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Most people think of the colors orange and black relating to autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Although wearing these two colors together does look seasonal, orange and black garments work well all year round. Autumn, known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons, marking the transition from summer to winter, beginning in September in the Northern Hemisphere and March in the Southern Hemisphere. Fall is when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down considerably from the summer months. One of the main features of fall is the shedding of leaves from trees and the changing of color. Many leaves change from green to rich golds, yellows and oranges.

Season Fun Fact: Many people believe that the changing of seasons occurs due to the rotation of the earth and the proximity of where you live to the sun. This actually doesn’t make much difference in temperature. The changing of the seasons is due to the axis of the earth and the slight tilt of that axis!

In the United States fall begins on September 21 and ends on December 21, transitioning us into winter. In the United States, Halloween and Thanksgiving are recognized and celebrated, with pumpkins, gourds, sweet potato pie, witches, broomsticks and many other festivities with the colors orange and black. In the fall, dressing in garments of orange and black is back!

The color orange is bold, brazen and fun. In color psychology, orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. The color orange represents the optimism, uplifting and rejuvenation or our spirit. Orange is such a bright, happy color that it helps us bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in the recovery from grief.

The color black is sexy, diplomatic, secretive and mysterious. In color psychology black gives us protection from external emotional stress. Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. Black covers, white uncovers. Mix orange and black for a fashion passion heart attack!

Since orange is such a bright, bold color, some people prefer to wear less subtle shades or orange. For those of you that adore orange but feel the color is too powerful or brazen for you, why not wear various shades of orange? There is peach, golden orange, amber, burnt orange and dark orange. Another way to wear orange in a fun, youthful way is through your cosmetics. Orange eye shadows, lipsticks and nail polishes conjure up images of frivolity, festivities and fancy fun!

You can always dress in black or white and let your orange and black purse or handbag do the fall fashion talking!

The color black in fashion is often seen as a color of sophistication and elegance, as in the little black dress or the black tie event. Affluent and success oriented men and women often select black clothing as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication, power and confidence. Black is associated with sexiness and seduction (think black lingerie) and is one of the most widely worn colors in clothing.  Black clothing looks formal, dignified and sensual.

Mix your black garments with orange clothing to add a splash of stimulation and pizzazz to your outfit. Orange is a warm and inviting color, is highly noticeable and gets people thinking and talking. You do the walking and let your garments do your confident, flirty talking!

A Joe Black outfit on the catwalk at Docklands.

For Fall 2018, be the fashion siren queen when you step out in garments of orange and black! You’ll look and feel spectacular…imagine that!

Positive Keywords of the Color Orange:

  1. Sociable
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Cheerful
  4. Confident
  5. Optimistic
  6. Flamboyant
  7. Adventurous
  8. Creative Flair
  9. Warm Hearted

Positive Keywords of the Color Black:

  1. Protection
  2. Comfort
  3. Strong
  4. Contained
  5. Formal
  6. Sophisticated
  7. Seductive
  8. Mysterious
  9. Endings and Beginnings

Fall is back! Spice up your wardrobe with orange and black!

Mix in with the fashionable fall season, but stand out dressed in glorious orange and black garments. You’ll not only steal the show, but you’ll be the best dressed fashion plate wherever you go!

Orange is the new black? There’s room for both of them, and they mesh together as deliciously as peanut butter and chocolate! Visual stimulation at its finest!

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

 

 

 

If we added up how much money we spend each year on health and beauty products, it would most likely be lots of hard earned cash! Even if you aren’t one who lavishes yourself with makeup, perfumes, toiletries, etc. you still need to buy basic health and beauty products from time to time.  I know that it is often true in products and other items that you get what you pay for, meaning the more expensive something is, it most likely is also higher in quality and performance.  This is true sometimes, but not always. Much like the saying all that glitters is not gold.

I have outlined for you  6 basic beauty products that can be purchased for a reasonable price at most drugstores and grocery stores that really do work as well, or better, than salon or beauty store brands.

6 Drugstore Available Beauty Products That Really Work:

Vaseline – Vaseline, a brand of petroleum jelly, works wonders for many beauty needs. Vaseline helps soothe dry skin, remove makeup, heal and/or prevent chaffing, moisturizes chapped lips and soothes minor cuts and burns, helping them heal. Vaseline is cost effective and makes the list for the variety of beneficial, effective  ways that the product can be used.
SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color by Maybelline – I generally prefer to wear lip glosses, as I like the shine. However, for those of you that prefer a more dry lip, you want matte lipsticks all the way! I recommend Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color. The lipstick is long wearing without coming off, doesn’t smear or smudge and the colors pop. For a great colored lip that lasts all day, Maybelline makes the way!

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer – This moisturizer made by Jergens works wonder for dry and sensitive skin. When you apply it your skin will soak it right up, not leaving an oily or greasy residue. Whether you apply the moisturizer to your hands and skin throughout the day, or after you shower for the night, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer will leave your skin soft and smooth.

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner/Sheer Volume: I’m recommending the Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Volume because this is my most favorite of all Pantene hair products (they have lots). With that said, I want to note that all Pantene shampoos and conditioners give you your money’s worth in how they work and leave your hair shiny, silky and healthy. As someone who cares about her hair, I have tried expensive salon products through the years and I still feel Pantene surpasses many of them for a great shampoo and conditioning!

LOREAL Paris Voluminous Super Star Waterproof Mascara: If you want long, luscious, natural eyelashes then I suggest you try LOREAL Voluminous Super Star waterproof or regular mascara. This mascara comes with  a primer application that you swipe onto your eyelashes before applying the mascara, which allows your lashes to look longer and thicker once you put on the actual mascara. For dramatic eyes, I suggest you use Blackest Black or Black, as these two colors stand out to highlight your eyes in a fierce way.

Sally Hanson Nail Polish – Whether you prefer Sally Hanson’s Insta-Dri, Regular Nail Polish, Gel, Argan Oil, and their other types, you can’t go wrong with Sally Hanson nail polishes. The polish brushes easily on your fingernails, looks thick and luscious, is difficult to chip and stays on for a lengthy period of time without needing a retouch. Apply a clear nail polish as a basecoat and topcoat and your perfectly polished nails will look like you indulged in a professional salon manicure.

We all want beauty products that work and we’re disappointed when we try a new item and it just doesn’t perform like promised. For health and beauty products that don’t disappoint you or your wallet, give these 6 items a try. Beauty never looked and felt so easy on your eyes and your pocketbook.

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

 

 

 

Last week I was watching abc7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles and noticed as the anchor Leslie Sykes was broadcasting a story, her makeup job looked gorgeous. Yes, even amidst often times unhappy news stories, when you are a fashion and makeup buff, you notice the cosmetics and clothing of people on TV and in the movies. For the fashion buffs, think Holland Taylor on Two and a Half Men. She was always impeccably dressed.

On this particular newscast, Leslie Sykes was wearing blue shades of eye shadow with a pinkish/lavender frosted lipstick. She looked beautiful and her makeup job was perfection. Almost as a throwback to the 1980s (as so much of these fashion and beauty trends are popular today in 2018), this color combination worked well and looked stylish and regal. Although I love all colors and shades of eye shadows and lipsticks, blue eye shadow and pink or lavender lips has always been my favorite combination. With my alabaster skin, blond hair and blue eyes, I feel the most like myself when I stick to wearing these lovely cosmetic colors.

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow makes your eyes stand out and look more attractive by adding depth and dimension to your eyes, complementing your eye color, making your eyes appear larger, or simply drawing attention to your eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures and is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form. Popular shades of eye shadow include brown, gold, purple, lavender, pink, green and of course various hues of blue.

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. Lipsticks come in many colors and are generally found in matte (dry) and gloss (wet) formats. Dark red was one of the most popular lipstick shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to introduce different shades of lipsticks and lip glosses as well. Today, you can find lipsticks in almost all colors, including blue, green, black and brown, yet the most standard colors are reds, pinks, purples, golds and oranges.

Lipstick Fun Fact: Frost lipsticks are making a comeback. Shimmery or frosty lipsticks may contain mica, silica, synthetic pearl particles, such as bismuth oxychloride, to give them a glittery or shimmering shine. Lipstick is made from grinding and heating ingredients, then heated waxes are added to the mix for texture. Oils and lanolin are added for specific formula requirements. Afterwards, the hot liquid is poured into a metal mold and the mixture is chilled. Once they have hardened, they are heated in flame for half a second to create a shiny finish and to remove imperfections.

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Depending on skin tone, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. Natural eye shadow can range anywhere from a glossy shine to your eyelids, to a pinkish tone, or even a silver look. Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well, however, I find blunt, dramatic applications of eye shadow to look bold and sexy, especially for evening wear.

Blue eye shadows and pink lipsticks make a 2018 splash – but never go out of style!

Cosmetics are lovely and attractive. Makeup has been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burial dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmatae” was first used to describe Roman’s whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.

From eye shadow, to lipstick, to blush, to perfume, when it comes to cosmetics, make sure to make room! Your cosmetic bag and your gorgeous makeup application will thank 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 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 of us see the fall and winter as a time when the days get shorter and the weather cools down. What is heating up this fall/winter 2018 is neon colors on the catwalk and in the stores. One shade that is particularly pleasing and popular is hot pink. All colors of pink clothing make a confident, bold fashion statement, but the hotter the pink, the hotter the look.

All pink garments are glorious, I think!

Pink is a pale red color named after the flower of the same name. The color pink is made by mixing red and white. For darker pinks, go more red. For paler pinks, add more white. Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century. According to surveys in Europe and the United States, pink is the color most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity and romance.

Pink Color Fun Fact: The color pink is associated with chastity and innocence when combined with white, but associated with sultry seduction when combined with purple or black.

When dressed in hot pink you can cause a fashion heart attack.

Pink Fun Fact: Pink wasn’t a common color in the fashion of the Middle Ages; nobles preferred brighter reds, such as crimson. However, pink appeared in women’s fashion, and in religious art, in the 13th and 14th century. During the Renaissance, pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands.

In color psychology, pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. Pink relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of care. Pink garments are often viewed as romantic, feminine, girly and dainty.

Positive Traits Associated With Pink:

  1. Romantic Love
  2. Unconditional Love
  3. Compassion
  4. Understanding
  5. Romance
  6. Nurturing
  7. Warmth
  8. Hope
  9. Calmness
  10. Sweetness
  11. Naivete
  12. Femininity
  13. Intuitive Energy

Hot Pink – A Hot Color on the Fall/Winter 2018 Catwalk!

As a fashion buff, I know that not everyone is comfortable dressed in head-to-toe pink. If you want just the right splash of pink to perhaps pair with a white or black outfit, why not wear hot pink high heels or carry an adorable pink purse? A pink purse is the bomb!

If hot pink isn’t your thing, why not try various shades of pink clothing? You’ll get your fashion diva personality soaring!

Variations of the Color Pink:

  1. Blush – Similar to skin color.
  2. Rose Pink – This is the pink of universal love.
  3. Salmon Pink – There is a touch of orange in salmon pink.
  4. Orchid – This is a gorgeous lavender-pink.
  5. Fuschia – This color is made by a blend of deep pink and blue.
  6. Hot Pink – Hot neon pink is a grand shade of pink, don’t you think? Eye catching by far!

Although pink garments are stunning as dresses, skirts, pantsuits and shorts, faux fur pink jackets create a fashion stir and racket! Wow, you’d look splendid wrapped in a faux fur pink jacket!

In the realm of fashion, wear pink garments with black, dark blue, dark green or gray to add strength and sophistication to your look. For a more dreamy, dainty look, wear your pink clothing with white or red.  For head-to-toe, bold femininity, wear only pink. Wow, you’re ten times more the woman than you think!

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

 

 

Low rise fashion is a style of clothing designed to sit low on, or below, the hips.  The style is also known as hip hugger, lowcut and hipster fashion, and applies to garments worn by both men and women. Low rise garments include pants, jeans, shorts, skirts and bikinis.

The rise of a bottom garment is measured by the distance between the crotch and the waistline, or top of the garment, and is usually around 12 inches (30 cm) on regular pants. The average rise of a low-rise garment is approximately 8 inches (20 cm) with some as little as 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm). A normal low rise sits at least 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) below the navel. A super or ultra low-rise sits 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) below the navel.

The low rise fashion expanded in the early 1990s after the March 1993 issue of the British magazine The Face featured Kate Moss in low rise jeans.

Clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co. introduced low rise jeans in December 2000, the top of which were about 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) below the navel. This style was later adopted for men’s wear as well. Gradually the wide acceptance of low rise pants by men led to low rise swimwear and briefs.

Popular Styles of Low Rise Pants:

  1. Boot Cut
  2. Flared
  3. Loose
  4. Straight
  5. Baggy
  6. Skinny
  7. Boyfriend
  8. Slim
  9. Low Waisted

Low rise pants look great when worn with tucked in blouses and a belt. If you wish to show off your toned abs, why not wear a crop top with your low rise pants?

Low Rise Pants Fun Fact: State Legislator Derrick Shepherd of the state of Louisiana in the United States made an attempt in 2004 to outlaw low rise jeans, particularly to bring a halt to the display of underwear under the pants, claiming it to be disrespectful and obscene. People spotted with the “whale tale” or “boxers showing” would have been fined $500.00 if the bill had become law. The bill, HB 1703, was rejected by the Louisiana House of Representatives.

The real low down on low rise (low waisted) pants!

Whether you wear your low rise pants as a way to display more skin at your waist, torso and hips, or if you wear your low rise slacks to clearly look cool and hip, there is no denying that when dressed in low rise pants you’ll love it!

Who’s got the look? You when donned in a lovely pair of low rise pants!

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

Popular Styles of Low Rise Pants:

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

 

 

Most everyone has a favorite color, and there is no denying that bold, beautiful, bountiful colors add a vibrancy and splendor to our surroundings. Color is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink, to name  few. On the color wheel, colors such as red, orange and yellow are known as warm colors and exude a masculine influence, while colors such as blue, green and purple are referred to as cool colors with a feminine vibe.

In fashion, colors speak loudly. Although neutral tones of blacks and whites are always stylish, neon, bold, bright colors are making a big splash on the Fall/Winter 2018 catwalk!

The psychology of color is one of the most interesting aspects of fashion, branding and marketing. Did you know that yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum? It’s always been my favorite color as it represents sunshine, warm days and happiness.  If you’ve done any online or in-store clothes shopping recently, you’ll see garments in yellows, oranges, greens and purples are huge, much like during the decadent years of the 1980s and 1990s. Wearing effervescent colors not only stands out to others, but they make you as the wearer feel good and cheerful as well.

If you want to stand out in a crowd, think pink. The brighter and more neon shades of pink make you noticeable and stunning. No matter what you think of the color pink (too girly, too feminine, too dainty) when dressed in pink fashions you’ll show your passion for finer fashion.

If you tend to dress in more basic colors, such as navy blue, gray, black or white, you can add some pizzazz and bang to your outfit through colorful shoes and purses. Imagine wearing an all black outfit and carrying a neon yellow handbag! Or add a roaring red purse to your white silk pantsuit. Then slip your feet into beautiful colored pumps and you’ve elevated your overall outfit to runway status!

Fall/Winter 2018 brings colored clothing back to the catwalk!


Bold colors in clothing exude clarity, warmth, cheerfulness, confidence, boldness and youthfulness. Beautiful bright colors come across as optimistic, friendly and exciting. In a study titled “Impact of Color on Marketing”, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgements made about products can be based on color alone. If you doubt this, think about automobiles. The color of the car has a huge impact on the looks and preference of the auto. You can take a vehicle that is the same year, make and model, but depending on the color of the car, the car can look either cool and classy or standard and average. The same car; a different color!

Color makes an extreme difference in the look of your outfit and how you feel when wrapped in the clothing! Cheerful colors equals a cool mood and a positive attitude!

Colors both influence and show windows of our personality. Think ravenous reds and bashful blues. Think of your own perceptions of various colors. Perhaps you see red as exciting, pink as feminine, brown as rugged, green as cool, etc. In much the same way as you perceive the colors, you will feel these same feelings when you wear clothing in these colors. If you think of black clothing as sophisticated and cool, you’ll feel elite and sexy when adorned in black garments.
Harness the powerful effects of color in clothing and step into Fall/Winter 2018 like the colorful fashion queen that you know you are. A colorful clothing star!

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

 

 

 

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.

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Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool.

Sunglasses do far more than protect our eyes from strong rays of sun. Sunglasses make a fashion statement on everyone!

Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

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Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors, primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach. Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of your eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.

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Fashion trends are another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.

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Sunglasses Construction:

1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!

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Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:
1. Aviator
2. Clip Up
3. Flip Up
4. Gradient Lenses
5. Mirrored
6. Oversized
7. Shutter Shades
8. Teashades
9. Wayfarer
10. Wrap Around

Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses. Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.

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Who is that stunning guy and gal behind those sunglasses? Sunglasses look fashionably sexy on all lads and lasses!

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