Fashion Glossary

Saddle bag

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The name comes from bags carried on horse saddles, usually a pair of bags - one on each side of the horse. A saddle bag has one long strap and a big opening.

Saddle bags

Slang for unsightly pockets of fat on the side of the thighs.

Satchel

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A rectangular bag usually made of leather or cloth with one long strap commonly used to carry school books.

Sateen

Sateen material textures

A type of fabric weave that produces a smooth, glossy, lustrous surface. This construction is often used to add shine to fibres like cotton and silk.

Satin

Satin material textures

A fabric that has a glossy surface and a dull back.

Scarf detail off one shoulder

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A scarf embellishment on one shoulder.

Scoop

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

A low, u-shaped or round neckline.

Scoop neck

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Scoop neck necklines can be found on cardigans and jumpers

A low, u-shaped or round neckline.

Sculpting darts at bust

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Structured darts at the bust that sculpt definition.

Seamed at bust

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Structured joins in the fabric at the bust which create definition.

Seaming

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Structured joins in the fabric at the bust which create definition.

Seams/darting at waist

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Structured lines (either darts or seams) in the fabric at the waist that create definition.

Sequins at shoulder

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Disc shaped, bead embellishment at the shoulder.

Shawl

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Shawl necklines can be found on tops, cardigans, jumpers, jackets, and coats

A one-piece collar which is turned down to form a continuous line around the back of the neck to the front.

Shawl collar

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A one-piece collar which is turned down to form a continuous line around the back of the neck to the front.

Sheer at bust

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Sheer at bust bust details can be found on dresses, tops, jumpers, and jumpsuits

Fabric that is semi-transparent at the bust.

Shift

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Shift styles can be found on dresses

Instead of using a separate piece of fabric for the collar this style features one continuous piece of fabric that folds over at the neck in one elegant line.

Shirt

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Shirt styles can be found on dresses

A dress cut similar to a man's shirt. Long or short sleeve with collar, front opening and buttons down the front.

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Shirt styles can be found on tops

Long or short sleeve top with a collar and a front opening.

Short shorts

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Short shorts lengths can be found on jumpsuits

Hem ends just underneath the buttocks.

Short skinny scarf

A short, narrow scarf worn around the neck for decoration, and can be tied if required.

Shorts

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Shorts styles can be found on bottoms

Essentially short trousers. Hem length is above the knee or higher.

Shoulder bag

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A bag hung from the shoulder by a strap.

Shoulder measurement

The width of the shoulders, measured by holding the tape at the widest part of your left shoulder, about an inch below the tip, and measuring all the way around your shoulders, circling your front and back. This measurement is used to calculate your body shape

Side buckle detail

A buckle fastening at the side of the hips.

Side loops

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A loop detail (for a belt) that sits on the side of the hips.

Signet ring

An emblematic ring traditionally used to seal documents, and often bearing a coat of arms.

Silhouette

Another term for body shape.

Single breasted

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Single breasted styles can be found on coats

Outerwear where the closing has a narrow overlap and is fastened down the front with a single row of buttons.

Single breasted blazer

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Single breasted blazer styles can be found on jackets

A single breasted jacket closely related to a suit jacket. Generally, it differs from a suit jacket in that the buttons are usually metallic and the outer material generally more durable.

Single button fastening

A garment fastened by a single button.

Size Finder

Size Finder calculates your correct sizes in each clothing type for each brand - hopefully solving the issue of never having to buy or try on the wrong size again (see Vanity Sizing).

Skinny leg

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Skinny leg styles can be found on jeans

Tight-fitting through the waist, hips and thighs and tapers down the leg hugging the calves and ankles. Also called drainpipe or pencil leg.

Skinny leg trousers

Skinny leg trousers styles can be found on bottoms

These style of trousers are tight-fitting through the waist, hips and thighs then taper down hugging the calves and ankles.

Skorts

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Skorts styles can be found on skirts

This garment resembles a pair of shorts from the back and a skirt from the front.

Slash/boat neck

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Slash/boat neck necklines can be found on dresses, tops, jumpers, and jumpsuits

A wide neckline that extends horizontally from the top of one shoulder to the other running straight across the collar bones.

Sleeveless

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Sleeveless styles can be found on cardigans

A sleeveless knitted garment which opens down the full length of the front.

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

These end under the armpit where the sleeves would usually be joined to the body of the garment.

Slides

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Sandals with open toe and back.

Slightly fitted

Soft tailoring that reveal hints of the natural waistline.

Slim fit

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Slim fit fits can be found on bottoms

Well fitted to the legs, marked by a neat fit with trim lines and a clean and formal or severe look.

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Slim fit fits can be found on jackets and coats

Fitted to the body allowing the natural shape to be visible.

Slim legged

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Slim legged styles can be found on bottoms

Well fitted to the legs, marked by a neat fit with trim lines and a clean and formal or severe look.

Slim waist band

A narrow waistband detail.

Slingbacks

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Shoe with strap that wraps around the back part of the foot.

Slip dress

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Slip dress styles can be found on dresses

Originally worn as a sleep garment or undergarment, this dress - usually made of very lightweight fabrics such as silk, satin, or thin cotton- has spaghetti straps and a low-cut neckline and can be 'slipped' on and off over the head.

Slouch

Slouch styles can be found on bottoms

Trousers with a low loose crotch.

Slouch front pockets

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Loose, unstructured pockets.

Small back pockets

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Small back pockets pocket details can be found on jeans, bottoms, and shorts

Small pockets that sit in the middle of the bottom.

Small brimmed hat

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

Small square scarf

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Exactly what it says on the tin. This scarf is a small square shape, and can be folded and worn any way you like.

Smock

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Smock styles can be found on dresses

A lightweight, loosely fitting dress which disguises the natural contours of the body.

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Smock styles can be found on tops

A lightweight, loosely fitting top.

Smocking detail

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An embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch.

Snood

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A tubular neck scarf which slips over the head and does not have an opening. Historically a type of European headgear.

Soft A-line

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Soft A-line fits can be found on dresses

The skirt of this dress will be in a soft, fluid fabric so that it falls in an unstructured A-line shape.

This skirt will be in a soft fluid fabric so that it falls from the waist in an unstructured A-line shape.

Soft pleated shoulders

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Unstructured pleats at the shoulders.

Spaghetti straps

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Spaghetti straps sleeve styles can be found on dresses, tops, and jumpsuits

Very narrow straps used to support clothing, usually a vest, camisole or lightweight dress. Also called camisole straps.

Sportswatch

A sporty style watch which is usually water and shock resistance, and more robust. They are large and chunky and have a digital display.

Square cut

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Square cut styles can be found on jumpers

A jumper that is square cut and boxy.

Square sunglasses

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Sunglasses with a square frame that are often oversized. These are an early variant of the ever-popular bug-eye glasses, and first became popular in the mid-70s.

Standard

Standard fits can be found on bottoms

Hem ends just below the ankle. Also called regular.

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Standard styles can be found on cardigans

A knitted garment which opens down the full length of the front.

Standard (belthooks)

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Standard (belthooks) lengths can be found on coats

Falls just where the belt would naturally sit.

Standard biker

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Standard biker collars can be found on jackets and coats

A regular or classic biker collar.

Standard boots

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Sturdy footwear covering foot and ankle.

Standard break collar

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Standard break collar collars can be found on jackets and coats

A regular or classic collar.

Standard fit

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A regular fit.

Standard gloves

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A short glove which has individual covers for each finger.

Standard necklace

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An article of jewellery of various lengths worn around the neck. This will have only one strand and is likely to be made from chain links.

Standard sandals

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Shoe with straps that connect the sole to the foot.

Standard scarf

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A simple rectangular piece of fabric worn around the neck, usually for decoration or protection from the cold.

Standard vest straps

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Standard vest straps sleeve styles can be found on dresses, tops, and jumpsuits

Straps resting on the shoulders are approximately 3-5 cm wide.

Standard waist

The waistband sits precisely on the waist.

Star piece

A fabulous, must buy item of clothing that ticks all the boxes for every component of a Fashion Fingerprint (shape, style, colour, budget, brand etc.).

Straight

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Straight styles can be found on skirts

Fabric that falls in a straight, loose line from the waistband.

Straight cut

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Straight cut fits can be found on dresses and jumpsuits

Fabric is fitted at the larger proportions of the body (waist definition would not be visible).

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The skirt is cut straight and therefore not body-conscious.

Straight cut (boxy)

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Straight cut (boxy) fits can be found on jackets and coats

This jacket is cut in a straight, loose line that does not tailor itself to the body.

Straight leg

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Straight leg styles can be found on jeans

Trousers that run straight from the hip to the knee then straight from the knee to the ankle with no taper or flare. Also called cigarette leg.

Straight legged trousers

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Straight legged trousers styles can be found on bottoms

A trouser that falls straight down in the thigh and the leg.

Straight skirt

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A straight cut skirt that does not cling to the hips.

Strapless

Strapless styles can be found on dresses

This garment has no straps running over the shoulders or arms, thus creating a horizontal or a sweetheart neckline.

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Strapless sleeve styles can be found on dresses, tops, and jumpsuits

No material covers the shoulders (they are left bare).

Strappy sandals

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Sandals with multiple straps.

Stretch velvet

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Stretch velvet material textures

Velvet mixed with elastene.

Structured bag

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A bag that holds it shape.

Stud earring

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An earring that is fastened through a pierced hole in the wearer's earlobe, and does not have a pendant.

Studs at shoulder

Stud embellishment at the shoulders.

Style icon

A person who embodies a certain flare for fashion and whose style is emulated, such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie ‘O, Alexa Chung or Kate Moss.

Style profile

A person’s unique style preferences and fashion looks.

Stylist

Dressipi's fashion experts - and a general term for people who are trained and understand how to dress people to balance out their body shape and draw attention to their assets.

Sundress

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Sundress styles can be found on dresses

A light sleeveless summer dress with a low bodice that exposes the shoulders, back and arms to the sun.

Sunhat

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Ranging from a small to large brim, the sunhat protects the face and shoulders from the suns rays.

Sweat top

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Sweat top styles can be found on tops

A sporty style jersey top often made of fleece and sometimes with a zip front.

Sweetheart

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

A graceful, open yoke shaped like the top half of a heart. It meets in the centre of the bust line.

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