Fashion Glossary

Back cowl

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Back cowl back details can be found on dresses, tops, cardigans, jumpers, and jumpsuits

This back detail has loose-fitting, extra fabric that drapes naturally down the back. It can be either high or open to reveal more skin.

Back cross over

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Straps that cross over the back to form an "X".

Back flap pockets

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Pockets on the back of jeans that have a flat flap that folds over them.

Back sports

A back detail that takes the shape of a T-bar to offer maximum support to the wearer.

Back tie

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A belt detail that ties at the back of a garment.

Back zipper

A zipper fastening that runs down the back of a garment - either all or part of the way.

Baggy

Baggy styles can be found on jeans

Relaxed/loose fit, low rise jeans which are straight legged.

Bakerboy cap

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A rounder, fuller version of the standard cap, a Bakerboy has a stiff peak and is paneled with a button on the top. Also known as a newsboy cap.

Ballerinas/pumps

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Shoe with a flat heel originally worn by ballet dancers.

Ballgown

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Ballgown styles can be found on dresses

Characterised by a very full skirt that begins at the waist and continues to a formal length. The skirt waist is seamed and can be of various styles. Very formal.

Band at hip

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Band at hip hip details can be found on jackets, coats, jumpsuits, and shorts

A wide or narrow band detail that sits at the hip.

Band ring

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A simple, solid band worn around the finger.

Bangle

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A piece of jewellery for the wrist that is solid in form. They are usually made from wood, plastic,or metal.

Baseball

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Baseball styles can be found on jackets

An athletic jacket, usually a waist-length style with knit collar, cuffs and waistband. It may feature a zip or snap front.

Basic piece

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A functional piece of clothing, such as a simple plain t-shirt, a neutral white shirt or plain jumper, which forms the core of an every day wardrobe.

Batwing

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Batwing sleeve styles can be found on dresses, jackets, tops, cardigans, jumpers, coats, and jumpsuits

Long, wide sleeve shape made from a large triangular piece of fabric from the shoulder to the wrist, falling in the shape of a batwing then joining wrist to waist.

Beanie

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A knitted, woolen hat which hugs the head. It is brimless and often hangs loose at the back.

Bell sleeve

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Bell sleeve sleeve styles can be found on dresses, jackets, tops, cardigans, jumpers, coats, and jumpsuits

A long sleeve fitted from the shoulder to the elbow and gently flared from the elbow to the wrist, in the shape of a bell.

Below the bottom

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Below the bottom lengths can be found on coats, jackets, tops, cardigans, and jumpers

The hem of this falls just beneath the bottom, covering it.

Belted

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Belted styles can be found on cardigans

A cardigan with a waist belt.

Belted jacket

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Belted jacket styles can be found on jackets

A jacket with a belt sitting on the waist or just above the hips.

Belted waist

A waist accentuated by a belt.

Beret

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Often associated with the French, this hat is soft and round with a flat crown. It is usually knitted or made of felt, and can be shaped in a variety of ways.

Bias

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Bias fits can be found on dresses, jumpsuits, and skirts

An item of clothing where the fabric has been cut on the "bias" or diagonally to make the best use of the fabric's stretch. The effect is to accentuate body lines and curves and drape softly. Favoured by designers through the ages from Vionnet and Galliano.

Bias cut

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Bias cut styles can be found on skirts

An item of clothing where the fabric has been cut on the "bias" or diagonally to make the best use of the fabric's stretch. The effect is to accentuate body lines and curves and drape softly. Favoured by designers through the ages from Vionnet and Galliano.

Bib necklace

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A item of jewellery worn around the neck, which sits wider at the base and tapers up towards the back fastening.

Biker

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Biker styles can be found on jackets

A short leather jacket with a front zipper, similar in style to jackets worn by motorcyclists. Made famous by Marlon Brand in the Wild Ones and regularly given a fashion make-over by the likes of Burberry and Balmain.

Biker boots

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Originally worn by motorcycle riders, biker boots are made of heavy leather and have short heels.

Blazer collar

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Blazer collar collars can be found on jackets and coats

A wing shaped collar, often with a triangular notch on it, found on a blazer.

Blouse

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Blouse styles can be found on tops

Soft, fluid shirt often with feminine details .

Blouson

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Blouson styles can be found on dresses

A dress drawn tight at the waist with blousing fabric over the waistband.

Bobble hat

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Similar to the beanie, this knitted winter hat hugs the head. It has a pom-pom attached at the crown.

Body shape

The natural silhouette of the body. Each person has a unique body shape and it is almost impossible to categorise people into a group (i.e. apple, pear, column, etc.). A stylist will dress someone to balance their hip to shoulder proportions, their upper torso to leg proportions, create definition at the waist and to draw the eye away from certain parts of the body to more flattering parts.

Body skimming

Body skimming fits can be found on bottoms

Like a cigarette pant. Trousers that are tailored to skim the natural shape of the body.

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Body skimming fits can be found on dresses and jumpsuits

Fabric is close fitting, showing all the natural silhouette of the body.

Body-skimming

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Body-skimming fits can be found on skirts

Fabric that is tailored to skim the natural shape of the body.

Bodycon

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Bodycon styles can be found on dresses

Meaning body conscious; an especially tightly fitted style of dress. This style was made highly desirable thanks to Azzedine Alaia and Herve Leger.

Bolero/shrug

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Bolero/shrug styles can be found on cardigans and jackets

This is a light, extremely cropped jacket meant to be worn open. The styles are varied enough so some can be paired with a dressy evening gown- others with a casual top. Also known as a shrug.

Bomber

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Bomber styles can be found on jackets

Waist length, cropped jacket with a rounded or puffed out body. The full sleeves are elasticated at the wrist. This jacket is sporty looking often with a front zip fastening. Inspired by flight jackets originally created for pilots.

Bootcut

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Bootcut styles can be found on jeans and bottoms

Legs run straight from the hip to the knee, then flare slightly from the knee to the ankle.

Bow at bust

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A bow detail embellishment on the bust line.

Bow on shoulder

A bow detail embellishment, large or small, attached to either one of both shoulders on a garment.

Bowling bag

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Traditionally used to carry bowling balls, shoes and equipment, the bowling bag is great vintage-chic item.

Boxy

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Boxy styles can be found on jackets

This is a structured cut jacket that falls in a straight box shape.

Boyfriend

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Boyfriend styles can be found on jackets

Loose fitting, oversized jacket. As if you are wearing a man's jacket!

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Boyfriend styles can be found on jeans

This is a style that is fitted at the bottom and loose or baggy in the leg.

Boyfriend watch

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An oversized masculine style watch which has become a big trend and is a little more edgy.

Briefcase

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A rectangular bag usually made of leather used mostly to carry books and papers. Great handbag choice for smart-chic styling.

Brimmed hat

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This hat has a piece of stiff material running around the circumference of the hat, at the bottom of the crown.

Brogues

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Flat heeled laced shoes with ornamental perforations.

Buckle bracelet

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An article of jewellery worn around the wrist, which features a belt-style buckle fastening.

Bust measurement

Bust measurement is used to calculate your body shape. Stand naturally with your feet close together. Bring the tape all the way around your back and around to the front, placing it around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure you don’t breath in. Be sure the tape is in a straight, even line across both your back and across the bust.
Tip: Measure in your underwear, if possible. Don’t let the tape measure slouch at the back - it should follow the back of your bra strap.

Button detail

Button embellishment on the back of a garment.

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