Fashion Terms You Need To Know

Fashion is a style of dress popular in a culture or as a fashion. Some argue that fashion is a style of dress that determines the appearance of an individual. Some English vocabulary is related to fashion or style. Let's look at the list below to decide which language is associated with the theme. Some of these terms are not uncommon to find if you often read or watch something related to fashion.

Haute Couture

Haute Couture is a fashion with a high level of fashion design. Not everyone has the privilege to wear it. Cultivating an Haute Couture is done manually, including all the details. Thousands of sequins, pearls, or feathers attached to Haute Couture are done manually. 


Avant-garde clothing is a fashion that breaks through conventional boundaries, creates its own shape, and is seen as eccentric and not applicable by ordinary people. In short, the avant-garde can be interpreted as a form of resistance to boundaries that are accepted as norms in a culture. One celebrity who is famous for this eccentric style is Lady Gaga. Her costume made of meat is controversial for most people.

Capsule Wardrobe

The term capsule wardrobe was first coined by a British boutique owner in the 1970s named Susie Faux. This term is intended for essential clothes that are timeless in terms of design, function, and construction, such as skirts, pants, and coats. Another purpose of the capsule wardrobe is so that you can look stylish just by mixing and matching clothes that are included in this capsule wardrobe list.


In the fashion world, in recent years, you have often heard the word 'edgy' when describing someone's style. Then what is meant by edgy? In simple terms, the edgy style of dress is something out of the box alias unusual.


Another Prêt-à-Porter name you may be more familiar with when you hear it is Ready To Wear (RTW). Most clothing collections in boutiques or retail are Ready To Wear clothing. This term is used to describe a collection of mass-produced labels available in various international standard sizes (such as S, M, L, XL, etc.) That is what Prêt-à-Porter meant.

The Style Editrix

The word editrix combines two words in English, namely Editor and Dominatrix. So, what is meant by Fashion Editrix is a woman who works as an editor of a dominant fashion magazine. Usually, those who get this nickname are senior leaders. A close example of a person nicknamed this term is the one and only Anna Wintour, who has served as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue USA magazine since 1988. If someone gets this nickname, his opinions regarding fashion and trends will usually be of particular concern to designers.

Fashion Du Jour

You must have guessed where this word came from. Du jour means of the day. So, it is pretty clear that what is meant by Fashion Du Jour is the style of dress that was becoming a trend at that time.

Fashion Faux Pas

The word faux pas in French means 'to deviate,' which can be used for customs or rules. Then, what is Fashion Faux Pas? In short, the meaning of the word in fashion is someone whose appearance does not match the trend at the time. Louis XIV first popularized this term in the 17th century. What a long-lived fashion term!


A-line: The shape, silhouette, or outline of a shirt (dress/blouse/skirt) that resembles the form of the letter A; narrow at the top, wide at the bottom. Introduced by designer Christian Dior in 1995, it became trendy in the 60-70s era. After sinking for two decades, the A-line dress came back in the early 2000s.

Faktory Outlet (FO)

Initially, this term refers to a store attached to a factory or warehouse, selling leftover products, products that are no longer produced, or defective products from the factory, which are directly offered to consumers at low prices. Recently, FO has mushroomed in various places and is being hunted by many people as a place to shop at low prices, even for branded products. 

Fashion Mavin

Terms or designations in the fashion industry for experts or people who are experts and very experienced in the fashion field.

Glen Plaid

Woven fabric that has large and small checkered patterns in the same color. Taken from the name of a valley in the Scottish city of Glen Urquhart valley.


Women's underwear is like a tight corset that shapes the body and reduces the waist while making the breasts fuller, usually sweetened with lace, ribbons, etc. In fashion development, the bustier inspired the emergence of a similar fashion as outerwear (not underwear).

Gem Cut

Gemstones that are processed by cutting, and polishing to achieve a specific shape, are enriched with light-reflecting facets, which make them sparkle.

Gigot Sleeves

The French term for arms that are wide and swollen from the top to the elbow, narrowing from the elbow to the wrist. See LEG-OF-MUTTON SLEEVES. 


A lightweight corset, made to shape the body to make it look slimmer, covering the waist, abdomen, and hips, made of elastic material. 

Cumbed Cotton

A type of fabric that has a touch similar to silk; therefore, it is considered superior to ordinary cotton fabrics. 


One of the categories in the garment industry is aimed at the market share of 20-the 30s who like fashionable clothes at affordable prices. 

Color Blocking

Placement of color fields in one outfit to create a specific visual impression. Example: Yves St. Laurent, famous in the 1960s, was inspired by paintings by the painter Mondrian. 


Head coverings made of triangular-shaped cloth concluded at the chin, commonly worn by women in Eastern Europe. Although this word means grandmother in Russian, “babushka” is worn by women of all ages. 


Open-backed shirts or very low-cut backs. Applied to blouses, dresses, bras, or swimsuits. 

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