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When it comes to fashion garments, necklines have a large impact on the look and style of the clothing. The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. For each garment worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of the clothing with a collar, cowl, darts or pleats.


One type of neckline that is sexy, sensual and perfect for spring and summer is the halterneck. Halterneck is a style of women’s clothing straps that runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding up the dress or the top.

In addition to tops, blouses and dresses, the halterneck style is used in bathing suits to maximize sun tan exposure on the back, and minimize tan lines. The halterneck style creates the look of a backless dress or top. The neck strap itself can be covered by your hair, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding up the garment.

Halterneck Fashion Tip: If a bra is worn with a halterneck, the bra is generally strapless or of halterneck construction itself, to avoid exposing the back straps of a typical bra. For those of you who are fashion fearless, exposing bra straps is a popular trend. Your fashion, your choice! Be fashion forward!

Other Popular Types of Necklines:

1. Boat Neck – A high, wide, slightly curved neckline.
2. Deep Necklines – Low necklines in either V, U or square shapes, revealing various amounts of cleavage.
3. Jewel Neckline – Round and sits at the base of the throat.
4. Off the Shoulder – The neckline rests low and below the shoulders and collar bone.
5. One Shoulder Necklines – Asymmetrical necklines that cut across the torso diagonally, exposing one shoulder.
6. Polo Neck – High, close fitting collars that wrap around the neck (turtlenecks).
7. Scoop Neck – Curved shaped Us, with the arms of the U hanging on the shoulders.
8. Square Neck – Three linear edges, with the bottom edge meeting the side edges at a right angle.
9. V-Neck – Two diagonal lines from the shoulders meet on the chest, creating a V shape.

For a cool, chic neckline that passes the hot summer weather test, the halterneck is truly the best!

High top fashion in spring and summer halternecks!

For summer and beach wear, a halter top is incredibly popular. A halter top is a sleeveless shirt similar to a tank top, but with the straps being tied behind the neck as opposed to the straps going over the shoulders, like spaghetti straps. In another style of the halter top, there is only a narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that the top is predominantly backless. This design resembles many bikini tops, although the halter top covers the chest more and may cover all of the abdomen.

High end style in a halterneck! High fashion, high top halternecks!

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

 

Sure, life can be much easier and more fun when you have lots of money, but money doesn’t mean everything. On those weekends when cash is tight and your time is open, it can force you to get creative and explore activities that you may not pay much attention to when your wallet is large. This is actually a good thing. You’d be amazed at how many activities you can do and what you can explore when your budget is forcing you to nickel and dime it!

Favorite Affordable Weekend Activities:

• Bowling: Everyone should bowl at least once in their lifetime. Most larger cities have a bowling alley in the area that can guarantee you a fun, competitive event at a reasonable cost. Toss in nachos and a coke from the snack bar and have a grand time on a dime!

• Take a Hike: Most of us spend so much time in our cars, on public transportation, etc. that getting out in the open air and enjoying a hike is a welcome pleasure. Whether you take a short stroll through hills or a long hike up mountains, the exercise and fresh air will feel good!

• Plan a Picnic: If the weather cooperates, a picnic in the park passes time and costs you only the price of the food you pack. Some cities offer free outdoor concerts in the park. Why not lay out a blanket, feast from your picnic basket and enjoy some great music at minimal expense?

• Visit a Coffee House: Coffee houses have become the new “fast food restaurants” to drink and socialize in. You can pass an entire afternoon hitting a coffee house with friends, indulging in your favorite flavored coffees and chatting for hours. You can catch up on all the latest gossip and connect with friends on a deeper level at the same time.

• Host a Movie Night: Invite family and friends over for a movie night at your house. Everyone can pitch in for pizzas or you can do a potluck style gathering, where the cost of food is divided among the guests. Laughter, food, and fun on a budget!

• Hang Out in a Sports Bar: Sports bars offer delicious food, drinks, access to viewing sporting events, pool tables and dart boards. For the same amount of money you would spend at a restaurant for dinner, you can choose to eat at a sports bar with unlimited free entertainment while you watch your favorite teams battle it out. Not a sports fan? A little competition does the body and mind well!

• Go for Ice Cream Treats: Find your closest Baskin Robbins or frozen yogurt shop and indulge in your favorite ice cream treats! Satisfy your sweet tooth with amazing ice cream desserts and your taste buds and mood will ramp up, while your pocketbook doesn’t take a nosedive. Ice cream brings everyone to their happy place!

With so many things to do that don’t require lots of money, one should never be bored. Unless, of course, the stillness and restful state of being bored brings you to your happy place. There is a serenity about slowing down, doing nothing, and regrouping! After all, this is how you keep your energy up to do fun activities on  a budget!

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 a cosmetics guru, did you know that you can actually change your overall appearance by simply choosing the color of lipstick or lip gloss you decide to swipe on? Just like with your clothing, in addition to your look, changing the color of your lipstick can also elevate and change your mood. From classic red to pink to nude, experimenting with various shades of lipsticks can truly improve your attitude!

Roaring Red Lipstick: The color red exudes a strong and powerful energy. As a lipstick, the color red stands out as the epitome of sex appeal and femininity. Red lipstick is energizing, excites the emotions, and motivates you to take action.

Pretty Pink Lipstick: The color pink is romantic, affectionate, and intimate. Pink lipstick is feminine, girly, and dainty. Lather your lips in pleasing pink lipstick and you won’t go wrong.

Opulent Orange Lipstick: Orange lipstick is the bomb! There is something about orange lips that stand out. You get an aura of bold confidence and opulent royalty. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical reaction of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange lipstick will get you through any kind of day in a fun, upbeat way.

Nifty Nude Lipstick: For a look that is naturally warm and inviting, your best bet is to opt for a nude-toned lipstick. Makeup companies have interpreted nude cosmetic tones as a fair to medium skin color. Nude lipsticks look flesh-toned and glamorous. It’s suitable for any look or mood that you’re in. Nude lipsticks complement every skin tone: fair, medium, or dark.

Pleasant Purple Lipstick: There is no denying that purple lips pop. Whether you prefer a deep, dark purple or violet color, maybe even a lighter hue of lavender, when you color your lips in shades of purple you’ll always look trendy and fashionable.

Lipstick Tip: For a dry-mouthed look, go with matte lipsticks. For a shiny, wet look, you want to use lip gloss.

Love the lips that you’re in. Alter your look with this easy tip – change the color of your lipstick!

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

Whether we admit it or not, most of us are celebrity and movie junkies that either follow celebrities and their latest fashion trends or flock to theaters to see them entertain us on the big screen. People have a fascination with Hollywood, with Los Angeles being the movie capital of the world.

One of the main Hollywood events revered and watched worldwide is the Academy Awards, also knowns as the Oscars. With the 91st Academy Awards fast approaching, airing on February 24, 2019 and being hosted at the Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, many of us will watch the televised event, fascinated by the fashion, hair, makeup, shoes, and jewelry, draped on our favorite celebrities. We’ll root for the feature films that moved us, thrilled us, entertained us, and made us feel emotion. Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Roma, Black Panther and Vice to name a few.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcasted on the radio in 1930 and first televised in 1953. The glamorous event can be live streamed online and be watched almost anywhere in the world. The Academy Awards is the oldest worldwide entertainment ceremony. The Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music are modeled after the Oscars.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of approximately 270 people. The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for the night’s ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors, and other participants in the filmmaking industry, for their works between 1927 and 1928. The ceremony ran for 15 minutes! That’s such a short event compared to today’s three-hour airtime!

So, how do you capture and partake in the Academy Awards’ opulent allure? You can attend the red carpet event, throw or go to an Oscar party, or simply watch the awards show in the comfort of your own home with good food and great friends!

After all, as far as Hollywood award shows go, the Academy Awards are truly the champions of the world!

Thank you filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and all motion picture members who help bring these great stories to life on the big screen!

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 so many cosmetic lines available on the market, both walk-in and online stores promoting major sales and price reductions on numerous beauty and skincare items, do you as the consumer really benefit from product sales and gimmicks?

Ulta Beauty Inc. is a chain of beauty stores in the United States, headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Ulta Beauty carries cosmetics and skincare brands, men’s and women’s fragrances, and hair care products. Ulta Beauty has both walk-in and online stores, and all walk-in stores are equipped with a salon. Twice a year, usually in the months of March and September, Ulta has a 21-day sale where select brands or items give huge discounts for one day. Each day throughout the 21 days has at least two beauty steals, with discounts up to 50% off. Ulta also promotes Hot Buys which run through the entire 21-day sale. Along with the events, you are usually offered Beauty Samplers and Try Me Kits. These deals come from Ulta’s upcoming catalog and their online link. All listed deals are available both in-store and online unless the deal is listed as an online exclusive. Another sales technique used by Ulta is free shipping for Platinum and Diamond members and free shipping with a $50.00 or more purchase for UltaMate members.

For all you fashion and beauty lovers and for those of you that occasionally glam up, is Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty worth the hype? Yes!

Our fascination with cosmetics, skin and hair care products is evident, as the beauty industry racks in billions of dollars in sales annually.

If you receive an Ulta catalog in your mailbox announcing their upcoming 21 Days of Beauty deals and browse the magazine, you’ll see why Ulta’s bi-annual sale benefits both Ulta and you as the consumer. Leading up to the event, if you actually shop in the store before the sale begins, it’s all too easy to get lured into eyeing not only the beauty items you plan to purchase at that time, but additional items will catch your eye, and you’ll think “Why not? I’ll buy those during the 21-day sale.” There is something about thinking you got a bargain and are spending your hard earned money wisely that makes you feel good and satisfied!

Another way Ulta’s 21-day sale is a success is because if you spread your purchases out over a number of days, you’ll feel like you’re spending less money overall, as opposed to one large purchase in one day. Then by tossing in free shipping for any order over $50.00, you’ll naturally hike your cart price up while you’re shopping, which even though you’ve spent more money, you’re happy because you saved on the shipping!

If you’re someone who buys a large number of cosmetics and beauty products throughout the year, then Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty is a great promotional sale for you. Ulta carries their own brand, as well as a large supply of major brand cosmetic products, so you’ll have numerous makeup, fragrance, skincare and hair care items to choose from. Some people prefer certain brands while others will mix and match their cosmetic choices, and you have this preference made available to you through Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. You can buy all your favorite reduced items in one store or on one online website, over a 21 day period.

There’s a great reason why Ulta advertises their 21 Days of Beauty as “Beauty’s Biggest Event,” because to cosmetics lovers and beauty gurus, it is!

Watch for Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty and shop away. Every guy and gal uses skin and hair care products so you’ll certainly find items you will love and get your money’s worth out of, and save money in the process. Your price reduced purchases will feel like a major success.

Put Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty frenzy to the test. A cosmetic and beauty lover’s 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

 

Nearly everyone feels at times like they need more hours in a day. Why is it that we all get 24 hours in each day, yet some people tend to thrive with productivity while others lag behind no matter how much effort they feel they invest? It can all come down to how you choose to spend a pivotal ten minutes of your day. Even if a 10-minute routine is difficult for you to fit into an already busy schedule, once you make the routine a daily priority you will soon complete it without any effort, as it will become a welcomed habit. You’ll even enjoy it!

We all need time to ourselves in order to have the strength and energy to get through our daily tasks and give our time to others!

10-Minute Routines to Boost Productivity:

• Stretch/Yoga: Taking 10 minutes of your day to fit in stretch exercises and/or yoga can cause you to relax and free your body and mind of stress. This will make you more inclined to tackle projects, deadlines and responsibilities in a positive manner.

• Walk/Run: If you’re someone who prefers the outdoors, taking a 10 minute walk or jog can help you boost your productivity throughout the day. Whether you do this first thing in the morning, or later in the day, the exercise and fresh air will rejuvenate you much like taking a desirable, much needed nap.

• Read a Magazine or Book: You’d be surprised how far you can get in a good book in 10 minutes. Or merely get comfortable in your favorite chair and thumb through a magazine. You’ll be focused on the stories, articles and pictures, and your mind will clear itself of all the daily clutter. You’ll be recharged and able to focus on the tasks at hand that your daily life demands.

• Meditate: The definition of ‘meditate’ is to think deeply or focus the mind for a period of time, in silence or chanting, in order to relax you. At some point during your day take a 10 minute break, go to a quiet place and simply meditate. Your clear mind and thriving energy level will thank you.

• Wake Up 10 Minutes Earlier/Relax: If you wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning and do nothing but relax or merely rest in bed, you’ll be wide awake by the time you put your feet on the floor. This will ensure you have plenty of energy as soon as you start your day.

Another great way to have a stress free, wonderful, productive day is to set time aside to do something you love. Whether you call a friend, eat yummy food, shop or just chill and watch YouTube videos, setting 10 minutes aside each day to do something  you want to do will not only make you feel better, but give you an enjoyable reason to get out of your comfy bed in the morning!

Having something pleasant to look forward to helps build a healthy, happier, happening you!

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