Fashion Glossary

100% Elastane

100% Elastane fibres can be found on dresses, skirts, jackets, tops, cardigans, jeans, bottoms, jumpers, coats, jumpsuits, and shorts

Better known by the brand names Lycra and Spandex - Elastane fibre itself is a colourless crinkly looking yarn that has revolutionised the clothing industry and whose use now reaches far beyond the sportswear that first popularised it. When the tension is released the fibre will immediately return to the exact same shape and length it was before.

100% Nylon

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100% Nylon fibres can be found on dresses, skirts, jackets, tops, cardigans, jeans, bottoms, jumpers, coats, jumpsuits, and shorts

Nylon is a synthetic fabric made from petroleum, intended as a replacement for silk after silk became rare in the second world war. It was used in parachutes, tyres and most notably women's nylon stockings in the 1940s.

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