10 Fashion Terms to Know


Time for my monthly installment of 10 fashion terms to know.  Happy reading!

Aiguillette: A shoulder decoration made of cord, usually braided, used on military dress uniforms.

Alice Blue: A medium pale blue with a gray or green tint. Given the name Alice Blue due to Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.

Decolletage: French meaning bare shoulders or a low cut neckline.

Decollete: French for a item of clothing that is very low cut, and revealing of shoulders, back and sometimes the breast.

Fob Pocket: A small pocket near the waistband of a man’s pants used for holding a pocket watch.

Gauge: A term in knitting for the number of stitches per unit of width and length of the fabric.

Suede: Leather that has been buffed on the flesh side to raise a small nap.

Nautical: Clothing and symbols taken from navel or sailor’s clothing.  It is often found in the popular color schemes of red, white, and blue.

Paste: Reflective type of glass, faceted or made to imitate gemstones.

Patchwork: A method of sewing small pieces of fabric together in various shapes and colors to make a new fabric or quilt.





10 Fashion Terms to know


Here are ten quick fashion terms to know.

1. Action Back: Term used to describe the extra fullness at the back of a jacket, shirt or dress from the shoulder to the waist. Normally a pleat, that helps with movement.

2. Bolero: A waist length open jacket worn by women.

3. Cashmere: a luxurious fabric made from the hair of a goat that is native to Northern India’s Kashmir region as well as several other Asian nations. The wool for the fabric is taken by combing the animals.

4. Felt: Non-woven fabric made by compressing wool and hair fibers in a flat form by heat and steam.

5. Flannel: A soft, delicate fabric tightly woven into a twill or plain weave and has a soft nape.  It can be made of woolen, worsted or some combination of.

6. Mittens: Hand covering with a thumb compartment and another area for the fingers.

7. Parasol: An umbrella used for sun protection that can be made of cloth to match clothing. A popular accessory during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

8. Parka: A hooded fur jacket worn of Native Americans in the Arctic regions.

9. Taffeta: A type of crisp fabric with a smooth surface. At one time made of silk, currently made in man made fibers.

10. Ultramarine: A deep shade of purple blue.






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.