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How many of you get dressed in the morning in a cozy, flexible, comfortable T-shirt dress and then slip your feet into sneakers? I personally would consider a nice pair of high heels or jeweled sandals as the best shoes to wear with my T-shirt dress, but the style of mixing the dress and tennis shoes together has become widely popular. So much so that I now find the look cute and girly.

Many people who work in offices wear high heels with their office dresses or dress suits, then slip into tennis shoes on their breaks and lunch time to do some walking. The style now is to simply wear you sneakers all day and night long, to offset your trendy T-shirt dress. A mix and match fashion statement at its best!

Sneakers, also known as athletic shoes, tennis shoes, gym shoes, sports shoes, runners and trainers, are shoes primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise, but which are now also worn for everyday footwear. Sneakers have flexible soles made of rubber or synthetic material and an upper part made with leather or synthetic fabrics.  The name “sneakers” originally referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground, in contrast to noisy standard hard leather sole dress shoes. If you wear sneakers you can sneak up on someone, while someone wearing heels or hard soled shoes cannot.

Sneakers Fun Fact: The name “sneaks” is used by prison inmates to refer to warders because of the rubber-soled shoes they wore.

Notable Brands of Sneakers Include:

Adidas, Air Jordan, Brooks, Converse, Diadora, Dunlop, Ethletic, Hummel, Kappa, Keds, Lescon, Merrell, Mizuno, Nike, PF Flyers, Pro-Keds, Puma, Reebok, Skechers, Umbro, Vans and Yeezy.

Popular Types of Sneakers:

  1. High Tops (Cover the ankle).
  2. Low Tops (Expose the ankle).
  3. Mid-Cut Sneakers (In-between high tops and low tops).
  4. Sneaker Boots (Extend to the calf).
  5. Slip-Ons (Expose the ankles and don’t have shoe laces).

T-shirt dresses and sneakers aren’t only for office breaks!

T-shirt dresses normally have short sleeves and a round neckline, much like the T-shirt. T-shirt dresses are made of cotton textile in a stockinette or jersey knit and have a distinctively pliable texture compared to dresses made of cloth or finer fabrics. The hemlines of T-shirt dresses vary from miniskirt to ankle length, depending on the cut of the garment and your personal preference. No matter the length, T-shirt dresses paired with sneakers gives off a youthful, fun, sexy vibe.

Whether you’re walking down the street, strutting through the mall or merely dressing hip, mixing T-shirt dresses and tennis shoes definitely gives off a look and style that says “I have it and I know it!”

Get the “it” factor when dressed in a trendy T-shirt dress and sassy sneakers.

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

 

 

Even if you aren’t a true beach fan, most all of us have a day or two over the summer months when a day at the beach sounds lovely! If not the beach, then lounging by a pool, or taking a swim, is a sure way to beat the summer heat. What about those times when you want to wade in the surf, walk the strand or sit comfortably in a lounge chair, yet you don’t want to do those activities in only your bathing suit? That’s when a sultry sarong or a classic bathing suit cover up will work perfectly for you!

A sarong is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist. The fabric often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, and my be brightly colored by means of dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Did you know that different types of sarongs are worn in different places in the world, notably the lungi in India and the izaar in the Arabian Peninsula?

A true sarong consists of a length of fabric about a yard wide and two-and-a-half yards long. In the center sheet, across the narrower width, a panel of contrasting color or pattern about one foot wide is woven or dyed into the fabric, which is known as the “head” of the sarong. This sheet is stitched at the narrower edges to form a tube. As you step into the tube, you bring the upper edge above the level of the navel (the hem should be level with the ankles),  position the head at the center of the back, and fold in the excess fabric from both sides to the front center, where they overlap and secure the sarong by rolling the upper hem down over itself.  Wahlah, a perfect fit!

Sultry sarongs and bathing suit cover ups!

Hip wrap sarongs make for perfect beach wear by themselves or as a cover up over a bathing suit. Some sarongs have ties, which are long, thin wraps of fabric that you can tie together to prevent the sarong from falling down.

Sarong Fun Fact: The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of films set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1040s. Dorothy Lamour is by far the actress most linked with the sarong, which was designed by Edith Head. Lamour was nicknamed “The Sarong Girl” by the press and even wore a sarong on occasion in more traditional films.

For all of you fashion divas, you can mix and match your sarong to any garment you have on! Who said sarongs are only beachwear?

Sing your favorite summer song lounging on the beautiful beachside, enjoying the glorious sunshine, eating your favorite food and styling in your sultry sarong. You can’t go wrong!

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

 

 

 

Prince was a pop culture music icon. Tom Cruise dominated the box office. Bell bottom pants were the rage and big hair ruled. Wearing bright colored clothing of yellows, oranges, and greens made you a stand out fashion queen or king. Along with bands such as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd, the 1980s rocked! MTV brought us music videos which were something the world had never seen. Remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

The 1980s were a decade of flamboyance and fun, and its fashion trends are making a major comeback this Fall. Great trends stand the test of time and never truly go away.

Popular 80s Trends that are Fashionable for Fall 2018:

Bell Bottom Jeans: Both bell bottom and hip hugger jeans were all the rage in the 80s. Eric Clapton’s hit “Bell Bottom Blues” proves this to be true! Bell bottom and flared pants are back in fashion today, especially in low waisted pants. Let bell bottom jeans ring your bell.

Short Shorts and Hot Pants: In the 80s, gals wore their shorts and their skirts extremely short. Hot pants and miniskirts set the stage for contemporary fashion. Today, think Daisy Dukes for short shorts and the adored miniskirt has never gone away! To really spice the look up and go full retro, wear your short shorts with fishnet or opaque stockings! Priceless!

Big Hair: Big hair and bouffant hairdos ruled in the 80s. Guess what? Long, plush, coveted heads of hair are back in style. While short haircuts are cool and sassy, long, teased, big hair looks bold and brassy! This fall, large curled hair rules them all.

Platform High Heeled Shoes: In the 80s, if you were decked out in bell bottom jeans, the only fitting shoe that would do your look true justice was the platform shoe. Whether the heel was thin and spiked or large and chunky, platform shoes were the bomb. Even Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury performed live on stage in platform shoes. Step into Fall 2018 where once again the gorgeous platform high heeled shoe takes center stage.

Bright Colored Clothing: Before the earth colors of blues, browns, and mauves took over in the 90s and early 2000s, bright colors of yellows, oranges, and greens defined the 80s color schemes. From clothing to furniture to houses, bright bold colors were in. Even yellow cars dominated the road. Welcome Fall 2018, where the fun colors of yellow, orange, and green are coming back in a big way. Top your bright colored clothing off with a straw or felt hat and turn heads from every which way.

Patent Leather Boots: These beautiful patent leather boots were all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s, spilling over into the 1980s. Whether your choice is thigh high patent leather boots, knee high boots or ankle boots, it’s true that all boots are made for fashionable walking. Walk yourself into Fall 2018 with these fabulous, bold boots!

No matter what your favorite fashion decade might be, clothing and beauty trends may come and go, but what works best for you should always be your main choice. Treating yourself and going through each day in style with a smile on your face means you’ll always win the fashion race! Other popular trends of the 80s that you can bring back if you desire are feathered, layered haircuts, shoulder pads, Ray-Ban sunglasses, fringe suede purses, dark blue eyeshadow and pink frosted lipstick.

Return of the 1980s: 80s trends making a comeback this Fall 2018! Don’t wait to be a retro-1980s fashion plate!

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

 

The pretty and pleasing fabric known as plaid never goes out of style. As early as the 1830s, plaid was a popular fabric pattern in the world of fashion. Plaid is a recognizable pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but today plaid fabrics are available in many other materials.

Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross, which gives the appearance of new colors blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinct pattern of squares and lines known as a ‘sett’.

Ready, set, go…look fabulous from head to toe when you are dressed in the cool, chic, rad fabric that is plaid!

Plaid Color Shades and Meanings:

1. Modern: A plaid that is colored using chemical dyes as opposed to natural dyes.
2. Ancient: A lighter shade of plaid that represent the colors that would result from the fabric aging over time.
3. Muted: Plaid which is shade between modern and ancient. This type of plaid is very modern, dating only from the 1970s. This shade is said to be the closest match to the shades attained by natural dyes used before the mid-19th century.

For those of you that prefer a splash of plaid as opposed to being wrapped in plaid, why not carry a plaid handbag or doll yourself up in plaid accessories? A touch of plaid looks exceptionally graceful and elegant on anyone, yes, even men!

Plaid Fun Fact: Plaid is recorded by counting the threads of each color that appear in the sett. The thread count not only describes the width of the stripes on a sett, but also the colors used. For example, the thread count “K4 R24 K24 Y4” breaks down as 4 black threads, 24 red threads, 24 black threads and 4 yellow threads. The first and last thread of the thread count are the pivot points.

The word ‘plaid’, derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket, was first used to describe any rectangular garment. Over time, the term ‘plaid’ was used to describe blankets themselves.

Today plaid is a pretty, pleasing pattern that looks both elegant and fun and is adored and recognized by everyone!

The fashion pandemonium plaid is never a fad!

Although plaid prints can be found in all colors, plaid fabrics consisting of black, red and yellow are the most popular. For a striking, stunning sight, dress in plaid garments of black and white.

Gorgeous and glad to be wearing plaid!

Even though the plaid pattern never goes out of style, plaid is making a huge fashion statement for Fall/Winter 2018! Go out and buy the perfect plaid clothing for your closet…it shows great taste! You’ll enjoy wearing plaid and receive so many compliments that your money certainly won’t go to waste! Whether you wear plaid shirts, pants, dresses, shorts or skirts, plaid is a cute, fun, recognizable pattern adored by everyone.

Get your positive fashion spin on when wearing plaid…the criss-cross pattern is cool, chic and rad.

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

“Bell bottom blues, you made me cry. I don’t want to lose this feeling. And if I could choose a place to die it would be in your arms!” Bell Bottom Blues – Eric Clapton

Okay, Eric Clapton may be singing to a woman, but this is the same way denim lovers feel toward their cherished blue jeans.  Yes, to many people their denim duds are that desirable!

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 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!

No matter the decade and no matter the style, denim bell bottoms are fun, beautiful and fashionable. Bell bottoms are a style of pants that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape of the pant leg. Did you know that in the 1970s Sonny and Cher helped popularize bell bottoms in the United States by wearing them on their variety television show?

Bell Bottoms Fun Fact: In 1989 bell bottoms rose in popularity after bands such as The Rolling Stones, Happy Mondays and the Charlatans wore them while performing on stage.

Create a bell bottom blues revival by parading around in denim bell bottoms on your own stage! Set a glorious fashion rage!

Dazzling denim duds welcomes bell bottom blues!

How Denim is Made:

  1. Cotton is harvested by hand or machine.
  2. A cotton gin separates the cotton fiber from the seeds.
  3. The fiber is put into bales. A bale weighs around 550 pounds and can make around 400 pairs of jeans.
  4. The cotton fiber is spun into yarn.
  5. The yarn is dyed, giving it color such as the classic denim blue.
  6. The yarn is then woven in a shuttle loom or projectile loom into denim.
  7. The denim is then sent to the manufacturer for use.

Dry or raw denim, contrasted with washed denim, is denim that hasn’t been washed after having been dyed during production.

Some people prefer their denim dark blue while others prefer the washed, faded look. Patterns of fading jeans caused by prolonged periods of wearing them are a way of personalizing the garment.

Popular Patterns of Faded Jeans:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Meshes of faded line-segments that form behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that form rapidly from the crotch area.
  3. Stacks – Irregular bands of fading above the ankle caused by according of the fabric due to contact with the foot or shoe.
  4. Train Tracks- Fading along the out-seams due to abrasion.

One of my most favorite clothing ensembles that always looks classy, stylish and trendy are flared bell bottom blue jeans worn with black patent leather high heels, a white or black blouse and a black velvet blazer. Striking! Add accessories and a great handbag for a look that works in the office, at parties or out at your favorite restaurant enjoying brunch or dinner!

Bell bottom blues are a true garment winner!

Denim fabric dyeing is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color while sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green.

More comfortable in stretch denim? Stretch denim incorporates an elastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of “give” when putting on, wearing and removing your delicious denim duds!

Whether skinny jeans, daisy duke shorts, miniskirts, dresses or bells bottom jeans, let’s toast the beloved material worn worldwide known simply as denim! Hats off to the denim king and queens!

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

 

 

 

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Fashion, style and beauty make a loud, positive, exceptional statement! Loved worldwide, the health and beauty business is thriving and is currently a multi-billion dollar industry. Why? Because everyone wants to look, dress and feel great everyday. Much like all adored interests, some people are natural fashion and beauty gurus, while others of us want to look glamorous and stylish but need some help. I bring you Mobile Styles.

Mobile Styles is an on demand health and beauty app that you can download and request personal, professional hair stylists, nail artists, beauticians, barbers and massage therapists who will travel to you on your timeframe and your schedule. Imagine relaxing and enjoying a complete glamour makeover in the luxury and comfort of your own home!


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We all desire our own unique, sleek style, and our choice of fashion is a great way to display our inner personality to the world. Fashion consists of clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body. People take great pride in how they present themselves to others through their fashion and clothing choices.

Our fashion trends can be influenced by several factors including the cinema, celebrities, climate, creative tastes and our social preferences. Put your best foot forward when you step out in style by hiring Mobile Styles professionals to primp you up and help you discover your own signature style.

Dress to Impress: Use Mobile Styles and pass the test!


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We’re all aware of fashion shows, the runway and the fashion industry in general. Did you know the fashion industry consists of four levels?

  1. The production of raw materials, mainly fibers and textiles including leather and fur.
  2. The production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers and contractors.
  3. Retail sales.
  4. Various forms of advertising and promotion.

Fashion trends come and go, or are here to stay, based on our aesthetic values and expressive desires. With the influence of social media, beauty and fashion bloggers and celebrities, fashion and style trends change in popularity. For all fashion divas, it can be fun to keep up with the latest fashion fads and styles, but finding the garments and looks that work well for you is always the best way to go. Express the inner you through your outer appearance. In fashion and all things: to thine own self be true!

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Fashion breathes on the media. The media plays a significant role when it comes to fashion, particularly through fashion journalism. Fashion and beauty critiques, guidelines and suggestions can be found on television, newspapers, fashion websites, social networks and fashion blogs. YouTube videos and Instagram have become major outlets for spreading fashion trends and tips. Through these media outlets readers and viewers all over the world can learn about fashion and style, making the market desired and easily accessible.


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Dress to impress without having to say a word! You’ll stand out in a crowd, that’s for sure!

Invite and book Mobile Styles health and beauty pros to come to your home, your office, your hotel room or a location of your choice. Mobile Styles experts will help you find your true fashion voice!

When booking your first glamour session with Mobile Styles, use promo code lookbook18nm and receive a $50.00 discount. Visit Mobile Styles on their website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.

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

Most everyone enjoys their days looking their best and traveling in style. The stress and strain of everyday life is easier to handle when you feel great and know that you’re impeccably put together from head to toe. The problem is that most of us don’t have enough hours in the day to spend much time on glamouring ourselves up. Let the entire process of “getting ready” be relaxing, rewarding and rejuvenating.

Mobile Styles to the rescue!

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Make your day with a magical Mobile Styles makeover!

Mobile Styles is an on demand health and beauty app that you can download on any mobile device. Mobile Styles saves you time and money by blending beauty and technology together to help you become the glamour gal or guy that you are or long to be!

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Mobile Styles professionals have created personalized “look books” to display their craft, allowing you to browse through the app to find the perfect health and beauty experts that meet your needs and can work with your busy schedule. Mobile Styles stylists bring you fashion and style that travels anywhere!

You work hard for your money…spend your cash wisely and get glitzed and glammed the easy way with Mobile Styles professionals to get you ready for your day!

Mobile Styles services include barbers, estheticians, hair stylists, makeup artists, massage therapists, nail artists and wax specialists. Health and beauty for those of you that are on the go to make you look gorgeous and energized from head to toe.

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You deserve a break. Sit back and let Mobile Styles take you on a pamper ride. You’re worth it!

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Book an appointment with Mobile Styles using promo code lookbook18nm and receive $50.00 off your first glamour session.

To learn more about Mobile Styles visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com. Follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat.

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

 

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Did you know that you can completely change the look and tone of your outfit merely by the accessories you choose to wear? A casual outfit of jeans and a blouse can be turned into a dressier look by adding patent leather high heels, perhaps a strand of pearls, diamond or gemstone earrings and bangle bracelets. Jewelry, hats, scarves and other accessories can turn a drab outfit into a dazzling outfit that works for all occasions.

Why not take it a step further and let a Mobile Styles beauty specialist paint your face to cosmetic perfection? Everything you need to go the “glamour girl” direction!

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Jewelry is adored by both women and men and is worn for personal adornment. Various items of jewelry consist of rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, chokers, bracelets, anklets and pins. Other popular types of accessories include gloves, scarves, body piercings, stockings and hats.

Various types of jewelry that add sparkle and elegance to any outfit include those made with gemstones, precious metals, beads, shells and rhinestones. Shimmer and shine and make your garments unique and simply divine! Jewelry has been made to decorate nearly every part of your body, from hairpins to toe rings. Most cultures at some point have had a practice of keeping large amounts of wealth stored in the form of jewelry. Whether you are lathered in real 18 carat gold or cosmetic jewelry, there is no denying that the adornment of accessories is exciting, elegant and beautiful.

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Forms and Functions of Wearing Jewelry:

1. As an artistic display
2. A symbol of personal meaning, such as love or luck
3. A marker of social and personal status, such as a wedding ring
4. Functional to fix clothing or keep hair in place, such as a headband or pin

Accessorize your outfit to perfection and truly adore the accessories that you are in!

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Popular, gorgeous gemstones used in exquisite jewelry include amber, amethyst, emerald, jade, jasper, quartz, ruby, sapphire and turquoise. Some gemstones (pearls, coral, amber) are classified as organic because they are produced by living organisms. Inorganic gemstones are composed of and arise from minerals. A trendy, popular man made gemstone is cubic zirconia, which resembles a diamond.

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The patterns of wearing jewelry and adding accessories to clothing is trending with both men and women, but women are by far the most consistent wearers and lovers of jewelry! Spoil yourself and bedazzle your way to your own unique style by adding mounds of jewelry and accessories. The pretty pieces will make you smile!

For a full pamper makeover, download the Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty app on any mobile device and schedule an appointment with a first-rate professional stylist. Use promo code lookbook18nm to receive a $50.00 discount off your first session.

To learn more about Mobile Styles visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat.

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

 

The pretty and pleasing fabric known as plaid never goes out of style. As early as the 1830s, plaid was a popular fabric pattern in the world of fashion. Plaid is a recognizable pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but today plaid fabrics are available in many other materials.

Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross, which gives the appearance of new colors blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinct pattern of squares and lines known as a ‘sett’.

Ready, set, go…look fabulous from head to toe when you are dressed in the cool, chic, rad fabric that is plaid!

Plaid Color Shades and Meanings:

  1. Modern: A plaid that is colored using chemical dyes as opposed to natural dyes.
  2. Ancient: A lighter shade of plaid that represent the colors that would result from the fabric aging over time.
  3. Muted: Plaid which is shade between modern and ancient. This type of plaid is very modern, dating only from the 1970s. This shade is said to be the closest match to the shades attained by natural dyes used before the mid-19th century.

For those of you that prefer a splash of plaid as opposed to being wrapped in plaid, why not carry a plaid handbag or doll yourself up in plaid accessories? A touch of plaid looks exceptionally graceful and elegant on anyone, yes, even men!

Plaid Fun Fact: Plaid is recorded by counting the threads of each color that appear in the sett. The thread count not only describes the width of the stripes on a sett, but also the colors used. For example, the thread count “K4 R24 K24 Y4” breaks down as 4 black threads, 24 red threads, 24 black threads and 4 yellow threads. The first and last thread of the thread count are the pivot points.

The word ‘plaid’, derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket, was first used to describe any rectangular garment. Over time, the term ‘plaid’ was used to describe blankets themselves.

Today plaid is a pretty, pleasing pattern that looks both elegant and fun and is adored and recognized by everyone!

The fashion pandemonium plaid is never a fad!

Although plaid prints can be found in all colors, plaid fabrics consisting of black, red and yellow are the most popular. For a striking, stunning sight, dress in plaid garments of black and white.

“I feel that I can play checkers on your checkered dress.”

“This pattern is plaid. Checkered is cute but plaid is the best.”

“Can you explain the difference between checkered and plaid to me?”

“Checkered patterns make only squares; plaid is squares and lines that are easy to see.”

“The different blocks of color in the material seem to run up and down.”

“Horizontal and vertical. Plaid is one of the most beautiful patterns around.”

Plaid: A fashionable and stylish pattern that looks fantastic on skirts, dresses, jackets and shoes, or any other garments you choose!

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

 

 

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 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.

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!

Neckline Fun Fact: The shape of your necklines can be modified in many ways, by adding a collar, scarf, overlaying the neckline with another fabric or decorating the edges with picots, ruffles or fringe. The neckline can be a sharp edge of fabric or a more gentle cowl, and can be accentuated by patterns in the material itself.

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 glamour in a halterneck!

“Your evening gown is simply divine. You’re ready to hit the town.”

“I love the halter neckline and tight fit. The best fashion style around.”

“The halterneck works on garments that are casual or extremely elegant.”

“Yes. A true glamour girl can never go wrong in a gorgeous halterneck outfit.”

“The backless look and bare shoulders are a true fashion win.”

“Halternecks provide high end glamour no matter what garment you’re in.”

Halterneck: Always cool, always chic, always an eye candy fashion treat!

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