Fashion vocabulary- Broadened by Ijenna Osuji

Fashion vocabulary- Broadened by Ijenna Osuji

Fashion vocabulary is ever changing so Ijenna of, came through with this guest post. I think it is very important to know these things if you love fashion.

Every industry has it’s jargon and the world of fashion is no different. I know you sometimes need explanation when I use some words in my posts like I did here. Also, I don’t want you to be like my boyfriend who just finally learnt “two piece”.

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As a blogger, I have to get more accustomed to the ever changing fashion vocabulary. We fashion people consider ourselves a “cool” sort so we  say a lot of things like “yassss” and come with fashion terms but they would sometimes seem weird to the average person. However, there are some staples like “the A-line skirt”, “the boat neckline”, “turtle neck”, “exaggerated sleeves”, “off shoulder” that most people know. Mixed with these classics are some terms that people just coin. Even one like “Anna”. Yup, that’s * Anna Wintour being referred to as an adjective. Interesting isn’t it?

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Let’s start with some not-so-common fashion vocabulary

  • Batwing Sleeve– At first, this would probably sound weird, then you’d start to see the logic behind it. It’s a long/mid sleeve cut with deep armholes, almost to the waist and gives off a wing-like appearance when extended.
  • Avant Garde- Next is the Avante Garde. It basically means displaying ultra-modernism or an experimental style. The dictionary defines it as extremely innovative and pioneering. I think it’s a good way for artists to express themselves and think outside of the box but most times, I end up feeling creeped out but It can also be good for editorial shoots.
  • Smock- It is a design that involves gathering the fabric of the cloth in regularly spaced round tucks. The piece will look like it was pulled together while sewing.
  • Choker top/dress- Yes, you read that right. The choker top/dress gives the illusion that you’re wearing an off-shoulder top and a choker. To me, it’s basically a reverse halter top. I think I like this one.
  • Groutfit- This is so 2016 and Yes, you guessed it- wearing an all grey outfit. Groutfit. But seriously, who comes up with these things?

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Some Others Are-

  • Glitterati- This refers to the beautiful people, the popular crowd, shiny sets, and celebrities. You get the picture, yes?
  • Normcore- Now I like this. It’s simply a style of dressing that involves wearing basics and still looking cool because trends aren’t trendy anymore. I feel it’s a rebellious style because it literally means standing out by fitting in but this only works in a fashion-forward environment though.
  • Androgyny– According to this article, Androgynous fashion is aimed at avoiding stereotypes. Although, it can be as simple as females wearing t-shirts/jackets made for men. You can read more in the article linked.
  • Haute Couture– This means stylish and expensive outfits made by leading luxury brands. So if you see your street dressmaker going by this term, correct them LOL.
  • Fashion Faux Pas- This is a fashion mistake which can be a wrong top choice, or wrong shoes for an outfit. It can even exposure in an outfit that’s not fitting or the entire outfit is unflattering for the person wearing it.

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BONUS: How to pronounce some tricky fashion brand names.

Hermes: Air-mehz

Balmain: Bahl-mah

Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee

Christian louboutin: Kree-styan Loo-boo-tahn

Balenciaga: Bah-lin-see-ah-gah

Miu Miu: Mew-Mew

Yves Saint Laurent: Eve Sane Laur-ahn (definitely the trickiest to me)

And that’s it people!

What’s the weirdest/most unique fashion term you’ve ever heard? Mine would be chicken cutlets. I’ll leave you to find out what that means.

P.S I have edited this post and added some more fashion vocabulary with pictures too. I don’t want you getting lost when I use some of these in my posts. Also, you can sprinkle some of them while having fashion conversations.


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