So many terms, so little time. Here is this month’s installment of 10 Fashion Terms to know. Learning different fashion terms not only enables you to discuss fashion on a whole new level, but can give you new clothing ideas and a history lesson to boot. Enjoy!
Aglet: The plastic or metal tag at the end of a shoelace tip at the end of lacing. Can be ornamental. Used to join clothing in earlier periods.
A-line: A term created in 1955 by Christian Dior to describe the style of dress where the dress starts out close to the shoulders and then slowly falling away from the under arm area to the hem. It resembles the letter A.
Alpaca: An animal that is related to camels but has a sheep like coat. It is native to South America. While related to the Llama, it should not be confused with it. It’s coat is used to spin yarn which has a lustrous sheen.
Bagheera: A fine uncut velvet characterized by short, close loops. It is known to be crush resistant.
Bandanna: A scarf made of cotton, calico fabric on a red or blue background.
Blouson Blouse: A blouse that has fullness at the waist that is gathered into a band.
Bow Blouse: A blouse with a band around the neck with two long ends you can tie in a bow.
Gypsy Blouse: A blouse with a drawstring neckline and short or long sleeves that puff out.
Peplum: A shirt or jacket with a separate seam at waist to which a ruffle or circular piece cut on the bias is added for fullness. Can also be a blouse that is long and full with an elastic waistline.
Snake bracelet: A bracelet made in the form of a serpent coiled around the arm. Dates back to the ancient Greeks.
It’s time for the monthly installment of ten fashion terms to know. Some of them are obscure, others common knowledge. The fashion/clothing industry never disappoints and is always evolving. Thus, making sure I will have endless words to define for you.
Basket Handbag- Originally a term used for a bag woven from reed to resemble a basket. Now may be made from a variety of materials but still resemble a basket.
Canteen Handbag- A bag in a circle shape that has a zipper and shoulder strap. Made to resemble a canteen used to carry water in desert climates.
Carpet Bag- A bag made of a patterned heavy fabric such as carpeting or tapestry in a large style.
Change Purse-A small bag that closes by a snap clasp on a rigid frame. Usually carried inside of a handbag to hold coins. Also called a coin purse.
Envelope Bag- A long narrow handbag made in the shape of a letter envelope. Often it has no handles.
Feed Bag- A bag made of a cylindrical shape of leather or canvas materials. Made to resemble a horse feed bag. It copies the round flat bottom and top handles.
Knapsack-A bag made of heavy fabric, square shaped, with webbing that forms a handle. Originally used in hiking and now used for a school bag.
Manbag- Handbag, usually a shoulder bag style, carried by men.
Newsbag- A tote bag with a seperate section on the outside to slip in a magazine or newspaper.
Saddle bags- Two soft leather bags joined to a central strap. Originally made to throw over a horse to carry provisions.
I hope you enjoyed the handbag themed fashion terms!
Each month I like to list ten different fashion terms and their meanings. Sometimes, the terms are historical, some are modern, some are even no longer in use. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. There are so many things to know!
1. Shirting- A term for any of a number of fabrics used for men’s and women’s shirts such as broadcloth, chambray, madras, oxford, and poplin.
2. Secondary Line- A version of a company’s popular main line that is produced at a lower cost out of lower priced materials.
3. Ultramarine- Rich deep purple-blue color made from powdered lapis lazuli, or chemicals to reach the same color.
4. Tyrian Purple- Red-Purple Color originally obtained from shellfish found off the shores of Tyre in ancient Palestine. It was reserved for royalty.
5. Bias Slip- A slip cut on the diagonal of the fabric to give a more body conscious fit, it can stretch to conform to the movements of the body.
6.Silk- Fiber from insects that is produced when they spin their cocoons (a silkworm). It is strong, resilient and elastic.
7. Cocktail Ring- A large, noticeable ring that can be real or costume.
8. Lapel Pin- A woman’s pin originally worn on the lapel of a suit.
9. Peignoir- A loose wrap or jacket and skirt set worn by a woman for informal bed clothes or coverings.
10. Millefiore- An Italian word that means thousands of flowers. Used to describe a tiny flower print in clothing and jewelry.
Ever wonder what a fashion or clothing term means? This is the place to find out! Find below 10 new terms for add to your vocabulary.
- Broche. Pronounced Bro-shay. Is a type of shawl from Scotland. A woven garment that rotates between two different stripes of patterned and solid colors. Popular in the early 1800’s.
- Checkerboard. A solid board used for playing chess or checkers. The squares of alternating fabric can be used on clothing to imitate the look.
- Chatelaine. A small bag trimmed with lace or beads that hangs from the waist on a decorative chain. Popular in the mid-1800’s.
- Nehru collar. A collar that stands up like a Chinese collar but is made with rounded ends in the front. Named for the Prime Minister of India J. Nehru.
- Spread Collar. A collar for a man’s shirt that has a large space between front points.
- Crinoline. A heavy cotton fabric used for stiffing/interfacing fabrics. A stiff petticoat worn to puff out and/or extend a skirt. Can also include a hoop skirt.
- Gabardine. A fabric woven with ridges caused by a warp twill weave. Durable.
- Grass Cloth. A general term for fabrics made of ramie, flax or help with have a smooth, shiny surface that is woven as a loose fabric.
- Jute. A fiber from the Jute pod. Grown in India and Pakistan.
- Kimono. Loose, straight-cut cotton or silk robe made in various lengths, tied at the waist with an Obi. A traditional costume of Japan. Men’s are in dark colors or for Women bright colors or floral prints.
Abraded Yarn: A continuous filament of man made yarn which has been rubbed to raise fuzz which increases bulk. Then the yarn is twisted into two-ply.
Two-ply yarn: A yarn made by combining two lightly twisted single yarns into one yarn. This makes the yarn stronger and durable.
Baby Bunting: An infant’s outdoor sack that has a zipper in front with a hood.
Barathea: A fabric with a pebbled texture that was originally done in silk. Generally used for ties it can now come in a variety of fabrics types.
Chemise: A linen garment worn next to the skin.
Crochet: A method of making a garment, lace or fabric with one hooked needle by machine or hand.
Down: Material used to pad winter jackets, coats, and blankets for warmth. Down is from the fluffy undercoat of geese and ducks.
Dummy: Called a dressmakers dummy, is a form of the human body on which cloth is draped before construction.
Gauze: A net like fabric used for costumes or trim and can be crinkled. Used for a variety of garment constructions. Made of a variety of fibers.
Lorgnette: A pair of eyeglasses attached to a handle used for seeing detail or distance.
Check out the blog next month for more fashion terms.
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.
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.