Fashion Glossary

Palazzo

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Palazzo styles can be found on bottoms

These versatile trousers, with extra wide flare, are often mistaken for a skirt and are available in a variety of styles that range from casual to evening. Also called gaucho.

Panama hat

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A straw hat originating from Ecuador, featuring a vertical crease in the crown. This brimmed hat is a perfect summer staple.

Parka

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Parka styles can be found on coats and jackets

A padded, hooded, anorak style coat initially worn by the 1960s Mods. Often fur trims the hood. Popular in shades of green, navy and brown.

Pashmina

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A standard, rectangular scarf or shawl made out of fine cashmere.

Pattern around shoulders

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A pattern at the shoulders which is in contrast to a plain garment.

Pattern at bust

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A pattern at the bust which is in contrast to a plain garment.

Pea coat

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Pea coat styles can be found on coats

This is a hip-length jacket with a wide-notch collar featuring a double-breasted closure, in which one flap of fabric completely crosses over another and attaches with a double row of buttons on the front of the coat.

Peep hole

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A small cut-away detail from the top of the breast bone (can be lower or higher) to the collar bone, breaking up a high neckline.

Peep hole neckline

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Peep hole neckline necklines can be found on dresses, tops, jumpers, and jumpsuits

A small cut-away detail from the top collar bone to the breast bone (can be lower or higher), breaking up a high neckline.

Peep shoulder

Peep shoulder sleeve styles can be found on cardigans and jumpers

Sleeves cut to reveal a small section of the shoulder.

Peg leg

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Peg leg styles can be found on bottoms

A style of trousers with a relaxed fit at the hips becoming tapered at the ankle. Also called carrot.

Pencil

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Pencil styles can be found on skirts

Most often worn with suit jackets or as professional attire. The cut of this skirt runs straight from hip to hem and is hemmed just above, at, or just below the knee.

Pencil leg

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This is a narrow, extremely slim fit jean tapering in the leg.

Pencil skirt

A slim-fitting skirt with a straight narrow cut.

Pendant necklace

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A necklace with a loose hanging charm or ornament attached by a small loop.

Peplum detail

An extra piece of fabric that flares out over the hips like a small skirt.

Peplum skirt

A fitted skirt with an extra piece of fabric that flares out from the waistband or hips.

Peplum waist detail

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Peplum waist detail waist details can be found on dresses, skirts, tops, and jumpsuits

An extra piece of fabric that flares out over the waist like a small skirt.

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Pillbox hat

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Historically used in the military, the pillbox is a small hat with a flat crown and straight, vertical sides. There is no brim.

Pin brooch

An ornamental piece of jewellery designed to attach to the wearer's clothing and hold the garment together. A simple pin shape with a decorative head.

Pintuck bib detail

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An oval piece of fabric shaped like a bib. Made of very fine, structured box pleats.

Pintuck detail

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Very fine, structured box pleats.

Pintucks

Very fine, structured box pleats defining the waist.

Plaited/ woven belt

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Interlaced leather or cord bands forming one belt.

Plaque belt

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A belt with a metal plaque buckle.

Playsuits

Playsuits styles can be found on bottoms

A cute one piece garment with shorts. They have either sleeves or can be strapless.

Pleat dart detail

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Pleated stitches at the shoulders.

Pleat faux wrap waist

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A faux wrap waist with pleat detail.

Pleat front

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A pleat detail at the front of the waistband.

Pleat skirt detail

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A skirt that is pleated whether it is box pleats, knife pleats, draped pleats, etc.

Pleated

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Pleated styles can be found on skirts

Though there are varied types of pleated skirts, the general style features permanent vertical folds in the fabric

Pleated waist

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Pleated waist waist details can be found on dresses, skirts, tops, and jumpsuits

The entire waist area is pleated.

Pleats at bust

Folds in the fabric at the bust.

Pockets at hip

Pockets attached to a garment at the hip area.

Pockets at the sides

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Pockets at the sides pocket details can be found on jeans, bottoms, and shorts

Pockets attached to the sides of a jeans' trouser legs.

Polo shirt

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Polo shirt styles can be found on tops

Also known as a golf shirt and tennis shirt - a T-shaped shirt with a collar, typically a two- or three-button placket and an optional pocket.

Poncho

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Poncho styles can be found on coats

Traditionally a circular piece of fabric with a hole cut away for the head. Acts as a cape/jacket and is more often knitted with tassels.

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Poncho styles can be found on jumpers

A blanket-like jumper with a hole in the centre for the head.

Pork pie hat

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A hat made of straw or felt which has a narrow, curved brim and a low, flat crown. Named due to its resemblance to the pork pie dish.

Pouch bag

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A bag with small compartments, very useful when travelling.

Precious ring

A ring which is adorned with precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires.

Princess

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Princess styles can be found on coats

The seams on this coat are curved. It has form-fitting seams running down the right and left sides of the coat mimicking the hourglass shape.

Prom dress

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Prom dress styles can be found on dresses

The top of the dress is a fitted bodice with a full skirt.

Prom style

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Prom style styles can be found on skirts

Gentle and natural folds in the skirt forming a very full A-line.

Puff ball skirt detail

A skirt that extends out and then folds over at the hem to form a bubble shape.

Puffa

Puffa styles can be found on jackets

A trademark for a short quilted coat. Usually made of nylon or a similar synthetic material and very bulky in appearance

Puffed shoulder detail

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An extended detail at the shoulder that fluffs up like a cloud.

Puppytooth check

Puppytooth check is a very small version of Houndstooth check. It is a two-tone pattern, characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white although other colours are used.

Pussy bow

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Pussy bow necklines can be found on dresses, tops, cardigans, jumpers, and jumpsuits

A large bow detail that more often ties around the neck. It can also be added as a detail to the waist and wrist.

Pussy bow neckline

A large bow detail that more often ties around the neck. It can also be added as a detail to the waist and wrist.

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