Fashion Glossary

Earmuffs

Designed to protect the wearer's ears, earmuffs have a plastic band that fits over the top of the head, and two pads at either side that cover the ears. They are often covered with fur.

Elasticated band

A band at the hips that is elasticated.

Elasticated belt

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An elasticated and expandable wide waist belt.

Embellished bust detail

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Embellished bust detail bust details can be found on dresses, jackets, tops, cardigans, jumpers, coats, and jumpsuits

Anything that is sewn on to the fabric creating an extra aesthetic detail such as beads, sequins, crystals, buttons, embroidery, zips to name a few.

Embellished shoulder detail

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Anything that is sewn on to the fabric creating an extra aesthetic detail such as beads, sequins, crystals, buttons, embroidery, zips to name a few.

Embellished waist band

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Embellished waist band waist details can be found on dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, jumpsuits, and shorts

Anything that is sewn on to the fabric creating an extra aesthetic detail such as beads, sequins, crystals, buttons, embroidery and zips to name a few.

Empire

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Empire fits can be found on dresses

An empire line is one where the bodice of the garment hugs and gathers just below the bust line tapering out to the hem, as if from a very high waist. The word Empire refers to the First French Empire under Napoleon I. A style synonymous with Jane Austen heroines!

Empire styles can be found on tops and jumpers

An empire line is one where the bodice of the garment hugs and gathers just below the bust line tapering out to the hem, as if from a very high waist. The word Empire refers to the First French Empire under Napoleon I. A style synonymous with Jane Austen heroines!

Empire line

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Empire line styles can be found on dresses

An empire line is one where the bodice of the garment hugs and gathers just below the bust line tapering out to the hem, as if from a very high waist. The word Empire refers to the First French Empire under Napoleon I. A style synonymous with Jane Austen heroines!

Ethical fashion

Fashion with a conscience, whether it is Fairtrade or organic products that focus on social and environmental sustainability.

Evening glove

A formal glove that finishes beyond the elbow. Also known as an Opera glove.

Exposed seams

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This is where the stitching that holds two or more pieces of fabric together (the seam) is exposed, drawing attention to the shoulder area.

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