As we obey the federal government and stay home this extra 14days, we decided to give some insights on the basics of fashion. Just like any other topic, Fashion has history, guidelines, terminologies, etc that govern it. Sometimes reading through a fashion article can be tedious because you don’t understand half of what’s written and you can’t start scouring through the dictionary at the sight of a new word so we decided to create this listicle. 

There are obviously more words than this but we promise you’ll not find a listicle as comprehensive as this. These are words for fresh fashion enthusiasts to learn and understand and will make reading and possibly writing fashion articles or copies super easy for you.


These are people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to fashion, art, lifestyle or culture.

B – Bodice

These are article of clothing for women and girls, covering the body from the neck to the waist

C – Couture

This is the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements.

D – Décolletage 

These are used in women’s fashion referring to the upper part of a woman’s torso, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and upper chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing

E – Ensemble

This is used usually referred to an outfit complete with accessories, jewellery.

F – Fedora

A felt hat with a fairly low, creased crown with a brim that can be turned up or down.

G – Glove

 An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers.

H – High Fashion

This is typically used as a way of describing fashions that are trend-setting, unique, and highly exclusive. 

I – Imitation

This is used to describe a fake or copy ; usually used for describing a fake or less inferior piece

J – Jumpsuit

A garment incorporating trousers and a sleeved top in one piece, worn as a fashion item, protective garment, or uniform.

K – Knockoff

Clothing, footwear, or accessories that are made with the concept of deceiving the consumer into thinking that the product being sold is produced by a particular company or brand.  When in fact the product was not produced by that company or brand. 

L – Lining

This is an inner layer of fabric, fur, or other material inserted into clothing, hats, luggage, curtains, handbags and similar items. They add warmth to cold-weather wear and coverage for sheer items.

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M – Monotone

When an outfit consists of pieces of one color. This doesn’t mean that you would only wear solid black or solid red from head to toe. It’s one consistent colour in an entire outfit.

N – Neckline

This is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. 

O – Ombre

This is the gradual blending of one colour to another, generally moving from light to dark, or having colours or tones that shade into each other.

P – Pastel

These colours are defined by their high value and low saturation and every colour in the rainbow can be seen in the pastel colour selection. e.g light blue and pale pink. 

Q – Quilting

A technique where two or more layers of fabric, usually with light padding in between, are sewn together with lines of stitching.

R – Retro

This is a style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past like the 1980s and 1990s. 

S – Signature

This known as a consistent style that reflects your personality and the image you want to give off.

T – Theme

This refers to a concept behind a collection of clothes designed by fashion designers – usually they have a message or an attitude.

U – Urban Fashion

It is edgy and reflects lifestyle, attitudes and individuality. Unlike mainstream fashion, anything goes in the urban fashion world and designers are not pressured into conforming to trends

V – Vintage

This is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old that is also clearly representative of the era in which it was produced.

W – Western

This is a category of men’s and women’s clothing which derives its unique style from the clothes worn in the 19th century Wild West.

We will definitely be back with more words. Stay tuned

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