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Hairstyles can make or break a look, but one popular, classic hairdo is the braid. A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, and, of course, hair! Compared to the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow interlaced strands of hair.

In other words, completed braids resemble a criss-cross hair pattern!

Popular Types of Braids:

1. Box Braids – Hair braids which are characterized by boxy or square shaped hair divisions. They are typically created by adding synthetic braiding hair. This hairstyle is a means of protective styling.
2. Cornrows – An ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines.
3. Crochet Braids – Also known as latch hook braids, this type of braiding involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook.
4. Fishtail Braids – Also known as the Herringbone, this braid includes the weaving of separate strands where the finished braid resembles the tail/bones of a fish.
5. French Braids – This braid includes three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. The Dutch braid is a form of the French braid.
6. Standard Braids – Two or three sections of hair are overlapped, creating the standard, twisted braid.

Braid Fun Fact: The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years. The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is a female figurine estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BC. It has been disputed whether or not her hair was braided or its a sort of woven basket on her head. The Venus of Brassempouy is estimated to be about 25,000 years old and shows a braided hairstyle.

The braided hairstyle began growing in popularity around the world. During the Bronze Age and Iron Age many peoples in the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean, North Africa, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Babylonians, Amorites, Hittites, Mitanni, Israelites, Persians, Medes, Chaldeans, Armenians, and more are depicted in art with braided hair.

Long or short, here to there, look spectacular and splendid with braided hair!

Braiding is traditionally a social art. Because of the time it takes to braid hair, people have often taken time to socialize while braiding and having their hair braided. It began with elders making simple knots and braids for younger children. Older children watched and learned from them, started practicing on younger children, and eventually learned the traditional braid designs. This carried on a tradition of bonding between elders and the new generation.

Cornrow Braids Fun Fact: Depending on the region of the world, cornrows are often worn by men and women and are often adorned with beads or cowry shells. Cornrows are easy maintenance, as rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through the careful washing of hair and regular oiling of the scalp.

Crochet Braids Fun Fact: While crochet braids are a hybrid of traditional braids, they’re considered to be more similar to weaves. The natural hair can be twisted or braided but is most commonly styled into cornrows before affixing the synthetic hair. Using a latch hook or crochet hook, the synthetic hair (in the form of loose bulk) is then attached. Parts of the hair extensions are grabbed by the hook and pulled through the underside of each cornrow, working from the front of the hair to the back at a 90-degree angle.

A Not So Fun Fact About Braiding: Braids pulled too tight or worn for considerable lengths of time can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.

Whether your braid preference is box, crochet, cornrow, fishtail, standard or French, no matter which braids you step out in, be assured you and your hair will look and feel your best!

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 https://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

 

 

There’s no denying that pencil skirts are indeed a wonderful fashion garment to write home about! Hail the pencil skirt! With its slinky cut and hip hugging style, the pencil skirt takes top honors in skirt types in my opinion!

As you know, a skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards, or a separate garment serving the same purpose. A pencil skirt is a slim fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut, giving the skirt its slinky, sensual look. Generally the hem stops at, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close, tight fit. The pencil skirt gets its name for its long, slim cut, much like a pencil.

Pencil skirts can be worn as separate clothing or as part of a suit. Do you want a professional, businesslike look? Add a blazer and a white blouse with your pencil skirt. Are you out for a different vibe, say sexy, sensual and youthful? Pencil skirts and crop tops make a sensational combination. Add patent leather high heels or sandal stilettos for a look that is sophisticated, trendy and chic! Sexy sirens adore pencil skirts!

Narrow fitting skirts are a popular staple in women’s fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre World War I fad. The hobble skirt fits tight at the hem, which impedes walking with long strides. One is forced to walk in small, shorter steps, which almost gives off a hobble effect. Hence, the hobble skirt was named!

Due to the pencil skirt’s tight, slinky fit, running or riding a bicycle can be quite challenging. Getting into and out of a vehicle takes practice. But if you master the art  of strutting gracefully in a pretty pencil skirt, the outstanding look you give off is like no other!

Fans of the pencil skirt? Pencil me in!

For those of you that adore pencil skirts, and all skirts, this one is for you!

Popular Types of Skirts:

  1. A-line Skirt: A skirt with a slight flare, roughly in the shape a capital letter A.
  2. Bell Shaped Skirt: Flared from the waist out.
  3. Circle Skirt: A skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is full but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts or pleats.
  4. Culottes: A garment constructed like a pair of shorts but hangs like a skirt.
  5. Full Skirt: A skirt with fullness gathered into the waistband.
  6. Pleated Skirt: A skirt with fullness reduced in the waist by means of regular pleats or folds, which can be attached flat to the hip level or free hanging.
  7. Short Skirt: A skirt with the hemline well above the knees.
  8. Wraparound Skirt: A skirt that wraps around the waist with an overlap of material.

For those of you into fashion fads, some darling skirts are: ballerina skirts, cargo skirts, denim skirts, hobble skirts, leather skirts, maxi skirts, miniskirts, poodle skirts, sarongs, skater skirts and trouser skirts.

Since the 1970s, the rise of women wearing pantsuits has become an option for casual and formal wear, however one can never go wrong when you attend an event dressed in a perfectly popular pencil skirt. A pencil skirt gives off an aura of business and pleasure, whether worn at the office or at an event of leisure!

If you’re getting ready for an elegant night on the town and would like to buy yourself a fashionable outfit consisting of a ruffled blouse, a strand of pearls, 5″ high heeled shoes and a radiant pencil skirt, pencil me in! I’ll shop with you until we drop (or at least find the most gorgeous pencil skirts in the store)! Could a true glamour girl really want more?

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 https://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

Oh how we all wish we could adore the skin that we’re in: blemish free, soft and smooth with a healthy, happy glow. I’m thrilled to say it can be so. By eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and protecting and nurturing your skin with the right products and daily skincare routine, you truly can love the skin that you’re in.

Skincare can seem overwhelming with so many serums, products, and brands on the market that promise radiant, wrinkle-free, and blemish-free skin. What’s a glamour girl or guy to do when you walk down the store aisles and you see so many lotions, moisturizers, and soaps standing out at you?

Your basic skin care can be simple with great results by using 5 essential products to help you relish the skin that you’re in!

• Facial Cleanser: Facial cleansers will clean your skin and are easier and more gentle on your skin than soap. When cleansing, start at the bottom of your face and work your way up to stimulate the skin and open the pores. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

• Skin Toner: A strong skin toner works wonders for a healthy skin care routine. Toners close pores, remove traces of built-up oils and help seal in moisture.

• Moisturizers/Oils: Once your face is fresh and clean, you’ll want to prevent dryness by applying a moisturizer or facial oil. Dry skin leads to premature aging, clogged pores, and dull looking skin. Oils help to moderate your skin’s oil production as opposed to making oily skin oilier.

• Facial Masks: Although you don’t need to use a facial mask every single day, once a week is a grand idea to help firm and cleanse your skin. All beauty supply stores carry face masks geared for different skin types (dry, normal, oily, combination) and skin conditions (deep-pore, mid-pore and topical). Cream, clay, and mud masks are very popular and can either be wiped off or peeled off when your mask treatment is complete.

• Clean, Soft Makeup Brushes: Once your skin care routine is finished for the evening or morning and it’s makeup time, you’ll likely want to brush a light dose of translucent powder over your face to give you a healthy, radiant glow. Always use soft, clean brushes to keep your pristine skincare routine at its best.

After only a few weeks of sticking to your routine, your face will thank you. You’ll not only feel shiny clean, but your face will appear smoother, younger, and more supple. You’ll definitely have healthy, blemish-free skin! Radiant!

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 https://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

We all enjoy the pampering and pleasure we experience when we indulge ourselves in a fabulous facial at our favorite spa. The luxury creates a soothing, relaxing effect. We feel refreshed and rejuvenated! Added benefits include a healthy, younger looking skin. Ah, to love the skin that you’re in!

Facials are used for both general skin health and to treat specific skin conditions. Popular types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials, and mini-facials.

Depending on your preferred results, your skin type, and your complexion, there are different types of facial masks (cactus, cucumber, etc.) used for different purposes:

  1. Deep Cleansing: Penetrates the pores, healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.
  2. Brightening: Brings a gradual illumination to your skin tone.

Facials are performed using moisturizing creams, masks, or a combination of both. A large part of the success of your facial is determined by the type of moisturizer that you use. Moisturizers are complex mixtures of chemical agents specifically designed to smoothen the skin and make external layers of the skin softer and more pliable.

Facial masks help hold in moisture, making your skin supple and adding a healthy glow. Some masks are designed to solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while others remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long-term benefits. Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping the mask off with a damp warm cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face.

Fabulous facials make your skin look and feel healthy and younger!

Why not rejuvenate your skin and your mind with a professional facial, or better yet, master your own do it yourself facial? Be kind to yourself and the skin that you’re in!

Fabulous Facials Preserve All Skin Types:

  1. Normal Skin
  2. Dry Skin
  3. Oily Skin
  4. Combination Skin
  5. Aging Skin
  6. Sensitive Skin

Fancy, youthful, stress-free faces deserve fantastic, fresh facials!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for an indulging facial using marvelous masks and face creams.

Put your best face forward by keeping your skin hydrated, radiant and glowing! Your oh so beautiful skin is showing!

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 https://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

 

In fashion, no matter how much you pay for a particular garment, you always get value by wearing velvet. Velvet is a fabric that always looks regal, lovely, rich and luscious, be it a velvet skirt, blouse, dress, jacket or shoes. Velvet rules!

Velvet is a type of woven fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive soft feel. The word velvety actually means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either natural fibers or man made synthetic fibers. No matter which type of velvet you wrap yourself in, your velvet outfit will always be a hit.

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This process made velvet expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today.

Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being silk. Much of the velvet today sold as silk velvet is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton can also be used to make velvet, as well as linen, mohair and wool.

The fabulous fashion value of wearing velvet!

Velvet Fun Fact: Due to velvet’s unusual softness and luxurious appearance, as well as its high cost of production, velvet fabric is associated with royalty and nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Baghdad, and in the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. This gorgeous fabric was then exported to Venice, where it spread through Europe. In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed “in velveto.”

Velvet clothing looks simply magnificent and magnetic in all colors, but black velvet always looks regal, stunning and ravishing!

Popular Types of Velvet:

  1. Chiffon: Lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or rayon chiffon base.
  2. Cisele: Velvet where the pile uses cut and uncut loops to create a pattern.
  3. Crushed: Luscious velvet with a patterned appearance that is produced by either pressing the fabric down in different directions, or mechanically twisting the velvet while wet.
  4. Devore: Velvet treated with a caustic solution to dissolve areas of the pile.
  5. Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern.
  6. Hammered: Extremely lustrous, appears dappled and somewhat crushed.
  7. Lyons: A densely woven, still, heavier weight pile velvet used for hat and coat collars.
  8. Mirror: Exceptionally soft and light crushed velvet.
  9. Nacre: The velvet pile is woven in one or more colors and the base fabric is another color, creating a changeable, iridescent effect.
  10. Panne: Crushed velvet.
  11. Pile-on-Pile: A luxurious velvet woven with piles of differing heights to create a pattern.
  12. Plain: Made of cotton, plain velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes.
  13. Utrecht: A pressed and crimped velvet.
  14. Velveteen: Imitation velvet, normally made of cotton or a combination of cotton and silk.
  15. Voided: Woven with areas of pile free ground (usually satin) forming a pattern.
  16. Wedding Ring: Velvets that are fine enough to be drawn through a ring.

No matter what type of velvet you prefer, every form of dainty, stunning velvet looks like the real thing!

Be runway, catwalk and camera ready when you step out in velvet so lovely and steady!

Velvet Fun Fact: The earliest sources of European artistic Italian velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures. The art was then taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that matched those of the great Italian cities. The soft properties of velvet, the splendid colors, the fabric being used and associated with royal and state robes, the material being fit for ecclesiastical vestments and the richness of velvet made the Italian velvets the most magnificent textures of their time.

Whether you’re attending a black tie event, a fancy dinner or stepping out in a warm gorgeous jacket in the dead of winter, dressing in the glorious fabric velvet is always a winner!

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 https://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

 

 

 

As the year 2018 comes to a close, the end of the year and the beginning of the next year find the world celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  We welcome in the new year in a partying, celebrating, joyful way. In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, December 31. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, with dancing, eating, watching fireworks, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc. The celebrations generally go past midnight, into New Year’s Day, January 1.

Many people enjoy dressing up for New Year’s Eve, with fancy clothes, black dresses and black tie garments, jewelry and dramatic makeup. For a full dress of glitz and glam, a large part of the look is going heavy with your face makeup, most notably the eyes.

Dramatic eyes bring out your true glamour.  Eye power!

Tools Needed for Dramatic Eye Makeup Include:

  1. An eye pencil a shade darker than normal (preferably black)
  2. Eye makeup primer
  3. Jet black mascara or fake eyelashes
  4. Coal black liquid eye liner
  5. Various shades of eye shadow (powder or cream)
  6. Eyebrow pencil
  7. Eye makeup brushes
  8. Glitter and jewels if preferred

Dramatic eye makeup looks beautiful, brings out the warmth and color of your eyes and adds depth and dimension to the size of your eyes. Eye makeup is commonly worn to make your eyes stand out and look more attractive. When applying eye shadow, the smokey eye is a great way to add allure and pizzazz to your eyes! Sexy, sophisticated and stunning!

Dramatic eye makeup for your New Year’s Eve drama!

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Dramatic  Eye Makeup Tips:

  1. Eye shadows that match your eye color and your clothing look regal and chic.
  2. The more dark and dramatic your eyes are decorated, the lighter your lipstick should be. Don’t over power your eye makeup with neon, popping lipsticks. Smokey eyes done with various shades of blue eye shadows look gorgeous with a nude or light pink lip.
  3. Cats eyes are always a dramatic eye win. The secret is in the eyeliner extension beyond the corner of your eyes.
  4. Experiment and wear the dramatic eyes you were meant to have.  I’ve even seen eye makeup applications where the eye shadow colors on the right eye are different than the eye shadow colors on the left eye, or vice versa. Your face, your beauty, your preference!

For dramatic eyes, the most crucial two elements are the mascara and the eyeliner.  Apply jet black mascara (many coats), and/or jet black false eyelashes and jet black eyeliner (both on your upper and lower eyelids) to obtain the most dramatic eyes of all.

With your eyebrows, obtain the perfect arch. Eyebrows act as a frame for your entire face. Lovely, elegant and full of grace. Wow, you have fantastic makeup taste!

The secret to looking hot, alluring, sensual and sizzling is in the eyes. What better time for over-the-top makeup than on New Year’s Eve? Ring in the new year like the glamour girl that you are…your beauty and mesmerizing looks will go far!

Be the true diva star! Dazzling eyes that are sure to dazzle!

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 https://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

 

 

What is one fabric that’s popular around the world, worn daily by many people, and is immediately recognizable? If you guessed denim, congratulations!

Whether in a great pair of jeans, jackets, or skirts, we all know denim when we see ’em! But what exactly is denim? Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck.

Denim Fun Fact: It is characteristic of most denim that only warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of this warp-faced twill weaving, the outside of your jeans shows the blue warp threads and the inside shows the white weft threads!

Sometimes it’s fun to dress in denim from head to toe, but in order to add a more elegant look to rugged denim, wearing softer materials such as lace, satin, or chiffon blouses with denim skirts or pants is a great way to mix tough and tender. This combination makes for a graceful, trendy look. So don’t shy away from dressing up in denim!

When dressed in this stylish, vogue material, you may snarl traffic by causing a major denim disruption!

Over time, denim will usually fade. Some people adore their faded denim!

Types of Faded Denim Patterns Include:

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: The inseam of the jeans are hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length, with the extra fabric stacking on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up the calf.
4. Train Tracks: These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern forms two sets of parallel fades which resemble train tracks.

The massive, popular blue jean production has caused a major fashion seduction around the world. Cheers to denim for helping to take fashion into a whole new direction! Is denim just a fad? No way! The revered fabric known as denim is here to stay!

The world’s love affair with denim is no secret!

Although denim is a durable, sturdy fabric, often associated with jeans, overalls, and outdoor activities, adding the right materials and accessories to your denim creates a look that radiates and dazzles.

High rise or low rise: rise to any occasion dressed in delicious denim duds!

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 https://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

With the holidays being in full swing, houses are decorated, Christmas trees are trimmed and presents are being wrapped. As with all holidays, various colors are traditionally associated with the Christmas season, most notably green, red and gold. Have you ever wondered what those colors represent and how they originated? The Christmas colors get their meaning from the western/northern European traditions and customs, where Christmas being in the middle of winter is dark and cold.

Green: Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during long winters. Green also reminds people that spring will come and that winter won’t last forever. Green is also the color of the ever adored Christmas Tree!

Red: The early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam and Eve in Christmas plays. Red is also the color of Holly berries.

Gold: Gold is the color of the sun and light – both important in the dark winter. Gold is also the color of fire that people used to keep warm. Gold was one of the presents brought to baby Jesus by one of the three wise men, and is the color used to show the star that the wise men followed to the manger.

‘Tis the season to be seen wearing green!

The color green is serene, beautiful and magical. In color psychology, green relates to balance and harmony, a great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. The color green also represents growth, spring, and rebirth. This relaxing color is found abundantly on earth, and acts as a sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us to a sense of well being.

Make a holiday party entrance and feel like a queen when dressed divine in glorious green!

Green is considered a cool color on the color wheel and is known as an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.

Positive Traits of the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Renewal
  4. Restoration
  5. Reliability
  6. Tactful
  7. Calm
  8. Nature Lover
  9. Down-To-Earth
  10. Family Oriented
  11. Sympathetic
  12. Compassionate
  13. Generous
  14. Loyal

Dress in stunning green clothing and look and feel regal and royal!

For those of you that adore the color green, good news! You have various shades of this gorgeous color to choose from to spice up your winter (and summer) wardrobe!

Various Shades of the Color Green:

  1. Aqua
  2. Dark Green
  3. Emerald Green
  4. Grass Green
  5. Jade Green
  6. Lime Green
  7. Olive Green
  8. Pale Green
  9. Yellow Green

To thine own heart be true. Green is a clothing color that works perfectly well for you!


Green Fun Fact: Green is known as the color of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. Green relates to the business world, real estate and property.

Since green is the color of U.S. currency (money), step out in green and look like a million bucks, you fashion honey! You’ll be right on the money!

Tis the holiday to dress in green and know you’ll stand out in a crowd, sight unseen!

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 https://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

 

Genuine leather always looks like a touch above. Think leather sofas and furniture, car upholstery and clothing. From leather boots to leather dresses, leather jackets to leather purses, leather clothing items carry off a look of fine, luxurious fashion.

Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide, mostly cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. Leather is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and decorated by a wide range of techniques. The earliest record of leather artifacts dates back to 2200 BC.

The leather manufacturing process is divided into three subprocesses:

  1. Preparatory Stage: This is where the hide is prepared for tanning. Processes include liming, deliming, hair removal, degreasing, bleaching and pickling.
  2. Tanning Stage: This process stabilizes the proteins of the raw hide so that it doesn’t putrefy, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
  3. Crusting Stage: This is the process that thins and lubricates the leather, including coloring operations. Chemicals added during crusting must be fixed in place. Crusting brings on the drying and softening process of the leather, including splitting, shaving, dyeing, whitening and other methods.

How do you keep your luscious leather garments water resistant? By applying oils such as mink oil, neatsfoot oil, or a similar material that keeps the leather supple and improves its lifespan dramatically.

I remember when I was in high school I bought myself the most gorgeous pair of knee high, burgundy leather boots. I also bought a $100 container of leather oil to apply to my beautiful boots to keep them looking lovely and new!

 

Various Tanning Methods Include:  

  1. Vegetable Tanned Leather
  2. Chrome Tanned Leather
  3. Aldehyde Tanned Leather
  4. Brain Tanned Leather
  5. Alum Leather

Leather is a durable, stunning, comfortable type of clothing to wear in all types of weather!

Loving on the leather look!

Leather Fun Fact: Today, most genuine leather is made from cattle hides, which constitute about 65% of all leather produced. Other animals that are used for leather include sheep, goats, pigs, horses, lambs and kangaroos. Ostriches are now becoming known for producing ostrich leather.  Of course there is also synthetic leather, which looks like the real thing but is manufactured from materials that aren’t living animals!

In addition to looking chic and trendy, leather clothing maintains excellent resistance to abrasion and wind. For this reason, leather clothing is used in many occupations. Think sturdy leather work boots, and of course the always recognizable black leather motorcycle jacket. Happening leather action for complete leather satisfaction!

Top Leather Grades Include:   

  1. Top Grain Leather
  2. Full Grain Leather
  3. Corrected Grain Leather
  4. Split Leather
  5. Patent Leather (My favorite…so shiny and fancy)
  6. Bonded Leather

No matter what color leather you prefer to wear, and if the hemline goes from here to there, step out in luscious leather without a fashion care!

Leather clothing truly becomes you! Fill your fashion closet with garments of leather. “I have way too much leather in my closet,” said no one ever!

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 https://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

 

 

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Whether worn for style and fashion because an ankle boot can make an outfit, or you choose to slip your feet into  a grand pair of ankle boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the rain, the ankle boot in fashion is here to stay! Most ankle boots are worn for reasons of style and fashion over practicality and often times signifies women’s boots.

Ankle boots are the most widely worn style of fashion boots, often under pants but also with skirts, shorts and dresses. Ankle boots are also the only type of fashion boot commonly worn by both men and women, and this awesome boot has remained popular since the 19th century. Ankle boots vary in length from booties or shoe boots (a boot that skims the ankle), to boots that rise to the mid-calf. The soles of ankle boots can be flat or platform, with heels that are stiletto, chunky, wedge, one inch or higher.  Those incredibly high ankle boots make you look sizzling…on fashion fire!

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, ankle and calf-length boots were common footwear for women. Rising  hemlines made longer styles of boots popular. Worn with knee length skirts, ankle boots were often adorned with decorative features such as elaborate stitching, gems, stones and fur trims.

A fashion salute to the adorable ankle boot!

Fashion ankle boots are defined from a pair of shoes by the length of the shaft. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches (20cm), while calf length boots have a shaft anywhere from 8 to 15 inches (20-38cm). The shaft of fashion boots can be fitted, loose, slouched (straight legged or loose fitting).

Ankle Boot Fun Fact:  Close fitted ankle boots achieve flexibility by the use of gussets; slits in the material either at the top of the shaft, or wider panels at the sides of the shaft, which are backed with elastic fabric. Compression folds around the ankle allows for movement of the foot.  Move in saucy style when your feet are adorned with colorful, cool ankle boots. Boots so glorious you’ll want to walk that extra mile! Even with a smile!

 Ankle boots display a variety of fasteners. Laces are commonly used in ankle boots, along with zippers and/or elastic. Slip on ankle boots and button up ankle boots also make for a pair of boots that are easy to get on and off, as well as look stylish and trendy aesthetically.

I’m literally up to my ankles in all the latest styles of adorable, beautiful, playful ankle boots!

Whether your ankle boots are made from leather, patent leather, vinyl,  velvet, rubber or suede, any outfit that is highlighted by a stunning pair of ankle boots on your feet definitely gets an A+ grade!

“I love your ankle boots. They’re oh so cute!”

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 https://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