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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.

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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!

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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

 

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It’s time to welcome in the sizzling, wonderful, long, exciting, crazy and lazy days of summer. Summer is my favorite season and brings us vacations, a break from school, long warm days and evenings, barbeques, beaches and fun in the sun. Summer is a glorious season that is revered by most everyone.

Although many people look forward to the warmer temperatures and getting to wear fashionable summer clothing (mainly shorts, sleeveless shirts, flip flops and baby doll dresses), there are lots of people who fear and loathe putting on the dreaded bathing suit. There is a perfect remedy for you. Whether you’re walking along the sand and surf, relaxing on a sailboat or cruise ship, or merely spending time at the beach, there are numerous cute, lightweight long or short dresses that work perfectly to conceal your body, yet allow you to move freely and still enjoy the radiant sunshine.

Surf, sand and fun in the sun. There are adorable beach dresses to suit the personal fashion taste of every woman!

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For those of you that want to feel the thrill of your bare feet sinking into the sand, yet slip your body into a cool, cute dress, why not go with a sarong? A sarong is a large tube shape of material or length of fabric that is wrapped around the waist, thereby making a skirt. A sarong is generally fastened by tucking one corner of the fabric into the opposite end of the material, much like wrapping a beach towel around your waist. Sarongs can be worn with a bathing suit top, or if you prefer to cover your midriff section, a tube top or tank top. You can still enjoy the soothing effects of the sun without having to worry about a fit physique or a painful sunburn.

Some perfect dresses to wear to the beach are sarongs, maxi skirts, baby doll dresses and lightweight, cotton summer dresses. These dainty dresses are airy enough to allow you to breathe and move freely, yet they provide far more body coverage than a bathing suit.

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For those of you that prefer to enjoy the beach in a sarong, even if worn over the bathing suit you have on, there is another way to tie the sarong to ensure it stays sung and tight, not falling off while you jog the beach or play frisbee or volleyball. Once you step into the sarong, bring the upper edge above the level of your naval (the hem of the sarong should be level with your ankles), position the head of the sarong at the center of the back and folds in the excess fabric from both sides to the front center where they overlap, and then secure the sarong by rolling the upper hem down over itself.

Basically wrap and roll…and unleash the beach babe rock ‘n roller that lives inside of you.

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Who said only bathing suits should be worn to the beach? Dresses that are meant to be beachwear.

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If you took a moment and truly contemplated fashion, one element that is definitely at the forefront is that fashion takes practical items and sews and molds them into aesthetic masterpieces. Clothing items that are meant to protect our skin from the cold and hot elements become visual and gorgeous garments, footwear to keep our feet covered turn into stunning stilettos and stockings to keep our legs warm mesh into colorful, opaque nylons. The beautiful world of fashion turns practical into pretty and pleasing.

This is also true in the area of purses and handbags. Purses originally began as small bags used for holding coins. Handbags were introduced to hold objects beyond currency, such as personal items. For the fashion forward women of today, the looks, designers and materials used to make our purses/handbags matters almost more than needing a carrier type bag to hold our daily items. In fashion, looks trump practicality every time!

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As the wonderful fashion accessory that purses/handbags are, they can be categorized according to the silhouette (shape) of the bag, as well as the type of handle. The type of bag you carry can make a difference merely by how you spend your day. Clutch bags take up one hand, whereas a shoulder strap bag can hang over your shoulder, freeing up both of your hands. My personal preference in handbags are satchel bags. Satchel bags are the perfect size, large enough to hold what I need throughout the day, but small enough that they are easy to carry. The straps of a satchel purse can be held in your hand, or draped over your arm.

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Popular Types of Purses/Handbags:

1. Baguette
2. Barrel
3. Bucket Bag
4. Clutch
5. Drawstring
6. Half-Moon
7. Hobo
8. Muff
9. Pocketbook
10. Pouch
11. Saddle Purse
12. Satchel
13. Tote

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Why not indulge in a Mobile Styles makeover to match the pretty purse or hot handbag that you carry? Another fashion tip: no matter what color outfit you are wearing, if you match the color of your purse with the color of your shoes, you come out fashion strong!

Purses/Handbags can be made from many materials, including leather, patent leather and crochet. Many purses/handbags are known and purchased more due to the fashion designer rather than the looks and/or comfort of the purse.

Famous purse designers include Calvin Klein, Coach, Juicy, Guess, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Steve Madden and Nine West to name a few.

So many outfits, so many purses, what’s a girl to do? Why not mix and match your purse to your clothing? One bag is never enough to carry cosmetics, brushes, wallets, notepads and so much other stuff!

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Purse/Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving toward a slender shape to hold coins and other accessories, as women decided they wanted purses that wouldn’t be bulky or untidy in appearance. As I’ve stated, one major rule of fashion: aesthetics beats practicality every time!

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No matter what style of handbag you prefer, carrying darling, adorable, hot handbags is part of the fun of being a girl!

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Pretty Purses and Hot Handbags. Every glamour girl creates a lovely mix of beautiful gladrags and happening handbags!

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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If you asked a crowded room full of people to raise their hand if they feel busy, overloaded and stressed, most likely nearly every hand would go up. While being busy brings us positive feelings such as gives us a purpose, makes us feel fulfilled, keeps our minds occupied, etc., being too busy can make us feel frantic, worried and ready to quit. While some people feel too busy to take good care of themselves, it is actually when we are at our wits end that it is imperative we look out for ourselves first. No one wants to completely burn out.

One thing you should never do when you’re stressed to your limit is to let your physical appearance go, or come last. When you look good you feel good, period. Feeling beautiful and healthy is vital to your mood, and an optimistic attitude will keep you calm under pressure and add strength and endurance to allow you to get through your busy days with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Let Mobile Styles professionals keep you calm and gorgeous as you get through your day-to- day rat race!

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Various ways to treat yourself during stressful times to ensure you maintain a gorgeous glow and a cheerful attitude is with exercise and a nutritious diet. Exercise releases endorphins, which are known to make you feel happy. Healthy food feeds your body and mind, giving you energy to get through your daily tasks with a fit physique and a clear head.

For all the glamour girls and glamour guys in the world, which is most everyone if we’re honest, the best pick-me-up you can give yourself to stay beautiful and healthy in your busy life is to book a Mobile Styles day, or better yet, make Mobile Styles professionals a part of your everyday life. When you download the Mobile Styles app, you can request a nail artist for a knockout manicure, a masseuse to rub out every body ache and pain, a hair stylist to color, cut, weave or highlight your hair, or a beauty expert to lavish you with a lustrous facial and a superb makeup job that matches the Hollywood stars!

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Mobile Styles is an on demand health and beauty app that you can download at any time. Think of Mobile Styles as the “Uber” of beauty. If your schedule is already jam packed, taking time out to get to a salon to be pampered by pros and experts probably seems out of the question, right? Great news! Mobile Styles experts travel to you, at your requested time and destination. No need to dress up, use your gas or fit in another outside appointment. Mobile Styles brings the glitz and glam to you, and booking your session is all you have to do!


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You can be busy and stay beautiful and healthy. In your busy, fast paced life, to keep your health and gorgeous glow, booking a Mobile Styles health and beauty expert is the best way to go!

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We all enjoy the pampering and pleasure that we receive by indulging in a fabulous facial. In addition to the soothing, relaxing effects and joy that a facial brings, we also get immediate benefits with clear, smooth, 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.

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Facials are performed using moisturizer creams, masks, or 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 smooth 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!

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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!

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All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations, and can be used alone, or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

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Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if applied too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.
2. As we age our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.
3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines and wrinkles and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.
4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

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Paisley prints look fun, exciting, colorful and whimsical. One might even describe paisley fabrics as magical and dreamy.
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The Paisley pattern is a term for a design using the ‘buta’ or ‘botch’, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Buta is an almond-shaped ornament with a sharp-curved upper edge. Such designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally.

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Resembling a twisted teardrop, the fig-shaped paisley is of Persian origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced. Some design scholars believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.
Paisley Print Fun Fact: The floral motif was originated in the Sassanid Dynasty and later in the Safavid Dynasty of Persia (from 1501 to 1736), and was a major textile pattern in Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. In these periods, the pattern was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments, as well as textiles used by the general population.
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Imports from the East India Company in the first half of the 17th century made paisley and other Indian patterns popular, and the Company was unable to import enough to meet the demand. Paisley was popular in the Baltic states between 1700 and 1800 and was thought to be used as a protective charm to ward off evil demons. Local manufacturers in Marseilles began to mass-produce the paisley patterns via early textile printing processes in 1640.
My oh my, when dressed in paisley prints you’ll get noticed walking by!


Paisley Park Fun Fact: Known around the world, the paisley pattern is a popular, colorful, youthful looking pattern. In addition to a fabulous fashion fabric, Paisley Park is known worldwide for music superstar Prince’s record label and recording studio, as well as living quarters.  Paisley Park was funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. It was started in 1985, following the success of a film and album Purple Rain. Paisley Park was opened to the public as a museum and memorial to Prince following his death on April 21, 2016.
Prince performing in paisley prints! Music and style icon!
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Paisley Prints Fun Fact: Paisley fabrics/prints became identified with psychedelic style due to a resurgence in the pattern’s mainstream popularity leading up to the mid and late 1960s. Of particular note is the influence of The Beatles. The style was particularly popular during the Summer of Love 1967. Fender Guitars made a Pink Paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, by sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies.
Create a fashion stint in a powerful paisley print!



Paisley Print Fun Fact: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Azerbaijan’s team sported colorful paisley trousers. Paisley was also a favorite design element of architect Laurie Baker. He has made numerous drawings and collages of what he called ‘mango designs’. He also used to include the paisley shape in the buildings he designed.
The modern French words for paisley are boteh, cachemire and palme, palme being a reference to the palm tree, which along with the pine tree and cypress tree, is one of the traditional botanical motifs thought to have influenced the shape of the paisley element as it is now known.


Often psychedelic, always fun, dressing in paisley prints offers excitement and style for everyone!
Paisley Print Fun Fact: In addition to the loom-woven fabric, Paisley became a major site for the manufacturer of printed cotton and wool in the 19th century, according to the Scotland’s Paisley Museum and Art Gallery. The paisley pattern was being printed, rather than woven, on to other textiles, including cotton squares which were the precursors of the modern bandana. The key places of printing paisley were Britain and the Alsace region of France.
We tip our paisley hats off around the globe for paisley fashions of dresses, skirts, pantsuits, shorts, blazers, pajamas and robes!
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Don’t be late, don’t hesitate. Jumping on the paisley bandwagon will add energy and glamour to any diva fashion plate!
The paisley pattern remains popular in many countries. Paisley is woven using gold or silver threads on silk and high quality textiles for gifts, for weddings and special occasions.
Feel special and oh so sensational when draped in paisley. A true fashion professional!
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Whether you’re bored with nothing to do, or so busy that you’re stressed, treat yourself to something special and buy a paisley pantsuit or dress!
“Pardon me, but I clearly see that you look adorable dressed in the perfect paisley.”
“Why thank you. I am fond of many prints and patterns, but paisley is number one for me.”
“The fabulous colors, the busy print and the beautiful shape will catch everyone’s eye.”
“Yes. I noticed that by the number of people that have stopped me as I walked on by.”
“As lovely as you look makes me what to go buy some paisley print garments of my own.”
“Go paisley and you’ll never take the clothes off. Not outside; not even in your own home.”
Leave the home draped in paisley prints: put the fashion suggestion to the test! I see a definite “A” coming your way!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

Although sarongs are worn around the world and denote different dress traditions, in North and South America, as well as Europe, sarongs are mainly worn as beach wear or as a cover-up over swimwear.
A sarong is often made of a thin, light fabric, often rayon, and may feature decorative fringe on both sides. The sarong may have ties, which are long thin straps of fabric which the wearer can tie together to prevent the wrap from falling down. Sarongs in the western culture are worn mostly by women as beach cover-ups. Western men who wear male sarongs are often influenced by the Scottish style men skirts known as kilts.
Summer days…sensational sarongs!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The fabric used for sarongs often have woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be highly colorful by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Colorful, gorgeous sarongs are all that!
The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of motion pictures set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1940s. 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 wore a sarong on occasion in traditional films.
Sarongs: Free moving and feeling groovy in a Hollywood movie!
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Various Ways to Tie and Wear a Sarong:

  • Wear the Sarong as a Short Skirt: Fold the sarong diagonally, wrap the sarong around your waist, gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Halter Dress: Hold the sarong horizontally, bring the top corners together in front of your body, twist the two corners around each other twice.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Long Skirt: Hold the sarong horizontally, take a corner of the sarong in each hand, make a knot, twist the material to the side of the hip, fluff out the corners, alternately tie the skirt to cover you up as you desire.

Other Popular, Fashionable Ways to Wear a Sarong:

  1. One Shoulder Dress
  2. Side-Slit Dress
  3. Draped Dress
  4. Toga Dress
  5. Wrap Dress
  6. Jumpsuit

Why not get inventive and wear your sarong any way you see fit, to fit your particular diva style?
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Sarong Fun Fact: Numerous tying methods exist to hold a sarong to the wearer’s body. In some cases, techniques customarily differ according to the sex of the wearer. If a sarong has ties, the ties may be used to hold the garment in place. Sarong ties give you extra hold and security. If the sarong doesn’t have ties, a pin or broach may be used to clamp the sarong together, the fabric may be tightly tucked under itself in layers, the corners of the main sheet may be wrapped around the body and knotted, or a belt may be worn to hold the sarong in place.
Wear a sarong and get hooked! Let the sarong become a stronghold in your favorite fashion choice!
Summer strong in a sarong!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The basic garment known as the sarong is worn around the globe, where the garment shows variations in style and name. The sarong is extremely popular in:

  1. Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. North America
  7. Pacific Islands
  8. Somalia
  9. South America
  10. South Asia
  11. Southeast Asia
  12. Sri Lanka

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Sarong Fun Fact: In Singapore, the term Sarong Party Girl refers to local single Singaporean women, especially of Chinese ethnicity, who favor socializing and having relationships with Caucasian men rather than the local males.
Party hearty in the surf and the sun, wear your sarong and join in the fun!
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Sarong Fun Fact: If you’re enjoying a day at the beach, covered in a sarong, and you long to go ride the waves or bathe in the sun, simply remove your sarong and use the fabric as a beach towel! Lay down on your sarong all day long!
Sarong Fashion Tip: Sarongs can also be worn as scarves and shawls! Across the shoulder or around the neckline, sarongs when draped look simply divine!
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Sarongs are apparel that work for a number of occasions. The beach, a party or an Island vacation!
“I love the new bikini bathing suit I bought for summer beach days.”
“I adore my new sarong. I can wear the silky, colorful garment in a variety of ways.”
“Wow, your sarong is gorgeous all right. May I borrow it? What a great thought.”
“But the sarong will cover up a portion or all of the bathing suit you just bought.”
“Yes, but the sarong looks even more fashionable than the bikini, don’t you think?”
“Stunning! Let’s lay in the sun and sand wearing sarongs and enjoy a refreshing drink!”
Sarong: Put a skip in your step and a song in your heart when dressed in a sarong all day and night long!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846