10 Fashion Terms to know.

Yes, its another time for a fun and informative ten fashion terms to know.  Impress your friends with your new fashionista vocab! This monthly feature will have you sounded like a insider in no time.


Acrylic: Generic name for fibers and yarn that are man made from resin. Acrylic is considered an easy care item that can retain it’s shape. Used in sweaters, hosiery and dresses.

Admiralty Cloth: A Melton-type fabric used by the British Navel forces for officer’s uniforms and coats.

Cadet Blue: A light blue grey color worn by cadets at various military academies.

Cadet Cloth:  A heavy flannel cloth used for overcoats by military academy cadets in a blue grey color.

Damask:  A fabric made in a Jacquard weave in a pattern of various sizes. It reverses on the other side. Originally from Damascus, Syria.

Diadem: A crown or headpiece wider and higher toward the front.

Ikat: A method of dyeing yarn pronounced ee-kat from Malaysia.

Muslin: A fabric of plain weave in various weights that can be used in sheets, pillowcases to summer dresses and blouses. Fabric is lustrous, long wearing, soft and washable.

Rayon: A term for man-made fibers taken from trees, cotton, and wood plants. Used for it’s low cost, it can be woven or knitted. It drapes and dyes well, but wrinkles easily. Used in undergarments, dresses and shirts.

Ready-to-wear: Clothing that is mass produced in a variety of standard sizes. The first ready to wear dresses debuted in Paris in 1792.








The Dia & Co. Clothing Box

I received my first clothing box today. I decided to purchase a Dia & Co. box.  I had seen advertisements for Dia in my Facebook feed.  Since I have gained so much weight due to my pain medication I have been in need of clothing.  I’m now plus size. A size 2X.  Finding clothing to fit me other than a plain pair of jeans and a navy t-shirt has proven near impossible.  So I thought what do I have to lose?

I have always been suspicious of delivery box services.  Is it going to cost me too much money? What are they sending you?  Can I get out of it? I went to the Dia website and filled out a brief questionnaire.  Several days later a small box arrived on my front doorstep.  It contained five items of clothing, two tops, two pairs of pants, and a dress.

The tops were nice.  One was a green and white floral peasant top. It’s not normally something that I would wear in terms of pattern and color. I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised that it looked good on me.  The fit was also good.  So I am keeping this one.  The second top was a grey sweater with zip detail.  I also tried this on and liked it.

The dress was a floral print on a teal background.  While the dress was beautiful I really didn’t need it. My only criticism is that it showed a lot of cleavage. I also sent it back.  There were two pairs of pants as well.  One pair was jeans.  I honestly didn’t try them on as I have enough blue jeans.  The second was a pair of leggings. I also didn’t try these on. They were of a very rough material and didn’t feel soft. Back they went.

In all I was pleasantly surprised with the contents of the Dia box.  I am very interested to see what they send me next. Just in case you are wondering, Dia did not give me anything or sponsor this post.  I saw an ad on Facebook, filled out the questionnaire and paid for it out of my own pocket.  So I can safely say that all the opinions are really my own!!

P.S. I had photos ready to go with this post. Unfortunately, I had a bit of a camera malfunction.  So I will post some photos the next time.  Forgive me!!





10 Fashion Terms for November.


Balaclava- Head covering that only shows part of the face. Intended for cold climates.

Brand- Brand is a name, label, or mark assigned to a product by the manufacturer.

  1. Trademark- Word, design, or device assigned to a product or service by owner. Trademarks can be registered so that no one can use them.
  2. Oxford- A basic shoe style that either laces shut or is closed with some fastening.
  3. Pile- Loops or tufts made by cutting loops so they stand up on the surface of fabric to form the surface texture.
  4. Acetate- A Man-made fabric with a high sheen and doesn’t cling. Frequently used to line garments.
  5. Aglet- A metal or plastic cover on the end of shoelaces to keep them from coming apart.
  6. Ascot- A scarf that is tied under the chin.
  7. Babushka- A scarf shaped like a triangle that is normally worn on the head.
  8. Basque- A tight fitting bodice.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?


Everywhere you go in the blogsphere you see ideas for capsule wardrobes. In my Pinterest I have a section on wardrobe that is full of writings on capsule wardrobes. The capsule wardrobe is a concept that had is origins in minimalism.  It is a great way to access and live with what you have.  More importantly it is to use what you normally wear and get rid of what you don’t. That pink polka dot dress you have “just in case” you go somewhere that you could wear it?  Gone!

Many different blogs and magazines have different definitions of what a capsule wardrobe is.  I’m not going to get that specific. I just am going to include the basics in it.  I personally decided to try a capsule wardrobe when I gained a lot of weight due to a medication change.  It was very hard for me to find clothes that fit much less ones that I like to wear that are plus size.

I often read that a capsule wardrobe includes up to 37 pieces of clothing.  It a stress free way to manage what to wear.  It’s also a great way to save money.

Some of the basic items in a Capsule Wardrobe include:  A white t-shirt,  a white tank, a classic button up t-shirt, denim jeans, cardigan, blazer, wrap dress, shorts, flats, boots, and sandals.  The great thing about the capsule wardrobe is you can add anything you want after a basic stage.

In future I will be posting photos and lists of how my capsule wardrobe is coming along.  Stay tuned for that.

Another focal point of a capsule wardrobe is color.  Usually you choose one prominent as your base.  Then another as a secondary base.  Finally, two to three other colors for accents.  For me, I would like to have had charcoal as the base of my wardrobe.  However, it is very difficult to find that exact color.  So I went with Navy.  My secondary base color is black.  For my accent colors I am going to use: charcoal, kelly green, and teal.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe yet?  What is your wardrobe like? Did you find it easier to use?  More fashionable?  I’d love to hear your results!



10 Fashion Terms

charisse-kenion-229492Here are ten more fashion terms to add to your repertoire.

A-line: A skirt that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens toward the hem giving the impression of the letter A.

Applique: Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are cut in different shapes stuck onto other fabric to form a picture or pattern.

Basque: An items of women’s clothing which is a closely fitted bodice or jacket estending past the waistline over hips.  In modern use basque can refer to clothing details reminiscent of lingerie detail.

Batik: An eastern resist method of dyeing fabric that results in patterns or images.

Bias Cut: A garment cut on the diagonal.

Bustle: A framework used to expand or support the drapery of the back of a woman’s dress.  Worn under the skirt and just below the waist.  Popular until late 19th century.

Cheongsam: A body hugging Chinese dress for women. Literally means long gown.

Ease: A sewing term used in pattern instructors to draw the fibers of the fabric closer together.  Usually achieved by basting.

Embroidery: Decorating fabric or other material using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

Empire Waist: One of the most common waistlines in fashion.  The dress or shirt has fitted bodice just ending below the bust giving a high waist appearance.



10 Fashion Terms and Their Meaning


Fashion magazines and online blogs about fashion are hugely popular.  Oftentimes they use language or terms that are unknown to others outside the industry.  I thought it would be a fun feature to start to explain what some of the fashion vocabulary means.  Each month I will produce a list of ten words commonly used in clothing and fashion.  Enjoy!

  1. Je Ne Sais Quoi- We have all heard this phrase before, but what does it mean?  It means “I don’t know what.” So basically when someone says a person has a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi it means that special something that can’t quite be named or defined.
  2. Sartorial -Means relating to clothing.
  3. Denier- Is the measure of a thickness of spun fiber.  Most often used in hosiery.  The higher the denier that thicker the fiber.
  4. French Cuffs- Turned up cuffs sometimes fashioned with cuff links, sometimes fashioned with a contrasting color.
  5. Melange-yarn spun fibers printed in many tones and hues.
  6. Merino-High quality wool from Merino sheep.
  7. Modal- Manufactured fiber that is soft, shape retentive and durable.
  8. Neoprene- Durable synthetic rubber that is lightweight and buoyant.
  9. Olefin- A man made lightweight material, exceptional strength, resists stains, mildew, abrasions, and sunlight.
  10. Pima Cotton- Best grade of cotton in the world.



The 15 Items of the Basic Wardrobe



Here is what I would put in a minimalist wardrobe.  I would have these in a neutral color for the most part.  What pieces do you have?  Which ones do you need?  Which ones do you think are obsolete?

  1. A pencil skirt
  2. A leather jacket
  3. Wrap Dress
  4. Jeans
  5. A trench coat
  6. Denim Jacket
  7. White T-shirt
  8. Blazer jacket
  9. Black dress pants
  10. White button Shirt
  11. A polo shirt
  12. Tank top
  13. Cardigan
  14. Casual Pants (Think Chinos or Khakis)
  15. Black T-shirt

For me the polo shirt, the white button shirt and the white T-shirt don’t work for me.  For one thing I always get something stained on them.  It never fails, when I wear white I always am eating something Italian and get tomato sauce all over me.  As far as polo shirts go, I hate the look.  They remind me of the fifth grade when I used to wear them.  Yuck.  This list is a general list.  Your lifestyle my be one where you never need a dress or can’t wear white.  That’s okay.  Manage it for yourself.  Make substitutions or color changes when necessary.