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The Quality of Cashmere…

So much luxury from such a little goat!

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We can thank the Capra Hircus Laniger goat for giving us the incredibly soft, supple, sought-after fiber, cashmere. For over 10,000 years, this remarkable goat has been present in Central Asia, and is still thriving in the remote regions of the inhospitable uplands of Inner and Outer Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Iran.  The extreme weather conditions and the Cashmere Goat - Selvege magazinescarcity of water and vegetation on this arid countryside have forced these particular goats to adapt and survive on very little. It’s OK. They like it.

The extreme changes in temperature between day and night as well as the brutal harsh winters (sometimes 45 degrees below zero!) require the goats to grow a unique coat, providing warmth and protection. The long course outer hairs are the guard hairs. The underfleece, the fine soft silky hairs, six times finer than human hair, is called the duvet, pashm, or cashmere.  The colder the climate, the finer and warmer the undercoat.

In early spring when the goats moult, the Himalayan farmers comb the fine woolen undercoat from the neck and chest of goat, painstakingly separating the guard hairs from the sumptuous cashmere fibers. This de-hairing process is usually done mechanically but in some regions this process is still done by hand.

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GIVEAWAY! Four Button Leg Warmers… CLOSED

…four ways to wear them!

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER BRANDY BROWNER!

Foot Traffic Four Button Leg Warmers

We love legwarmers, especially now that the weather is changing and our cute little bare legs are cold!   I particularly love wearing my leg warmers with my skinny jeans, leggings, and tights.  With different colors and lengths, I can change any outfit and feel warm and still stylish, whether I am indoors or outdoors.

You may be in winter denial (yes, it is coming) and not ready to put away your shorts and short skirts but you will need to cover up on those cool crisp days of fall.  We love our new 4 button legwarmers because they are comfy and can be worn four different ways…

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We love them so much we want to give them away!

To enter this give-away just do the following:

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3. Comment on this post with your name, twitter handle and a way for us to contact you if you win (*You can spell it out like nanci at gmail dot com to avoid spam!)*


**Winner will be randomly selected. We will announce/contact the WINNER on Friday, November 4th!

Button up and stay warm!

Tell us how you would wear them.

-Nanci

CORPORATE CULTURE AND PERSONAL STYLE

What Does Your Work Attire Communicate?

Whether you want to admit it or not, your clothing is a constant communication to those around you. Your outfit may say “casual chic” when you go out with friends, or it may say, “romantic” on a date night. Your style says different things about you, and there’s no place where getting that “message” right is more important, than at work.

Is your style position appropriate?

Every organization has a “style culture.” Dressing to fit into that culture does not mean you have to sacrifice style, but be aware that if you want to move up in your organization, dressing like the people in higher positions than you can demonstrate that you want to be one of them. Like my mother told me, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”Foot Traffic Perfect Pair Tights

How to “fit-in” without “selling out”

There are some interesting ways to style up your suits, skirts and dresses and still be in line with your organization’s style culture. How? With just a few variations of accessories such as belts, scarves and legwear.  Add color and texture to a business suit or sweater with an animal print belt, a patterned scarf, or a favorite accessory that reflects your personality.

Most organizations still encourage pantyhose and tights at the office because they create a clean, lean look that adds polish and class to your professional image. A staple in your work-wear closet should be a great pair of black tights.

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NEW Foot Traffic LOOK BOOK

We have so much fun at FOOT TRAFFIC wearing our leggings, tights, and socks that we decided to create a LOOK BOOK featuring our favorite fashion ideas for fall and winter. We had two fun models help us put together some great looks. We love the combinations from playful to serious and hope that you will be inspired to come up with your own solutions.

Foot Traffic 2011 Fall Look Book

Let us know what you think and please share some of your favorite legwear choices. We would love to hear from you!


5 Halloween Costume Ideas-2011

Halloween is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about what you want to dress up as this year. If you have not started planning what you are going to dress up as, do not worry. I have put together a list of my top 5 fashionable Halloween costume ideas for 2011.

1.) Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood.

True Blood has become one of my favorite HBO series this year and Sookie is by far my favorite character. She has such an adorable and sweet sense of style but also has the courage and strength to battle with dangerous vampires! Don’t forget to add some vampire bite marks to your neck. You can find her Merlot’s waitress costume at www.hbo.comSookie Stackhousesookie stackhouse sookie stackhouse

2.) Lady Gaga.

I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of people dressing up as Lady Gaga this year, but luckily there are many of her over-the-top outfits to pick from. Click here to browse some of her most famous looks.

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3.) Cher from Clueless.

Clueless is a truly timeless movie. Cher represents everything that is fashion and since I love the 90’s I thought she would be a fun character to be for Halloween.  Just remember to add “whatever” and “as if!” to your vocabulary! You can find Cher’s classic white knee high socks from Foot Traffic here.

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4.) Snooki from Jersey Shore.

I just could not leave Snooki off of this list. I think she is such a fun character. Make sure to gym, tan and laundry to get in character and make sure you rock snooki’s signature hairdo. Click here to watch an online tutorial on how to do a “Snooki Poof” and makeup.

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5.) Twiggy.

Lastly I thought I would include fashion icon Twiggy. She is a classic. This costume will give you the opportunity to wear the retro style and bright colors we have been seeing on the runways this season.  Click here to see how to create Twiggy’s famous eyelashes.

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I hope this provided you with some inspiration!

-Jani

 

Which one of these costume ideas is your favorite?

What do you plan of being for Halloween this year?

SKIRTED LEGGINGS…

The perfect combination of leggings and a skirt in one piece!

One of my pet peeves is trying to align my tights or leggings with my underwear and my skirt.  That’s three waistbands to negotiate every time I move!  I am always “adjusting” to avoid those unsightly lines that show my not-so-perfect figure.  You know what I mean!

Foot Traffic Skirted Legging

To solve that problem, we have designed a very figure-flattering solid opaque legging and skirt combined. It is the perfect fashion piece as it combines two items into one so once you put it on, no more tugging and pulling! It is great to layer under your favorite sweater, jacket, or shirt. At the recent Accessories Show in Las Vegas, this item was a favorite of the buyers because it fits well, looks great, and the quality is outstanding. Hopefully, it will be a favorite of yours this fall and winter.

– Nanci

What is your fashion pet peeve?

How would you wear our skirted legging?

Would you like to see it in other colors?

A Missoni of My-own-ie!

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My first job after college was working for Neiman Marcus in the couture department. The only reason I worked couture was the fact that I was a fashion illustration and textile major and I knew a lot about designers. I was put with the seasoned sales women who threatened my potential for making any commissions if I “stole” any of their customers. I was like a goat in a lion’s cage.  The agony of working with my co-hearts (or the co-heartless) was forgotten because I was able to sell Missoni. The collection had its own couture section that rivaled a museum setting.  I was in design heaven, amidst the incredible textures and iconic designs brought from the knitting machines of the Missoni family.  Of course I could not afford such luxury but I could touch it, sell it, and experience the exquisite quality. Every day. Every minute.

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From Michael Graves in the 90’s to today, I hand it to Target for bringing such interesting designers to the public and letting the world enjoy designer brands at a reasonable price. Of course, the new 400 piece Missoni collection does not share the same refined mixing of materials and patterns of the  couture collections but it does bring forward the iconic patterns and colors so representative of the Missoni brand, and that is fun for everyone.  Now you—men, women and children- can have a Missoni of–your-ownie!

 

Do you like the new collection?

Have you been to Target to see it? What did you think?

What did you buy or what will you buy if anything?

– Nanci

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HOT PiNK—HOT RED—HOT COLORS for fall!

Are you daring enough to try some of the new hot colors for fall and winter?

Yes, we still see lots of black but now there’s an explosion of great color and lots of it!

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I was with friends this past weekend and the topic (besides world peace, politics, food, men and pets) was the new colors for fall—what a great conversation! With the economy a bit unsteady, everyone seems to be looking for something cheerful and bright, and fashion is an easy way to add that punch of color that will brighten your day.

My favorite is the red/hot pink combo.  It is so much fun and easy to wear either head to toe or as an accent such as a scarf, purse or legwear. It is hard not to find a spread in every magazine with this great combo and it works on everyone….so go ahead, try hot colors for fall and winter and brighten your day!

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What do you think?

Are you wearing hot colors this fall and winter?

What is your favorite hot color?

– Nanci

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Fall Fashion Favorites for Campus

Well, here it is again—school.

Summer is behind you and it’s back to class. Your tan has faded, there’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are turning to shades of orange and red.

Rise and Shine! You may not look forward to dragging yourself out of bed, but you can look forward to wearing some of the fun new fall fashions. And, you can cleverly reinforce your current wardrobe with new seasonal items to transition from summer into fall. No need to give up the mini-skirt or shorts —just add some great leggings or tights and let your legwear transition your wardrobe.

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort, warmth and fashion for school.

“Must-haves” for campus fashion:

Check out my campus Fall fashion inspiration below. Be Inspired this semester to be bold, fearless and to be YOU!

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Lotsa Dots!

I LOVE polka dots and could not be happier when I see fashion enjoying this playful pattern as a year round design element. Polka dots are everywhere from fashion to home decor. Polka dots dominate on these pages from More Magazine and Elle Décor. For a fun fashion accent check out all of our polka dot socks, tights and footless tights.

Enjoy this fashion accent from head to toe!

-Nanci

Do you like polka dots? Which ones would you wear?

Click here to view our Polka Dot Knee High Socks and join this timeless Trend.

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