Sunday, 6 July 2014

Oh.My.Word (A-F)

Do you know the difference between a crew neck and a turtle neck? Can you tell your A-line dresses from your H-line dresses?

If not, don't fret, we're about to make it whole lot easier for you. Yes, we’re that awesome.

As we know, things can get a tad bit awkward when you're at a store, just trying to buy yourself a pair of boots, and the assistant asks you if you'd like a Cuban or cowboy heel boot. I mean, can't a girl just buy a pair of boots without having to play a game of 20 questions?

No no, she can’t; so read up. 

  • A-line - This is a dress or a skirt that's narrow at the top and flares wider as you go to the bottom, like the letter A – who knew?
  • Apparel - A general term used for men, children and women's clothing.
  • Ankle-biters - Jeans or a pair of pants in general that are tight and only go up to the ankle bone.
  • Avant-garde – Definition: the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and and experimental methods.
  • Balaclava - This is a knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of shoulders. Totally the way to go if you're looking to score some thug points.
  • Bandeau/Tube Top - Usually a band shaped covering for covering your breast area - basically a strapless bustier top with no support.
  • Batwing sleeve - A long sleeve with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist.
  • Brogue - A low-heeled boot or shoe, traditionally heavy with a hobnailed sole. (see hobnailed (coming soon) )
  • Baroque - A period in the history of Western arts roughly coinciding with the 17th century. This style usually consists of a lot of textured fabrics, silk tapestries, and ornate details. Very luxurious. 
  • Bubble skirt - A skirt with a lot of volume that resembles a balloon.
  • Camisole - A short sleeveless garment for women that feels like lingerie.
  • Cap Sleeves - A small short sleeve that sits exactly on the shoulder or falling just on to the arm. 
  • Cheongsam - A traditional dress worn by Chinese women, defined by a high collar, long length (usually mid-calf length) and button or frog closure near the shoulder.  This fitted dress is often made of shimmering silk or embroidered satin.
  • Choker - This is any necklace with less than 1cm of slack. Made popular by the goth kids, but it's come to be quite a fashion must-have. 
  • Chunky heel - This refers to a short and thick heel. Kind of resembles the old Snooky from Jersey Shore; short and thick.
  • Cone heel - Shaped like a cone, a cone heel is circular at its top and tapers down to a point.
  • Corset - A top with a slim, usually strapless with stiff boning inside as support and either laced up or with hooks as closures.
  • Cowboy Heel - A “cowboy heel” when viewed from the side, the front face of the heel is perpendicular to the ground, while the back face of the heel is angled, beginning at the rear of the shoe and slanting forward towards the front of the shoe from top to bottom.
  • Crew neck : A crew neck usually comes in the form of a sweater or t-shirt, it's a close-fitting round neckline. 
  • Crocs - Social suicide. And no we don't care that some celebrities own them. You're not a celebrity.
  • Cuban Heel - A “cuban heel” is a “chunky” four-sided heel where the front remains relatively uniform while the back tapers modestly from top to bottom.
  • Dashini -  The dashiki is a very colorful garment that is mostly worn in West Africa. It covers the top half of the body.
  • D├ęcolletage - A plunging neckline on a woman's dress. Without d├ęcolletage, there would be no cleavage. 
  • Deconstruction - A term used to describe clothing that has been taken apart and put back together in a new unexpected way, or looks unfinished, raw and as though it may be deteriorating. 
  • D’Orsay Shoe - A shoe where the upper portion is cut away on either one or both sides of the foot.  The front or back of the upper portion may be open or closed.
  • Drainpipe - Narrow pants, tapering towards the ankles. We call it skinny jeans.
  • Draping - The art of creating a dress simply by arranging fabric around a body using the natural fall of the fabric and techniques like pleating or gathering. The most famous drape would be the sari.
  • Empire Line - A silhouette where the waistline is pulled up just below the bust. This style makes the most of a small bust line.
  • Espadrille Sole - A flexible sole made entirely of jute rope or a similar synthetic material.  This type of sole is usually coupled with a “wedge” heel because of the flexible nature of the material used. This style is very popular in spring and summer footwear.
  • Faux - This means that something is made in imitation, not real, fake. Like that girl we all hate in school.
  • Faux Pas- A false step.  A fashion faux pas means an error in judgement in style. An example of a faux pas would be wearing leopard on leopard.
  • Flats - Flats refer to any shoe that has no heel.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of this exciting lesson in Fashionography (yes, we made it up, and no we don't know what it means).

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  1. This is incredibly helpful! Everyone could use a brush-up on their fashion terminology, myself included. Can't wait for the rest of this series!


  2. Glad you found it helpful Lindsey! Stay tuned :) x