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The Must-know fashion Terms

Yes, it is the weekend but we are a bit in the mood of education today. We know fashion lingo can be hard. And don’t feel bad it happens to everyone. But then it should never stand in your way of knowing more and using fashion terms correctly. So the Wink n Pout stylists today felt super motivated to pass on some of the must-know terms. Of course there can be a lot more out there, but the below you will see being thrown around a lot in conversations revolving fashion. So why not use them right? Let’s go!

AppliquéIn its broadest sense, an appliqué is a smaller ornament or device applied to another surface. Usually a fabric onto a fabric in fashion.
Satin Appliqué tee 

Arm Party – Wearing many bracelets or watches in one wrist, term made popular by Man Repeller herself – Leandra Medine.

Atelier – a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.

Au courant – Fully informed, up-to date on the latest trends.

Bandeau – a woman’s strapless top formed from a band of fabric fitting around the bust. So a bandeau neckline would mean a strapless neckline.
The J Crew Bandeau

Bias Cut Cut obliquely or diagonally across the grain of a fabric. This allows the garment to flow more and feel more elastic. This type of cut is often used on women’s clothing, such as skirts and lingerie

Bib Necklace – A style of necklace that mimics a baby’s bib, with a thick section on the chest and a thin cord going around the back of the neck.
Buy the necklace here

Boxy – Square in shape with minimal tailoring.

Capsule Collection – a mini collection consisting of a few important representative items from the designer.

Chantilly Lace  – Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France. Usually an intricate and delicate silk, linen or synthetic lace.

Diffusion line – a range of relatively inexpensive ready-to-wear garments produced for the mass market by a fashion designer. Think Philip Lim’s Collaboration with Target last year.

Distressed – Having simulated marks of age and wear.
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Du jour – Currently very fashionable or popular. Can be short lived.

Epaulets – A decorative shoulder adornment, especially on the coat or jacket of a military uniform.
The Shirt

Espadrille – a light canvas shoe with a plaited fibre sole.
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Faux pasFaux pas literally means ” false pass ” , or a fashion don’t. Simply put an embarrassing fashion blunder, think of arriving in

Gusset: A diamond-shaped piece of fabric that is sewn into the crotch of pants or underarm of sleeves to add extra durability in snug-fitting areas that are likely to tear due to friction. When it comes to bags the gusset is the material that makes the sides and bottom of the bag. So basically the width of the bag – you won’t be able to fit a 3” thick box in a 2” gusset bag!

Haute Couture – Custom-fitted state-of-art garments created by fashion houses which belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris. Eg. Chanel

High Fashion – The very expensive, fine and skilled fashion produced by high end fashion houses. Think a Vera Wang gown.

High Street Fashion – Now come to defined as trendy clothing available at cheaper price and ready to be worn on the street. Think brands like Zara, Mango etc.

Inseam: an inside or inner seam of a garment, esp. the seam of a trouser leg that runs from the crotch down to the bottom of the leg.

Kitsch – considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way. Think Sponge bob printed on a gown.

Lapel the part on each side of a coat or jacket immediately below the collar which is folded back on either side of the front opening.

Lurex – a type of yarn or fabric which incorporates a glittering metallic thread
This PlaySuit

Mary Janes – Round-toed shoes, with a single strap across the top.
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Mass fashion: Widely accepted fashions sold in mass quantities through retail stores, often at low prices. Think the kind of merchandize that you can buy at Target.

Ombré – A gradual change of one shade from dark to light (also referred to as degradé).
Online on Boticca 

Pièce de résistance – French for the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist’s work. In fashion it could be the must-have of the season or the most outstanding piece in an ensemble.

Placket – A placket is an opening in the upper part of trousers or skirts, or at the neck or sleeve of a garment. Plackets are almost always used to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are sometimes used purely as a design element.

Pret-a-porter – French, translates literally to ready-to-wear.  Factory-made clothing, sold in finished condition, in standardized sizes. Technically, today, it is different than mass Fashion. Think of Philip Lim, Equipment etc.

RiseThe rise on a pair of pants is measured from the crotch to the top of the waistband. So low rise means the pants will sit at your lower waist and high-rise simply put are high-waisted, above your belly button.

Scalloped – A pattern of curved projections cut along the edge of a piece of fabric for decorative effect.
Om TopShop

SilhouetteThe basic outline of the clothing on the body or the overall shape of the garment devoid of embellishment. Think A-line, Balloon fit etc.

Toile de Jouy – Sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile,” this type of decorative pattern usually consists of a white or off-white background covered in a pastoral scene.

Très chic – In style or desirable. Exceedingly Chic

Trompe L’oeil – An artistic technique where realistic imagery is used so to appear three dimensional. Think Mary Katranzou prints of windows and rooms on dresses.

Tulle – A sheer, stiffened netting often used for dance costumes or formal dresses.
tulle skirt

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Yoke – The part of the garment around the neckline on the front and the back.

So how many terms did you know?
Would you like to add some?
Do so in comments below!


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