Boot-i-licious cowboy boots for spring! Yee-Ha!

I do not pretend to know much about cowboy boots but I know I want a pair. A couple years ago I sold my red snakeskin boots that I bought in Aspen in a garage sale and have kicked myself ever since. I am now on the hunt for something that makes me smile—and fits my big feet, of course!

Every time I see women on the street with cowboy boots I love the look.

As the weather gets warmer, women of all ages are sporting their inner cowgirl and trading in their Uggs for fun cowboy boots.  I love it.

I am learning what to consider when buying cowboy boots. When searching on line, I found this great article, not to mention this great photo.

Check out “Guide to Choosing Cowboy Boots” www.fibers.com.

Although these seem like logical points it is always good to be reminded of what you need to consider when buying a pair of boots.

Here are 4 things I suggest you consider before your purchase…

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Fashion layering for summer 2011

Watching the fashion frenzy at the recent runway shows, clearly layering is still an essential look for spring, summer and fall 2011.

Layering creates a clever way to change our wardrobe and pull pieces together that we never knew we could!

Plus, layering is a way to regulate our comfort as the thermostat seems to vary in our work environments and as we move from indoors to outdoors.

Without smothering ourselves in layers of clothing, start with the basic pant, skirt, or shorts, t- top or tank top, and great legwear. Once you have your foundation, the fun begins.

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FASHION TRENDS 2011 – WWDMagic Show, WWIN & ATS

For the past few years we have participated in the WWIN(Women’s Wear in Nevada) fashion shows in Las Vegas.  Whether you are a vendor, a buyer, or checking out the fashion trends, the show provides a great opportunity for vendors and buyers interested in the latest trends to get together to see, sell, and discuss the latest trends.

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Functional, Fun Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves are back. They were part of the fashion world in the 80’s made popular by such artists as Madonna. In 1984, at the first Music Video Awards, Madonna wore a white lace outfit with matching fingerless gloves. Other pop stars such as David Bowe and Cyndi Lauper set the trend.
Today, fingerless gloves are seen on the hands of contemporary artists such as Miley Cyrus, Katie Pery, Lady Gaga, Taylor Momsen, and Rihanna.

Our current text-savvy culture is embracing this practical glove accessory because they give you the freedom to text, work on the computer and drive without the bulk of regular gloves.

Fingerless gloves are not new.

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2011 Fashion Colors- What’s New?

Color is personal.  We each have a color that we go to when we want to feel great. It is a color that we love, and you will see it in your wardrobe every season. But we each love to see what colors are forecast for the coming season. After all, we need change and we want to know how we can add new colors to our current wardrobe without throwing out our current favorites.
Honeysuckle InspirationWe turn to the Pantone Color Institute because they are the most widely recognized global authority on color.  They uncover what the most important seasonal color trends are in fashion by finding out what hues have provided inspiration to the designers of NY Fashion Week. Their report is used as a reference tool for those connected to fashion, retail, and the media. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute, and her team make their choices based on current events, psychology, economics, consumer behavior and socioeconomic issues.

“We look around not only at what’s happening in the news and the socioeconomic issues of today. With so much going on and people still very concerned with losing their jobs, we chose a color we felt would be energy-provoking and uplifting.”

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Why Merino Wool?

Merino WoolThe holidays are behind us and hopefully we are all doing our best to stay warm and prepare ourselves for the cold winter that still lurks ahead. Staying warm is a must but of course, we do not want to sacrifice fashion!  Merino wool is an excellent solution for your winter wardrobe.

So why Merino wool?
Merino is a type of sMerino Sheepheep that is bred predominantly for its luxurious, soft fleece. Spain was most noted for its fine wool, particularly between the 12th and 16th centuries. Merino sheep have their origins in North Africa and the foundation flocks were most likely introduced into Spain at the end of the 12th century.  Spain controlled the wool market for centuries, banning the export of their prized sheep. The breed was named Merino after the royal sheep inspectors, ‘los Merinos.’

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Bling In the New Year!

New Year’s Eve has always been a time to let your personality shine with fashion, humor, and a dash of drama.  It’s time to say goodbye to the past year and enter the new decade with boldness and confidence. Here are some suggestions for adding that fun and fashion savvy to your outfit without overspending.  What to wear?

Step up your style with some of our favorites to “bling” in the New Year.

A few favorites:

  1. Rhinestone leggings
  2. Metallic leggings
  3. Leopard tights/leggings and matching fingerless gloves
  4. Crocheted and textured tights worn over colorful tights
  5. Black lace thigh highs
  6. Classic fishnets

Fashion is in the details this season, let your legwear add that special accent to your wardrobe as you step boldly into the new year!

Rhinestone LeggingsLeopard LeggingsLeopard Fingerless GlovesLeopard Tights
Black Lace Thigh HighsClassic FishnetsMetallic LeggingsMartini Novelty SocksMusic Notes Novelty Socks

NEW Solid Opaque Thigh High Colors for 2011!

Thigh Highs for FallAs we all know, Thigh Highs have been one of the greatest hosiery fashion trends in 2010. We have seen them on the runways of major fashion shows, on the streets of local communities, and in every fashion magazine. Based on the latest trend forecast, this fun fashion accessory will continue into 2011. Yeah!  The Solid Opaque Thigh Highs are so much fun because they work so well with knee high boots or layered with shorter boots like Uggs that seem to be getting us through yet another cold season.

Thigh Highs can be sexy, comfortable, warm, and fashionable at the same time.

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LONG, LEAN, and LEGGY

Monochromatic DressingAs I pour through fashion magazines and watch all of the beautiful models on television, I longingly admire their tiny waists and long leggy looks. Although most of us don’t live on carrots and lettuce and aren’t six feet tall, there are some fashion tricks that the professionals use to achieve the long leggy look.
At Chico’s they call it “column” dressing. That is, dressing in monochromatic colors from head to toe.  You match your top to your pants or skirt and then match your tights to the rest of the outfit. It creates a continuous column of color, and interest is added through using different textures and great scarves and jewelry. And you don’t stop there.

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SIZZLING RUNWAY STRIPES

Who watched the annual Victoria Secret catwalk show Tuesday night on CBS?

If you did not have a chance to watch this, check it out as it was incredibly creative and upbeat with one over-the-top outfit after another on models that are a far cry from the average female.  However, the show served its purpose of creating controversy around the topic of sex, lingerie, skinny models, and extreme designs that make you cringe, laugh, and wonder how they came up with those designs from the ridiculous to some that were actually quite stunning.  Of course, we at Foot Traffic were quite pleased to see some of the models strutting down the runway wearing one of our favorite type of  over-the-knee socks, the rainbow stripe. Stripes rule this season so check us out and see our collection of not only the OTK rainbow socks but also our thigh highs and tights.

By the way, we don’t carry the wings—just the awesome stripes!

Photos By: Jeffery R. Staab/CBS

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