It’s time for our monthly installment of ten fashion terms you should know. In this article I put terms that you should know or are interesting to know.
Amulet: Small object believed to possess magical powers–a good-luck charm worm as protection against evil by primitive people and surviving to present time in various forms of jewelry.
Egyptian Cotton: A high quality long tape strong and lustrous cotton produced by the Nile to make fine fabrics.
Androgynous: Possessing both male and female characteristics. Popular fashion elements in the 20’s and several other decades.
Elastic: Stretchable tape originally woven with rubber yarn now uses Spandex and other similar fabrics.
Angola: A term for fabric made of 75% to 80% wool.
Goggles: Protective glasses, usually with shatterproof lenses in wide frames wrapped around the head, attached with a strap around the head and worn in sports.
Angora: Fuzzy yarn made from the under hair of the Angora rabbit.
Gray Goods: Textile term used to describe unfinished fabrics as they come off the loom.
Applique: A pattern on the surface of the fabric made by cutting out fabric and attaching it to another fabric by embroidery and stitching.
Haute Couture: Highest quality custom made clothing.
Those are your ten fashion terms for the month of September. I hope they were interesting and informative for you.
Agile Manufacturing: Technology that uses modular production rather than the normal piece goods method.
Colorway: The variety of two to four choices of color in the same season, for the same print or solid, in each style.
Sourcing: The decision process of determining who, what and where of your textile and apparel products manufacture, or where each individual piece is made.
Zoot Suit: An avant guard style of the 1940’s for men which used high-waisted, pleated pants that narrow at the ankle. Worn with a long coat shoulder pads and large lapels, a wide brimmed hat, and a key chain or watch chain coming out of the side pants pocket.
Turnip Pants: For bicycling, pants that could be turned down to make full length pants. Popular in the 1890’s.
Teddybear Coat: Large coat of alpaca fabric worn by men, women and children in the 1920’s. Today some large, synthetic coats that appear like sheep wool has also been referred to as a teddybear coat.
Cowl-neck: On a pullover garment with extra large rolled collar which forms a cowl neck.
Ankle socks: A short sock that only reaches the ankle. It can be turned down to the ankle too. First used in the 1920’s in the US for sport matches for women.
Bell Sleeve: A sleeve that is narrow against the arm near the shoulder and upper arm, then flaring out to the wrist or elbow. To be in the shape of a bell.
Tuxedo Pump Shoe: A low heel pump shoe with a rounded toe made of patent leather for the most part. It can also have grosgrain trim around the top of the shoe or in a decorative bow at the toes.
There have been so many posts, blogs and tv segments on your wardrobe. There are capsule wardrobes, French influence wardrobe, monochrome wardrobes, and daily uniforms. I have always had a basic wardrobe list. A good place to start to build any closet. You can turn this into a capsule wardrobe or any other type of style you want. What would you put in your basic wardrobe?
Here is my list:
Dark Jeans :I like that they look more dressed up.
Trench Coat: Classic style and practical.
Button down shirt
I usually prefer one color. For a long time it was black, then charcoal grey. Currently, I seem to wear a lot of navy. I think I would prefer all charcoal. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of the things in that shade of grey. Do you have a basic foundation color? What is it? Have you tried a capsule wardrobe before? Let me know how it has gone. I’ve been giving it some serious thought since I gained some significant weight from medication. It’s so hard to find plus sized clothes that look good and I like. Have you had any problems with clothing yourself?
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.