My A-Z Fashion Terminology Guide!

Hello everyone! Today, I have prepared another resource post:) I really find these helpful for myself to easily go back to when I need some quick info on a certain topic, and I really hope that it helps you all as well:) This time, I have made a simple little fashion terminology post, some words much simpler than others but still good to remember. So, whether you are interested in breaking into the fashion industry, (just like I wish as well!) or just want to review some terms, here’s 1 for each letter 😀 A-Z:


A is for Appliqué
Like Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2014 Couture collection, appliqué is used mainly to cover a rather sheer fabric with ornamented needlework or lace. They’re sewn onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns. It is perfect for this dress above, as the lace covers a see-through dress: this is appliqué:)

B if for Brocade
Just like Balmain’s Fall 2010 Ready To Wear, brocade is
a fabric (usually silk) woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread. In this case, gold:)

C is for Croqius
Croqius’ are quick templates or rough drafts in the fashion world. They are very helpful when it comes to brainstorming a future collection etc., when you already have a template ready to design on, rather than having to draw a model yourself!


D is for Du Jour
Du Jour simply means current, fashionable, or popular in French. (However, it can also have a different meaning in France: prepared for a given day and on schedule)

E is for Epaulets
Epaulets are ornamental shoulder pieces on an item of clothing, typically on the coat or jacket of a military uniform.

F is for Faux Pas
Also in French, this word can simply mean: a social blunder, and embarrassing blunder in etiquette or conduct. At the same time, the fashion industry uses this word when describing a fashion Don’t or a simple clothing mistake. Example being: gym shoes with business pants, or quite simply…socks with sandals…ew…


G is for Grunge
On it’s own, grunge could be characterized as being a style of rock music. Pertaining it to fashion however, this music style also has their own fashion sense. The “I don’t care” look, the punk attire. This can range from flannel, ripped jeans, band tee shirts and beanies. Oh, and lots and lots of layering!

H is for Haute Couture
Couture is the designing and making of high-quality fashionable clothes by leading fashion houses, especially to order. They are expensive, valuable and each piece is unique in their own way. It’s an art, and because of this: this part of the industry tends to be more off on its own… catering to elite and wealthy society.

I is for Iridescent Fabric
This fabric is used to create an effect that show luminous colors that seemingly change when seen from different angles. This is usually done with light and airy sheer fabrics, however can be in some instances in thicker more ready-to-wear versions like the Cynthia Rowley dress shown above. Other words that can describe this effect can be opalescent or nacreous.


J is for Jouy Print
Date: circa 1920
Jouy Print is an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color on a light ground with a usually light blue scene depicting small little scenes of life in France during this time period:) My “Free bag with subscription of Elle magazine!” Has this print and I just noticed it…. :p

K is for Kitsch
This word is mainly used in negative connotation when fashion or design is considered to be in poor taste because of excessiveness or sentimentality, (maybe even perceived as tacky), but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

L is for Lookbook
For fashion bloggers like us, it is quite natural that when we hear Lookbook, we either think of our own lookbooks and ootd’s. However, in a more professional sense in the fashion industry, this word is used to describe the set of photographs displaying a fashion designer’s new collection (assembled for marketing purposes.)


M is for Modish
When you hear this word, it simply means to conform to, or following what is currently popular and fashionable. Basically, it’s another way to say trendy:)

N is for Normcore
It’s quite a bland anti-style. A quiet movement. A wave to everyone out there that dresses like Steve Jobs or Seinfeld. I wrote a post all about Normcore HERE, if you’re interested:)

O is for Ostentatious
When you are talking about fashion, it means to purposely design a clothing item or accessory to draw attention to yourself. This is used as a negative term, as people who are “ostentatious” are just looking for attention:D


P is for Pret-a-porter
Pret-A-Porter is Ready-to-Wear in French:)

Q is for Quarter
No, not the coin! In fashion, a quarter is actually referring to the back part of a high heel! A quarter can also mean a “fat quarter” widely used for small sewing projects and samples for clothing designs:)

R is for Riser
This word is used to describe the higher seats in a fashion show. These are used by photographers for magazines and blogs etc. to take a more professional photo as models walk down the runway. These are the most fought-for seats during fashion week!


S is for Sartorial
The definition of sartorial relates to clothing, or tailored fashion. When someone dresses in high fashion clothing, this is an example of a situation where sartorial fashion would be used to describe their style of dress.

T is for Tear-sheet
A tear sheet is an Advertisement cut from a newspaper or magazine and sent to the advertiser as proof of insertion. This can also mean, a sheet that can easily be torn out from a fashion magazine for a quick resource or a Moodboard collage editorial:)

U is for Unitard
A Unitard is a tight-fitting one-piece garment of stretchable fabric that covers the body from the neck to the knees or feet. (Who wears these and why? Like seriously whee would you go with one of these?!)


V is for Vogue
So, I couldn’t think of anything for V that wasn’t too obvious or irrelevant to this post. Instead of leaving this letter blank, I chose Vogue:) Definition? Best fashion magazine in the world:D Vogue also means “in style” or up to date in fashion:)

W is for Welt Pockets
According to google define, welt pockets are welt pockets are “Pockets whose opening is adorned and reinforced by one or two thin strips. patch pocket.” Basically they’re just for decoration purposes only, and aren’t actually pockets…these are the originals trolls you guys!

X is for X-Ray Fabric
This fabric is very lightweight and a bit see-through in daylight. Some actually give an illusion of an X-Ray with black and white stripes, while others are simply translucent:)


Y is for Yoke
A yoke is a shaped pattern piece which forms part of a garment, usually fitting around the neck and shoulders, or around the hips to provide support for looser parts of the garment. (such as a gathered skirt or the body of a shirt.)

Z is for Zardosi
Zardozi is an embroidery colored with metal, which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India! It was also used to adorn walls of the royal tents, scabbards, wall hangings and the paraphernalia of regal elephants and horses. :p

Ooohkaaayy! So that was my little A through Z list:) Was it helpful? Well, I really hope it was, and maybe you learned a couple of new words? 🙂 If you liked this little resource post, share, like and don’t forget to comment!
This post, comment down below some words that could add to this post! What are some fashion terms I didn’t list? I would love to hear!



6 thoughts on “My A-Z Fashion Terminology Guide!

  1. Oh-My-God…One of the best fashion related posts I ve read so far. I love the efforts you have taken…I mean this is tough as hell. I learnt so many new words – Croquis, Epaulets, Juoy Print, Pret-a-porter, yoke! Thank you so many.
    And Indian Zardosi..yayyy!! 😀


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