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June 05, 2007

Briefs And Thongs – We All Need Them!

by Amanda Cotterill
We all wear them in some form or fashion. Some of us prefer sexy thongs, others prefer bikinis, and still others want full coverage briefs. But the truth remains that almost all women wear underwear. For most of us, our underwear reveals something about us and our preferences.

If you are looking to step out of your lingerie comfort zone, your panties are a great place to start. A new pair of panties is fun and inexpensive way to add some spice to your day. No matter what normally occupies the panty drawer in your bedroom, there is a new option available for you. Today’s lingerie is made from very soft and comfortable fabric and you don’t have to be concerned about itchy lace or stiff elastic.

If you are normally a bikini wearer, try a string bikini. String bikinis are a more comfortable option for today’s fashionable skinny jeans. With less fabric on the side you will much less likely to have unsightly panty lines. Obviously, alone string bikinis are a more sexy and revealing panty than bikinis. The advantage is you still have all the coverage you look for in a regular bikini.

Many women prefer thongs to deal with panty lines in their clothing. As fashions become more tailored and slim fitting, panty lines become much more obvious. The always sexy thong is the perfect solution. Again, this is where the fabrics of today are a great gift to women of today. Womens thongs are no longer uncomfortable and restricting but very comfortable.

When shopping for thongs, determine the style that you prefer. Some are constructed with a small triangle of fabric that sits below the small of your back. Others known as g-strings don’t have that little bit of fabric, the elastic simply rides around your hip or just below and between your buttocks. Both styles give the clean no panty line in form fitting styles. For wearing with the ultra low rise style of jeans, some thongs have small charms or jewels attached to the back fabric panel to peek a boo above the jean line. This is fun little accent for weekend or evening wear.

But maybe you have always worn briefs. There is no shame in this. The beauty of underwear is that there are sexy options in every panty style. Sexy panties are available everywhere from your local discount store to high end lingerie boutiques. A very comfortable and sexy panty choices is the seamless, cotton lycra stretch blends. If you want to minimize the appearance of panty lines and still have more coverage, these are the panties for you. They are available in every imaginable color and with or without details like soft lace. Neutral skin tones are perfect to pair with light colored clothing. But with jeans, get a few sexy panties in colors that are vivid and fun. No one has to know if you don’t want them to.

When purchasing swimsuits, keep in mind the various panty styles. Your cut of the bottom of the swimsuit will depend upon whether if it is one or two pieces. Two piece swimsuits can have bottoms from full coverage brief styles to thongs and g-strings. Determine how you are going to use your suit before choosing your bottom style. For beach wear, all styles work well. However, for swimming as exercise or diving, you will likely want a little more coverage.

Briefly in review (pun intended), you can have a lot of fun with your underwear. It is a great way to add a sense of adventure to your lingerie drawer and easy on your pocketbook.

About the Author

Amanda Cotterill has been involved in the sexy lingerie market for many years. This article outlines the benefits of women wearing sexy thongs as if that needed much explaining!

June 03, 2007

Punk Hairstyles - From Rebel Culture To Fashion Statement

by mwbarrows
Punk hairstyles - those bizarre, colorful things that you see in high streets, villages and black-painted teenage bedrooms! I'm not a punk and have never been one, but I have always been fascinated by the whole punk look and ideology - probably because I was a teenager at the very time that punk exploded, kicking, screaming, swearing and spitting, into popular culture.

Punk took off as a mainstream fashion and music trend during the mid-1970s, largely due to the efforts of high profile English fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood and the crown princes of punk - The Sex Pistols. The Pistols were managed at the time by Malcolm McLaren, who was Westwood's partner (personally and professionally) and the crazy mixture of these 3 forces gave rise to what would become a global phenomenon.

The Pistols' unique look was largely created by Westwood, utilizing zips, rips, chains, bondage, porn and slogans. The fashion tapped into anti-establishment feelings of the time and the punk hairstyles were a reflection of the clothes and attitudes - unwashed, anarchic and spiky. Mid-to-late-1970s punk hairstyles were actually quite subdued; hair remained fairly short - probably as a reaction to the trend at the time for both male and female hair to be worn long.

Hair was simply chopped of using whatever implements were to hand, and left untreated and unwashed. As a result, the hair tended to form itself into clumps and spikes, which started to become the formal "look" for punk hair. Color - especially bright orange as worn by Pistols' frontman Johnny Rotten - became another punk hairstyle 'stamp,' which could be seen on high-streets all around large cities of the UK. Women also tended to decorate their hair to match their outfits.

As punk moved into the 80s, it also moved from the streets into mainstream fashion and also from being a largely British phenomenon, into a worldwide movement. With the greater influence of fashion, punk hair styles also became more popular, formal and more 'designer,' with the use of much more hair colorings and deliberately asymmetric cuts. Spiky hairstyles began to be formalized with the use of hair gel and bleaching (the Billy Idol look) became really popular, as did the most famous punk hairstyle of all - the Mohawk.

The Mohawk - or Mohican - hairstyle is the definitive punk hairstyle. The style is so-called because it is thought to have been worn by the Mahican and Mohawk tribes, altough in reality it appears that the Huron tribe were the first to sport the hairstyle. The Mohawk hairstyle is characterized by a shaved scalp with an upright strip of hair running across the crown of the head from the forehead to the nape of the neck.. 1980s punk culture became identified with magnificent, colorful Mohawks, but - tragically for a rebel culture - the style became so mainstream that high-fashion catwalks around the world began to feature supermodels wearing beautifully-styled, peacock-like Mohawks.

Since that time, little has changed really. Punk music has evolved into many styles, most notably the Emo punk genre so popular with American teenagers. Punk music has largely returned to the underground, but the punk 'look' is very much mainstream, as popular as ever with disaffected and experimental teens as well as older punks who refuse give up on the punk lifestyle and philosophy. But what about the hairstyles? Well you can now walk into any high street salon and ask for a modern, punk hairstyle. Truly punk hairstyles are now all about the fashion statement...

About the Author

Michael Barrows' website gives great advice for good hair. Get your free ebook packed with hair style and hair care tips and advice, visit the punk hairstyles website

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