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28 Day Challenge (Day 1)

So on June 11, 2012 I started the 28 day challenge. Then I tried to start the Autumn version last fall. In this challenge I took a pic of myself (almost) everyday. Then I would analyze my style and clothes choice afterwards. My conclusion I am NOT a good summer dresser. So because I love fall fashion way more and the summer version of this challenge was a fail, I am doing it again; I have a reliable source of internet now! I am starting today! There are 28 days of February how wonderful!

Day 1

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Also tomorrow (February 2) I launch my other blog: Feminist Snow White. I am very excited!

http://feministsnowwhite.wordpress.com/

Fashion Education 101: Last Lesson

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LAST LESSON!

Fashion Education 101: Items People Get Mixed Up

I don’t know why but every time I blog fashion lessons I think of those old NBC The More You Know commercials.

Anyways the last lesson shall consist of items that get mistaken for each other a lot! Some I didn’t even realize were different. I learned myself. Enjoy!

1. Sweaters vs. Sweatshirts (Hoodies)

I feel this is one of the most debated terms ever…… sweater.

Sweaters are nice. Sweaters by definition are jackets or pullovers made especially of knit, crocheted, or woven wool, cotton, or synthetic yarn. A knitted garment, typically with long sleeves, worn over the upper body.

I think that is what people get so confused. Sweaters can be jackets, thin, thick; they don’t necessarily have the same look over and over like a peplum shirt would.

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Sweatshirts are warm and different than sweaters.

They can look like sweaters but they are thicker and more casual.

Hoodies are sweatshirts with hoods.

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2. Cardigans vs. Jackets vs. Coats vs. Blazers

Cardigans are sweaters that have an open front that can be tied, buttoned or zipped. Also note that there are maxi cardigans, very cute.

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Blazers are less expensive and lean towards casual. One doesn’t wear a blazer to a business meeting. These tend to be funky, colorful and embellished.

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Jackets needs adjectives. Business jacket, spring jacket, jean jacket, leather jacket, etc. Jackets take two popular forms. One being the business suit jacket that is made out of expensive, nice fabric. The other being anything that isn’t a coat and is lighter.

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Leather Jackets

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Jackets!

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Coats, those warm things that keep you from dying in the cold.

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4. Capes vs. Shawls vs. Ponchos

Capes are a very popular evening wear and superhero accessory. I know some women replace coats with capes.

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Shawls are giant pashminas. They aren’t coats. They don’t zip or button, they don’t close around the body. A heavy wind would rip this item away from you.

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Ponchos fully cover around the torso. A wind would NOT rip this item away from you.

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5. Head scarves vs. Headbands

Head scarves cover a good portion of one’s head.

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Headbands can be plastic and fabric, there are also athletic headbands.

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6. Pashmina vs. Scarf

Pashminas are thick across and have way more fabric than scarves. They can be used as shawls.

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Scarves are skinnier and not made with such fine fibers as pashminas.

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7. Cross vs. Crucifix necklaces

Crucifix’s have Jesus on them. Crosses do not.

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8. Jeggings vs. Leggings vs. Tights vs. Pantyhose vs. Stockings vs. Long Socks

Jeggings are leggings made to look like jeans, and some, have denim in them.

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Leggings are skin tight pants made of fabric. They can be made of an array of fabrics and materials.

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Tights are made of a denser fabric than pantyhose. They don’t tear like pantyhose do.

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Pantyhose are made of light fabric; lighter than tights. They tear easily.

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Stockings are thin, long sock like accessories; made from the same light fabric pantyhose are. They are often worn with suspender belts.

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9. Turquoise vs. Teal

So I always thought that those two words were the same color. I was wrong!

Teal is darker than turquoise. Teal is a greenish blue while turquoise is more sky blue.

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Turquoise

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Your mind has been blown!

10. Lace vs. Sheer vs. Crochet vs. Crinoline

Lace is a fabric! It is an openwork material.

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Sheer is a fabric and an adjective. It’s very fine and thin.

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Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook. Crochet is making a comeback right now.

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Crinoline is the most god awful thing on earth! It is uncomfortable and made out of horse hair!

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11. Vintage vs. Retro vs. Antique

Alright these terms are very different from each other. The word antique is not used to described clothes but jewelry. Also these terms apply to furniture but that is a whole other different post. 🙂

Vintage is used for older clothes, that have a process which is not used anymore to make such clothing. It is a outmoded.

Retro is used for older clothes, but those clothes were made with a process that is still used today.

Antique is an old collectable item. It is collected based on beauty, rarity or other unique conditions.

CONGRATS! You all get A’s! Yes I know I was a very tough teacher. : )

Piercings!

I wanted to do something drastic to my hair; my mom replied get a tattoo or piercing instead. I am definitely getting a tattoo. I have thought about for years. I have decided I am getting a Jesus fish on my left wrist. I never thought about getting another piercing though. Here are some piercings I like. Many I am too chicken to get but one can dream. Enjoy!

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Fashion Education 101: Skirts

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 5!

Fashion Education 101: Skirts

Skirts are so fun and amazing! I have also found out there are SO many types of them!

I hope you enjoy!

1. A line

Fitted at the hips then flares out.

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2. Ballerina

A full skirt that reaches to mid-calf or just above ankles, often made up of multiple layers of fabric.

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3. Bubble

Skirts that bubble. They either look good or bad on people.

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4. Circle/Circular

There can be mini, long and full circle skirts. A skirt that’s cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist.

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5. Fit

These are really in right now.

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6. Flared

Skirts that flare at the end, can be short or long.

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7. Full

Skirts that have room between one’s legs and fabric.

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8. High waisted

Skirts that are high on thee waist.

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9. Hobble

I like to believe these are named hobble skirts because they make the girls literally hobble place to place. These are definitely vintage.

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10. Lehenga

A skirt that is long, embroidered and pleated. They are worn in India.

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11. Maxi

Skirts that are long.

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12. Mermaid

The end of the skirt looks like a mermaid.

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13. Micro

Skirts that are TOO short.

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14. Mini

These are not too short but just right.

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15. Pencil aka straight skirt

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16. Peplum

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17. Pleated

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18. Poodle

I love these!

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19. Rah Rah skirt

Short flounced skirt, popularized in the 80s, started with cheerleaders.

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20. Scooter aka Skort

I am not going to lie I forgot these existed. I haven’t heard or seen them since I was in 3rd grade. I am now 23.

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21. Sheath

These are different from pencil skirts, pencil skirts are tighter.

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22. Short/long

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Great blog to help with really specific skirts and skirts in general.

http://fashionbyamilka.blogspot.co.uk/2010/3/typesofskirts
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skirt
Thanks!

Fashion Education 101: Jewelry

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 4!

Fashion Education 101: Jewelry

Some archaeologists have believed they have found some jewelry as old as 75,000 years old! So I feel it is an understatement to say jewelry has been around for a long time. 🙂

I have 3 addictions.

1. jackets

2. shoes

3. jewelry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy some pretty pictures and a few details about special pieces.

THE NECK

Cameos

Cameo is actually a method of carving into a gem or metalwork and having a raised positive image. The Romans are credited to have this look first. The most popular type of cameo worn is on the neck.

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Pendants

Pendant came from the Latin word “pendere” which means “to hang down”. Pendants are a loose-hanging piece of jewelry. Most common in necklaces.

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Necklaces

Those things that hang from one’s neck. 😛

Blogger’s favorite type of necklace.

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Lockets

A locket is actually a type of pendant but has a space that can hold a picture or a lock of hair.

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Religious

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Chokers

Necklaces that are close and tight to the neck.

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THE ARMS

Armlets

Pieces of jewelry that wrap around the upper arm.

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Bracelets

Jewelry that wraps around your wrist.

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Bangles

Bracelets that are smaller and simple, easily layered.

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Cuffs

These are bigger pieces that can wrap around but don’t have to.

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Watches

Jewelry that tells time. It’s a beautiful thing!

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EARS

Earrings

They come in fish hooks, studs, snaps and pull throughs.

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Ear Cuffs

Perfect for girls who don’t want to get their ears pierced. I didn’t get mine pierced until I was 17. Also some connect to earrings.

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Clip Ons

I wore these all the time as a little girl.

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Gauges

I am not going to lie, I think these are weird. I have seen some people with gauges so big that a fist can fit through. :/

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RINGS

My favorite type of jewelry!

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FEET

Anklets

Bracelets for thee ankles.

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Toe Rings

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Barefoot Sandals

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BROOCHES

They get their own little category because they are cool!

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Also if you are ever ordering necklaces online this picture helps me!

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Fashion Education 101: Dresses

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 3!

Fashion Education 101: Dresses

It is the dress that truly belongs to the female wardrobe. It is the one article of clothing we don’t have to share with men. It is as old as time but has never let us down. Dresses come in all shapes and sizes just like women do. We have dresses for religious’ affairs, prom, competition, work, celebrations and for just laying in the sun.

I know I have left some out but I feel that these choices are very popular or unique enough to know.

Enjoy!

1. A line

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2. Asymmetrical aka One Shoulder

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3. Blouson

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4. Bubble dress

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5. Bridesmaids

Not only a great movie but the dress the friend of the bride’s wears. Here is mine. I am wearing it for Amber’s wedding.

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6. Coat dress aka Shirtwaist

Think of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. This dress is retro but classy.

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7. Cocktail Dresses

These are dresses suitable for semi-formals, black tie events and cocktail parties. Christian Dior was the first to use this term. Cocktail dresses fall under the evening dress category. They can be long but are usually short.

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8. Drop waist aka low waist

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9. Empire waist dress

Empire waist dresses are easily recognized by the seam ending right below the breasts. It is very popular in prom and wedding dresses.

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10. Evening/Formal dress

My grandma said what makes an evening dress is length. If a dress is not long, it is not evening. I hold to the same belief.

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11. Flapper dress

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12. High waist

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13. Jumper dress

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14. Kaftan dress

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15. Kimono

A traditional Japanese garment worn by men and women. However recently we have thought they make great robes and fabulous hang around wear.

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16. LBD

The Little Black Dress comes in every shape, size, style and cut. But every woman needs one because they’re effortless sexy.

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17. Mini dress

We have mini skirts so naturally we have to have mini dresses. These are the dresses that are so tight, hot and little. Some may call them the club dress.

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18. Maxi dress

Dresses that are awesome! They are floor length but casual.

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19. Mermaid dress

Dresses that the end of them look like Mermaid fins.

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20. Pencil dress

Same principle as a pencil skirt. To be tight and curve hugging, and going straight down.

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21. Princess dress aka Ball Gown

This is what I call the poof dress. It poofs out. 🙂

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22. Peplum dress

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23. Pleated dress

The detail at the bottom of the dress is pleated. Notice they are different from Tiered dresses.

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24. Sweater dress

I love this look. SO cozy.

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25. Sheath

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26. Short/long

Short in the front, long in the back. It is the mullets of dresses. : >

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27. Strapless

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28. Tutu dress

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29. Tent dress

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30. Tiered dress

Note this detail goes horizontal while Pleated goes vertical.

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31. Tunic

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32. Wedding dress

I think the most important dress of a woman’s life. 🙂

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33. Wrap dress

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Here is another helpful picture. 🙂

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Fashion Education 101: Shirts/Tops

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 2!

No Shoes
No Shirts
No Service!

Shirts, so needed and underestimated. It is easy to forget about something so simple. We put one on just about everyday; but there are some shirts that need a little recognition!!! You’ll sound super fashion smart when using these terms.

What I have noticed is that shirts/tops are usually named after their necklines, collar types and sleeves.

Also you may notice some types are missing, I am saving them for a different lesson. 🙂

Enjoy!

Fashion Education 101: Shirts/Tops

1. Bandeaus

These little tops are in baby!

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2. Bell sleeve

When the sleeve becomes larger at the bottom.

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3. Cap Sleeve

The shoulder is barely covered by the sleeve.

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4. Corsets

There are corsets one wears under their outfits then there are fashion corsets. Thank all the rock stars, that this, is a now accepted shirt!

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5. Cowl neck

There can be low and high cowl necks. Just remember cowl is a a circular neckline with extra fabric.

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6. Crop tops

These cute shirts are also in style! When you type in crop tops, a lot of belly shirts will show but these are my favorite crop tops.

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7. Dress shirt

Classy! I love wearing men’s dress shirts. They always seem more comfy.

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8. Fitted tee shirt

Shirts that are tight to the body.

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9. Halter

Halters have a fabric connecting to each side of the shirt, that goes around the neck.

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10. Long sleeve

Shirts that have long sleeves. 🙂

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11. Peplum Shirts

There are peplum shirts, dresses and skirts.

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12. Polo Shirts

They started as a man’s shirt but once again we have feminized them!

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13. Scoop neck

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14. Sleeveless

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15. Spaghetti Straps

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16. Square

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17. Strapless

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18. Tank

Tank tops have thick straps while spaghetti have thin.

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19. Tee shirt

Just the plain old fashioned tee shirt.

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20. Three quarter sleeve

These shirts sleeves end 1 to 4 inches below the elbow.

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21. Tunic

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22. Turtlenecks

Shirts that the neck is completely covered.

These are my favorites!

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23. V neck

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Here are some more types!

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