How often do you find yourself nodding along in a conversation even though you’re really not sure of what is being spoken of? If you don’t know your fanny packs from your backpacks, your neats from your knife-pleats, your fluted hems from your dirndl skirts – then this list is for you.
It would take volumes to cover everything under the fashion umbrella, so here’s a rundown of 20 commonly used fashion terminologies that aren’t too long to seem wearisome, nor too short to seem insufficient.
An accent, not to be confused with an accessory, is an element of individualism that one adds to his/her ensemble. It is that personal touch that sets a particular outfit apart and makes it your own. It could be as simple as how you tie your bow, where you place the broach or how you fold your scarf – that carries an element of your personality and thereby accentuates your outfit.
Remember Gigi Hadid’s 2015 Met Gala look? That is a great example of appliqué. It is an ornamental design that is made out of a piece of fabric sewn onto another fabric. It is every designer’s way of showcasing their unique artisanal work and looks exceptionally lush in couture pieces.
Many haute couture designers have the word ‘atelier’ placed before their names, such as Atelier Versace. If you are wondering what that means, then simply put, it is a professional studio/workshop or workroom of an artist/designer.
Do you know, one cannot become a couturier if he/she does not have a full-time atelier1 in Paris.
It is an unorthodox and experimental approach towards designing and creation that push the envelope of fashion beyond conventional pieces. For instance, the 2017 Met Gala honoured Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo for her avant garde and unconventional designs.
As one of the most flattering silhouettes for womenswear, this waistline has a fitted bodice that ends right below the bust and is usually followed by a flowy and voluminous silhouette, appearing high waisted.
A country-inspired skirt design that is gathered around the waist giving it an A-line and wide silhouette. It was majorly popular during the 1950’s and dominated the design industry in the years that followed.
Originally a part of the traditional Japanese kimono outfit, the obi belt is a wide sash made out of stiff cloth that is tied around the waist. The current version of the belt is however more modern and made out of other materials. In simple terms, it is a wide belt perfect to accentuate the waistline or add as a statement accessory to any outfit.
These boots incorporate the element of wearing socks with boots. It reaches roughly around the midcalf area and features a pointed toe. The trend started with Balenciaga’s velvet ankle sock boot and has now gained rapid momentum with being sold at every fast-fashion retailer.
See Now, Buy Now
The latest bandwagon of retail is the see-now-buy-now model with luxury brands like Ralph Lauren and Burberry incorporating the element of instant gratification into their runway collections. This concept makes runway shows shoppable and the collections are available for purchase immediately after the show.
It is a small pouch/bag worn around the waist with the help of a strap, that helps you go hands-free on any busy day. However now, it has become more than just a practical need. Fanny packs worn around the waist or diagonally across the shoulder make for great statement accessories and help cinch any oversized jacket.
80’s favourite, mom jeans are high waist denim jeans that are loosely fitted and comfortable, but not slouchy. American soccer moms popularized the term during early 1980’s.
Melania Trump’s pussy bow blouse at this year’s Presidential debate brought the well-deserved attention back to this trend. Pussy bow is referred to as the loopy knot you tie around your neck, whether with the help of a scarf or attached to the top. This Victorian-inspired knot is known as the pussy bow.
No longer known as sneakers or kicks, trainers are regular flat walking shoes that go perfectly well with athleisure wear. Not to be used for running or at the gym, these shoes are more sophisticated looking and come in neutral colours.
It refers to as a collection comprising of a few essential items that are not primarily seasonal–based and do not go out of fashion easily. In terms of designer wear, a capsule collection is a condensed version of a designer’s collection consisting of the most essential and influential pieces.
It is an adjective which means being ‘related to tailoring’ and is also used to describe clothing or style of a dress.
When fabric is cut at a 45-degree angle or simply obliquely, this cut is referred to as the bias cut. It allows the cloth to drape easily over a woman’s body, and is used to create romantic feminine gowns and drapes that emphasize a woman’s natural curves.
Sharp and narrow folds usually made in the same direction by overlapping of fabric. The pleats are sharply pressed against each other to make defined lines that stand independent of one another.
When colour gradually elevates from light to dark, this effect is known as ombré. It is a shading technique used by many couturiers by blending one hue into another.
This waist resembles the scrunched neck of a paper bag when you hold it from the top. The gathering of the fabric right above the waist while cinching the waistline creates ruffles or pleats that come out from the top. It is one of the most popular trends seen this year.
As opposed to pockets that are created as a patch or a flap pocket on the garment, welt pockets are set into the outfit with the help of a slit. This is mainly done to create disappearing lines and made for fuss-free silhouettes.