Fashion Glossary

A-line

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A-line styles can be found on dresses

This dress steadily tapers out from the waist to the hem in strong, straight lines, revealing a silhouette like the edges of a capital letter A.

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A-line styles can be found on jumpers

This is a jumper that flares out slightly in the shape of an 'A' or A-line.

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A-line styles can be found on skirts

This skirt steadily tapers out from the waist to the hem in strong, straight lines, revealing a silhouette like the edges of a capital letter A.

Above the knee

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Above the knee lengths can be found on jackets

This length falls just above the knee - so that the knees are on display.

Accentuated waist

An accentuated waist detail is one which sculpts and shapes the waist, drawing attention to it.

Angel (long)

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Angel (long) sleeve styles can be found on dresses, tops, and jumpsuits

Long, loose flowing sleeves which often begin at the shoulder and end at the wrist. They are very wide and form the shape of an angel 'wing'.

Argyll check

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Argyll check patterns can be found on tops, dresses, skirts, jackets, cardigans, coats, jeans, jumpers, bottoms, and jumpsuits

An Argyll check is a pattern made of diamonds in a diagonal form. The pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll, in West Scotland and was popularised by Pringle of Scotland.

Armery gloves

Gloves that act as sleeves but do not connect to clothing. They start at the wrist and finish at the shoulder.

Asymmetric

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Asymmetric necklines can be found on dresses, tops, and jumpsuits

A neckline that is cut on a diagonal.

Asymmetric (hem)

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Asymmetric (hem) styles can be found on dresses and skirts

The hem of the skirt is cut on a diagonal.

Asymmetric (top)

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Asymmetric (top) styles can be found on dresses

Has an asymmetric feature either in the neckline or sleeve.

Asymmetric biker

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Asymmetric biker collars can be found on jackets and coats

A collar cut on a diagonal, usually featuring a zip fastening.

Asymmetric hem on sides

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Asymmetric hem on sides hip details can be found on jackets, coats, jumpers, and cardigans

An asymmetric hem is one which is cut on the diagonal so it is uneven.

Asymmetric shoulder

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Asymmetric shoulder necklines can be found on jumpsuits

The neckline of this cardigan is cut on a diagonal.

Asymmetric sleeve

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Asymmetric sleeve sleeve styles can be found on cardigans, dresses, jumpers, tops, and jumpsuits

Sleeve covering only one arm which may be long or short in length.

Aviator

Aviator styles can be found on jackets

A classic jacket with an illustrious pedigree, from the days of the Spitfire through to numerous Hollywood blockbusters. Normally leather, with tight, front-zippered closures, and extended sheepskin high wrap collars, the well thought-out design ensured as little wind as possible got into the jackets while military pilots were in flight.

Aviator sunglasses

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These sunglasses have a thin metal frame with oversized teardrop lenses and a bar running along the top. They were first worn by U.S military pilots, and have since become increasingly popular in the fashion world.

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