corner of your eye. This is where your brow should begin.
  2. Imagine a straight line from the center of the upper lip, along the outer edge of the nose, up to the outer corner of the eye. This is where your brow should end.
  3. Imagine a straight line from the tip of the nose through the middle of the eye pupil. This is where your eyebrow arch should be.

Follow the above steps for exquisite eyebrows as beautiful as can be.
Would you like thinner eyebrows? This can be accomplished through tweezing, waxing and threading.
Would you like thicker eyebrows? You can fill the brows in with eyebrow pencils and gels, which create an outline for the brows or mimick hairs in sparse areas.
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: To create a fuller look, eyebrows can be cloned in an eyebrow transplant. Individual strands of the eyebrow are mimicked to create natural looking eyebrows of the desire shape. Too much for you? Why not try eyebrow tinting? Permanent hair dye, similar to hair color, is used on the eyebrow to darken or lighten them.
Another procedure that can be used to shape the eyebrows is an eyebrow lift. This is cosmetic surgery to raise the eyebrow, usually to create a more feminine or youthful appearance. Also, doctors can inject patients’ eyebrows with botox or similar toxins to temporarily raise the eyebrow.
Sometimes it’s resorting to ouch, ouch, ouch to get the perfect arch, arch, arch!
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Eyebrow Threading: Eyebrow threading is a popular method of hair removal originating in Asia. In more recent times, eyebrow threading has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with cosmetic application. Threading is a method for removing and shaping eyebrows.
In eyebrow threading, a thin cotton or polyester thread is doubled, then twisted. The thread is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair in one swipe.
Methods of threading include the hand method, mouth method and neck. It has been noted that the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.
The benefits of threading? This process allows for a more defined and precise shape to the eyebrows and can create better eyebrow definition. Threading can also be used as a method of removing unwanted hair from the entire face and upper lip.
 
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: In a study published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where subjects were asked to identify celebrities with either their eyes or their eyebrows digitally edited out, the subjects were able to recognize the celebrity 46% of the time with their eyebrows edited out, compared to 56% of the time with their eyes edited out. This finding indicates the true importance of eyebrows in providing clues to an individual’s identity.
Having an eye for great looking eyebrows!
Eye, eye, eye, Captain. Make no bones about it! The eyebrows have it!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows serve a purpose besides adding depth and beauty to the face. The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which the eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that moisture has a tendency to flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of the head and along the nose.
Eyebrows: So many functional purposes; so many ways to doll them up or down to add character and a signature flair to your fabulous face!
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Get going on the eyebrow shaping race…fantastic good taste for the face!
“The high arch of your eyebrows indicate that you are surprised to see me.”
“No, actually I shaped them this way to add perfect definition and to please me.”
“Your brows do look lovely, so thick and full. They accent your eyes.”
“Yes, a full, lengthy eyebrow makes for a beautiful face and is just the right size.”
“When it comes to eyebrow know how you seem quite wise.”
“You are correct. And for that reason, my dear, you should not be surprised.”
“So I am not to be fooled by your dazzling exterior?”
“If you knew the knowledge stored behind my brows in my brain you may feel inferior!”
The perfect eyebrow for the perfect look for the perfect face! Let your eyebrows complement your face like leather to lace!
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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
 
 
 
 
 

High heeled shoes are footwear that raises the heel of the wearer’s foot significantly higher than the toes. Sandals are an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankles. Sandals are generally flat, but can have a heel.
What do you get when you combine high heels with strappy sandals? A glamorous, highly sexy shoe!
Strappy sandaled high heels allow your feet to put on a fashion show everywhere that you go!

People generally wear sandals in warmer climates or during hot parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Add a high heel to the sensible sandal, and you’ve added alluring appeal that can cause both a raised height and a visual high!
There is no denying that high heeled shoes look lovely on the feet and add posh glamour to any outfit. Strappy sandaled high heels add extra elegance and a sassy, sexy, classy look.
Positive Effects of Wearing High Heels:

  1. High heels change the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of the calves.
  2. High heels change the wearer’s posture, requiring a more upright and altering gait in what is considered a seductive fashion.
  3. High heels make the wearer appear taller.
  4. High heels make the legs appear longer.
  5. High heels make the foot appear smaller.
  6. High heels make the arches of the feet higher and better defined.

Even with the benefits of wearing high heels, I believe most people wear them for the same reason I do. High heels are beautiful! Fashion is a creative, visual, aesthetic field!

High Heel Fun Fact: Medieval Europeans wore wooden-soled patten shoes, which are regarded as the ancestors to contemporary high heels. The high heel has been traced back to Persian horse riders in the Near East who used high heels for functionality, because they helped hold the rider’s foot in stirrups. It has been suggested that raised heels were a response to the problem of the rider’s foot slipping forward in stirrups while riding. These features are evident today in riding boots, most notably cowboy boots!
Ah, shall we boot scoot boogie in a seductive pair of strappy sandaled high heels? Let’s give the pretty girl a whirl and a twirl! Yeehah!
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Sandal Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the United States, in the state of Oregon. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years. The Ancient Greeks distinguished between ‘baxeae’, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers, and the ‘cothurnus’, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, worn by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and men of rank and authority.
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Seal the stylish shoe deal with strappy sandal high heels!

High Heel Fun Fact: According to high fashion shoe websites like Jimmy Choo and Gucci, a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters), while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches (6.4 and 8.9 cm) are considered “mid heels”, and any heel over 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) is considered a “high heel.” Extremely high heeled shoes, such as heels above 6 inches (15 cm), can be viewed as ‘eye candy jewelry for the feet’! Sweet! Give your fabulous feet a treat!
Sandal Fun Fact: A typical sandal may have a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. Sandals are often held to the foot by a narrow thong that passes between the first and second toe, or by a strap or lace, called a latchet, sabot strap or sandal, that passes over the arch of the foot and around the ankle.
Mix together the strappy high heel with the open sandal, and you have a shoe that will never look drabby or dull! Wonderful footwear everywhere that you go!

A major benefit of the strappy sandal high heel is that the fabulous shoe can be worn as a dressy shoe or a casual shoe. Depending on how you’re dressed, either in a stunning evening gown, or a pair of cuffed denim jeans, with a strappy sandal high heel on your foot the outfit says “I always dress like a queen!”
Create a strappy sandal high heel scene, as the sensual shoe makes the leg appear long and lean.
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High Heel Fun Fact: During the 16th century, European royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England, started wearing high heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By 1580, men wore heeled shoes, and a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as “well heeled.”
In modern society, high heeled shoes are a large part of women’s fashion. High heels force the body to tilt, emphasizing the buttocks and breasts.
There is no denying that women adore their high heels! A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that 42% of women admitted they would wear a high heeled shoe they liked, even if the shoe caused them discomfort!
Occasional clothing pain is a fashion diva’s gain!
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The strappy sandal high heel equals pure fashion gold! How do I know? It’s simple. I wear them everywhere that I go! The foot doctor says, “Say it ain’t so!” I say, “I’m proud to say it is so!” Oh so lovely, the strappy sandal high heel!
“Excuse me dear, but how do you walk in heels that high?”
“It’s elegant and easy. You should give it a try.”
“Your shoes are spectacular, but I think I’d fall down.”
“With these strappy beauties on my feet I can dance my way through town.”
(Demonstrates. Skips, walks, jumps up and down).
“How do you do that? Stilts on your feet yet you maneuver so well.”
“The secret stays with me. A true glamour girl will never kiss and tell!”
Strappy sandal high heels slide on the feet just right and always emit a sensual sight!
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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
 

Choker necklaces are by far one of the most elegant, beautiful pieces of jewelry by far. Whether the choker consists of real diamonds, or merely a thin piece of velvet material, the look and appeal of the choker gives the wearer a look of majestic opulence.
Chokers are, to sum it up, a gorgeous piece of neck wear!
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including lace, velvet, plastic, beads, stones, gemstones, metal (silver, gold, platinum) and ribbon. Chokers can be adorned and decorated in many ways, including with sequins, studs or pendants.
Chokers hug the neck in all the right places!

A necklace is an article of jewelry that is worn around the neck and can either fit tightly (choker), loose, or hang down to the wearer’s waist. Necklaces are worn by both men and women in cultures around the world for purposes of adornment and social status. However, in Western culture, the necklace often carries female connotations.
Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 4,000 years, coming to life during the stone age. The oldest necklaces were made of natural materials, such as shells, bones, teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, seeds and stones.
I love the elegant, feminine look of the choker, above all necklaces. The choker, a chic cut above! With such a fabulous piece of jewelry, what’s not to love?
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Choker Fun Fact: Common types of chokers include Victorian, vintage, open collar, Gothic, pendant, gemstones or tattoo.
Chokers are associated with high fashion, for their look of beauty and graceful appeal. Ballerinas and the upper middle class in the late 19th century often wore certain types of chokers.
Chokers became popular among women and girls in the 1990s, with this fashion trend resurfacing in the 2010s through today. For high glamorous neck wear, the fabulous choker is here to stay.
Chokers can be simple, yet oh so full of pizzazz. A bare chested dress, with merely a choker to offset the garment, speaks volumes!
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Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Chokers – Sit and fasten on the neck.
  2. Princess Necklace – Rests right below the neckline.
  3. Matinee Necklace – A single strand that rests on top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace – The necklace sits at the breastbone.
  5. Rope Necklace – Any necklace longer than an opera necklace.
  6. Lariat Necklace – A very long variation of the rope necklace, without a clasp, often worn draped around the neck. The ends can be crossed over, looped or knotted.

Popular Adornment Necklaces:

  1. Cross Necklace – Features a Christian cross.
  2. Diamond Necklace – Needs no explanation, often given as gifts of love.
  3. Pearl Necklace – Pearls can either be all the same size or various sizes, with one or more strands.
  4. Tooth Pendant Necklace – Animal teeth, such as a shark tooth.
  5. Prayer Bead Necklace – A long, beaded necklace typically in the form of a wide lasso, usually with a religious symbol.
  6. Riviere Necklace – A single strand of gemstones of the same size and cut.

So many necklaces, only one neck. What’s a jewelry lover to do? Wear more than one type of necklace at one time (i.e. a choker with a rope necklace, a diamond princess necklace with a long strand of dangling pearls). Or, when in doubt, give the choker a try out!

Mixing and matching necklaces can really doll up a neck, and an outfit!
Choker Chic: The elegant, knock-out necklace!
Choker Fun Fact: Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy women. In 1874 the choker necklace was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s, by queens. Radiant necklace royalty!
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Necklace Fun Fact: Cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans. Twine and string enabled the development of smaller, more durable, intricate necklaces. After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, copper, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make gorgeous necklaces for both men and women.
And, wahlah, metal chains came onto the fashion scene. Gem-cutting and glassblowing allowed highly polished gemstones and beautiful art glass to be added to making glamorous necklaces.

Deck out your neck for a look that is spicy, effervescent and sure to impress the rest!
Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution, as seen in Manet’s “Olympia (1861)”.
Today, hey, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker can merely be an aesthetic way to add class and glamour to your outfit choice of the day!

Necklace Fun Fact: If a necklace includes a primary hanging feature, such as a charm or a large stone, it is called a pendant. If the pendant has a small container, the necklace is called a locket. It is common practice to place pictures of loved ones inside a locket, such as a spouse, lover or children.

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You love the looks of chokers but you don’t own one? Then either run to your nearest jewelry store and treat yourself to a nifty necklace. Or, better yet, make one yourself with velvet or ribbon. Remember the famous cameo chokers? Why not place a cameo at the center of your choker and bring the dainty cameo choker back to the forefront of fashion?
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The Choker: A necklace lover’s passion and a staple of high fashion!
“Although the choker around your neck is lovely, don’t you find it fits too tight?”
“It fits snug and hugs the neck. The fit feels oh so right.”
“The choker gives you a look that is dainty, soft and darling.”
“That’s the choker’s great appeal. It matches with everything.”
“So whether your blouse or dress neckline is high or low, the choker wears well?”
“Precisely. Just look at the way I wear this choker. Any fashion diva can tell!”
The choker is a necklace lover’s first choice…always a stylish sell!
Marvelous…absolutely swell!
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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
 
 

When you consider the various colors of the most popular eye shadows (blue, gray, brown, gold, bronze, purple, lavender, pink, hazel, green) I feel one of the best colors to bring the pop, sizzle and punch out of your eyes is gorgeous shades of greens. Green eye shadows, for adding so much glamour to your face, tend to fade into the background of more popular cosmetic colors. Such a  glamour girl pity!
Green eye shadows complement all color of eyes and match well with lipstick shades of reds, pinks and golds. The color green is a positive color, the color of growth, spring, renewal and rebirth. Eyes painted with glorious greens evoke a beautiful face fit for a queen.

Eye shadow is  a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. It can also be worn underneath the lower eyelashes. Eye shadow, in addition to adding sparkle to your eyes, can also be used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out and look more attractive.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply make the wearer’s eyes more noticeable. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow is generally made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream and mousse form.

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Cosmetics, also known as makeup, are substances or products used to enhance the appearance or scent of the body. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering one’s appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Ah, glimmering, glorious green eye shadows. I see cosmetics as an art form, much like a painter filling in a canvas with breathtaking brush strokes of paint colors!
There are many shades of green that make for glamorous eyes, some being pale green, sea green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, dark green, aqua, olive green, yellow green and grass green. In the realm of eye shadow colors, a green eye screams to be seen!
Powerful and serene in just a few swipes! I understand all the green hype!

Eye catching glamour with green eye shadows!
Many people use eye shadow simply to improve their appearance, but it is also commonly used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on the wearer’s skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention.
How to Apply Eye Shadow:

  1. Place a primer on the eyelid area where you wish to apply the eye shadow.
  2. Decide if you would like to apply cream eye shadows, powder eye shadows, or a combination.
  3. Apply the color where you prefer with either an applicator brush or your fingertips.
  4. If you prefer, eye shadows look particularly pretty when you use both lighter and darker shades of the same basic color. With green eye shadow, a dark green or olive shade just above and below the eyelashes, with a lighter green or pale green shade above the upper eyelid (much like a smokey eye using greens) looks lovely.
  5. Blend well.

Now give a hand to your wowing green eye shadow wonderland!

Green Eye Shadow Fashion Tip: If you want to wear green eye shadow but feel a completely green eye is too bold and bright, green eye shadows look particularly appealing when toned down with gold shades or aqua shades. A mix of these colors match splendidly for an attractive, stunning look!

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Eye Shadow Removal: To remove your eye shadow, a commercial eye makeup remover cream works well, and can be purchased at department stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores. Petroleum jelly works wonders for removing eye shadow (and other cosmetics such as mascara, blush, eye liner and lipstick) with ease. Also, warm water and soap works, but be careful with soap near the eyes. Ouch!
Cosmetic Fun Fact: Cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40), and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmetae” was first used to describe Roman slaves whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.
Be a glam queen and reign supreme in eyes decorated with colors of cool, serene green!

Green Fun Fact: In color psychology, the color green is the color of balance and harmony. Green renews and restores depleted energy. Green is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. Green is an emotionally positive color and gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.
Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Restoration
  4. Self-Reliance
  5. Reliability
  6. Calm
  7. Well-Balanced
  8. Nature
  9. Family Oriented
  10. Sympathetic
  11. Kind
  12. Loyal
  13. Generous

Nice words to be associated with, right? For an eye that is cool, chic, glamorous and sweet, go with green eye shadows! Give your eyes a treat!
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Green Eye Shadow: A definite glam eye grand slam!
“Your eyes of green are the most becoming eyes I’ve ever seen!”
“Why thank you, but my eyes are brown.”
“I was referring to your eye shadow; fabulous shades of green abound!”
“My gorgeous green cosmetic colors highlight my dazzling brown eyes.”
“And add beauty, dimension, glamour, depth, intrigue and size.”
“Not to mention emit a vibe of mesmerizing and wise.”
No matter your color of eyes, why not give glamorous shades of green eye shadows a try?
Ooh la la, you beauty queen! You look fly!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most people, if given the choice of things they love, would choose a maximum amount over a mini amount. Large candy bars over fun sized bars, big gulps over little gulps, three scoops of ice cream over one scoop, one million dollars over one dollar, etc.
Where is this universal concept reversed? With the miniskirt!
Whether you’re one who adores wearing a fashionable miniskirt, or whether you’re a person who loves to see a great pair of female legs walking in a miniskirt, the fabulous miniskirt is a garment where the less material, the better! Yes, longer skirts can be just as beautiful and certainly have their place in fashion, but it is the miniskirt that remains a constant signature fixture of mainstream culture.

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A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress. A micro-miniskirt, or microskirt, is a miniskirt where the hemline stops at the upper thigh.
My oh my, your to-die-for skirt is thigh-high! Such a pleasure to the eye!

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: While the miniskirt looks visually appealing with any shoe (even flats or bare feet) the short skirt is such a show stopper that a high heel or high heeled platform shoe adds extra glamour, allure and oomph. A high heeled boot ramps the sexiness of the miniskirt to even higher levels of posh pizzazz.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was linked to a miniskirt.

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How to be an unassuming, silent flirt? Strut your darling diva self in a magnificent miniskirt!
Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London-based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian Andre Courreges. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first to offer fashionable miniskirts.
From 1969 and onward, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the ‘midi’ and the ‘maxi.’ A longer skirt hemline coincided with the feminist movement. In the spring of 1982, short skirts began to reemerge. By the mid-1980s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century.

An extremely popular miniskirt is the denim skirt. Denim skirts are always in high demand, whether the skirt is long or short. Denim miniskirts? A diva dream girl’s dazzling desire!

If you tend to dress fancier than denim, and feel denim skirts need some glamming up, add bedazzled jewelry for accessories, perhaps a rhinestone necklace and a pearl belt! Or, better yet, add gems, stones and jewels to the denim skirt to bedazzle that already pretty skirt to over-the-top fashion flair and fun!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K. Bergey, who depicted futuristic women in a “stereotyped combination” of metallic miniskirts, bras and boots. The “sci-fi miniskirt” was seen in genre films and television programs as well as on comic book covers.

Major ‘max’ appeal: the miniskirt!
Miniskirts make for some fun, modern, eye catching garments. Whether you prefer a tight, pencil miniskirt, or a flared, A-line hem, the miniskirt is by far a sensual style gem!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: In 2003, Tom Ford, at that time described as one of the few designers able to effortlessly dictate changes in fashion, stated the micro-skirts would be the height of fashion for the Spring/Summer 2003. At this time, an even briefer version of the micro-miniskirt emerged, creating a garment sometimes described as a ‘belt-skirt’.

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: For summer wear, the miniskirt look great when worn with a bare set of legs. For those more modest, or during cooler weather, miniskirts worn with opaque stockings or leggings look particularly fashionable and avoid revealing too much!
Peek-a-boo! But don’t peek. The miniskirt will tease to please!
Despite the miniskirt’s popularity, the skirt is still seen as controversial by some people. The miniskirt remains subject to bans and regulations, many times in office dress codes and school dress codes.

Not sure what to wear? A miniskirt will do the trick. Always a trendy fashion pick!
“Pardon me, but I believe that you lost a good chunk of your skirt.”
“You’re showing your lack of fashion sense. I’m wearing the fabulous miniskirt.”
“Do you find it difficult to bend or to walk in such a short dress?”
“Golly gee, I really don’t. Let’s put your question to the test.”
“I believe a girl of your radiant class and charm would move with style and grace.”
“You have guessed correctly. I have exquisite panache and glorious fashion taste.”
The miniskirt: A staple of here-to-stay fashion for the entire human race!
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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