10 Common Fashion Terms and their Meaning

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December 2017

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If fashion jargon is something you don’t really understand, start here by learning these common words and terms that will up your game the next time you catch up with your fashionista friends.

Label

The term fashion label refers to upcoming designers who make ready-to-wear outfits in limited numbers. These outfits are high on style and are often expensive than regular store garments but lesser than established designer wear. The difference between a label and a brand is that the latter has been in business for longer and is already a known name.

Ensemble

A French word, ensemble has been oft-used by fashion designers and you surely must have heard or read it quite often. In fashion terms, ensemble is usually referred to an outfit complete with accessories, jewellery etc. The whole look is called an ensemble.

Silhouette

In fashion, a silhouette is essentially the basic shape or outline of an outfit. Some common silhouettes include A-line, straight, flared, asymmetrical, etc. Wearing the right silhouette according to your body type can work wonders for your frame.

Off-the-rack

There are designer and custom-made clothes, and then there are off-the-rack outfits that refer to clothing that is made in a large number and is readily available in stores. Off-the-rack also means readymade garments that made in standard sizes.

Hemline

Also referred to as the hem of an outfit, the hemline refers to the lower edge of a garment. It is termed long or short depending on its distance from the floor. A dress with a short hemline will expose your legs more while one with a floor-length hemline will barely show your feet.

In vogue

When something is said to be in vogue, it is means it is currently in trend or in style. If you keep up with fashion trends, you are likely to know what’s in vogue for a particular season.

Fashion-forward

There are styles that are not currently in trend but are so good that will become fashionable pretty soon. Fashion-forward also refers to people who have their fashion game right and know what will become a trend in the near future.

Monochrome

In fashion terms, monochrome refers to an outfit or look that is only black and white in colour. It can be paired with accessories as well of the same tone.

Peplum

This style became quite a rage in the last few years. It refers to a top or dress that has an outward flared or ruffled section around the waistline while the rest of it remains fitted.

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