Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to Know

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  1. Leotard- A fitted one-piece knitted garment that is worn around the torso of the body.  Can also cover arms and neck. Mostly used for physical activity.
  2.  Maroon- A color that is a dark purple with brown or red tones.
  3.  Matelasse- A luxury fabric with an embossed effect.  The front and back of the cloth are separate fabrics that are joined together with extra yarns.
  4. Baby doll nightgown- A nightgown made with short puffed sleeves and matching panties and sheer.
  5. Ombre- Tones of a color with monochromatic shading from light to dark of a single color.
  6. Opaque- A term which means no light can pass through it.
  7. Translucent- A term which means semi-transparent.
  8. Transparent- A term used to describe items that light can pass through or been seen through.
  9. Voile- A fabric that is lightweight and open weaved to make a it a slightly rough texture.
  10. Beige- A color occurring in nature. Undyed fabric when it was first made.

 

Clothing

Fashion Terms for July

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1. Worsted: A type of yarn that is made up of long wool fibers that are twisted and combed.  It can also be used to describe fabric that is woven or knitted.  The fabric must be made with the long wool fibers which are carded or and combed to take out the small fibers.  Fibers are further transformed by gas or flame to remove more short fibers.  Then the fabric is pressed.

2. Watch Fob: A short chain or charm engraved with initials and attached to the pocket watch.

3.Vinyl: Is a man made material that is made of plastic and can have many attributes including, but not limited to, tough, shiny, and see through. Often used as an exterior fabric for waterproofing or to resemble natural leather.  Examples include boots, raincoats and shoes.

4.Tulle: A term that refers to a fine and sheer net fabric that can be made of a variety of sources.  Mainly used for wedding veils, and fancy dress items.

5. Tailor: A term for an industry professional who can make, alter and mend clothing of various types. Also can be used as a term to refer to fit of a garment.

6. Starching: Is a finishing process of fabric in which the fabric is dipped in a solution, and pressed with heat.  The fabric is rendered stiff, but it is not a permanent state.

7. Ballet Slipper: A soft and flexible foot covering which has a minimal sole and no heel used to dance by women and children or a street style that is made to be worn outdoors of more sturdy materials than the shoe covering before.

8. Ascot scarf: A rectangular shaped scarf which often worn loosely at the neck by men and women.

9. Mourning Clothes: Clothing that is often black,  and worn for funerals, and mourning periods.

10. Mesh: A material made of flexible metal linked together to form types of garments or other fabric types of uses.

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Clothing

June Fashion Terms to Know

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It’s time for the monthly article I write on Fashion Terms.  Some of these terms as common place others are obscure.  I hope you enjoy a little jaunt into the world of clothing.  Here are ten terms to know this month.

  1. Baseball Cap:  A cap that has a dome shaped top.  It can be a solid color or multi colored dome.  It can also be made of different fabrics, but usually nylon.  Has an adjustable headband.
  2. Davy Crockett Cap:  A head covering made out of racoon fur with the tail of the racoon attached to the backside of the cap and laying down along the neck.  Worn in Colonial America and re-popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Named for famous early American Davy Crockett who died at the Alamo.
  3. Chevron: A design which has two straight lines that meet to form an inverted V. These V shapes are worn on the sleeves of uniforms for the military, police and fire.
  4. Couture: Comes from the French and is used to describe a style of fashion which is the ultimate in fabric, construction, and design.  These clothes are shown twice a year and sold to a very limited audience due to extremely high cost.
  5. Androgynous: Someone or something possessing male and female characteristics.
  6. Mantilla: A shawl or veil worn by Spanish women made of lace and worn for special occasions.  Maybe worn over a high comb.
  7. Natural Fibers: Fibers that are from animals, plants or mineral origins.  Different from those that are made of chemicals (manmade).
  8. Organza:  A light fabric which is transparent and stiff. It is made of rayon or silk yarns. Can be crushed buy also it is easy to press into shape.  Often used for dresses, millinery, and trim.
  9. Parachute pants: A straight legged pant with a zipper from the hem up the leg to make it fit to the ankles securely. It has three zipped pockets on each leg and another at the waist.
  10. Signet Ring: A ring with a large stone or piece of glass cut into a pattern that represents a single person or family.  Used to make impression in wax seals.

Stop by next month for another installment.