Ever wonder what the difference is between a shift dress and a sheath dress? Never really understood the whole “Couture” thing? Use our Style Vocab resource to brush up on some commonly used fashion terms and phrases and improve your fashion IQ – because hey, it takes more than just great clothes to be stylish!
“Fashion Forward” is a phrase used to describe something or someone at the forefront of a fashion trend. Usually they’re doing something edgy or unexpected. Not to be confused with the phrase: On-Trend.
A fashionista is someone who follows fashion, or is involved in the fashion industry. This term is sometimes used in a mildly deprecating way, suggesting that fashionistas are obsessed with fashion at the cost of other issues of importance. As a general rule, however, fashionistas are not offended when people call them such, and many use the term in self reference, like a badge of pride. SJP is a fashionista.
Faux pas means literally “false step” and is used when a person does or says something not appropriate. A Fashion Faux Pas is committed when someone wears something that is out of style, or dresses inappropriately.
To be called “Fierce” is a compliment; meaning you look aggressively attractive, sexy and cool. The phrase gained popularity after being used almost constantly by Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model.
Flared jeans or pants are slim fitted jeans throughout the hips and thigh, and flare out from the knee down to the hem. Designer Brands such as Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, and Joe’s Jeans are especially well know for their flared jeans.
Double, or French, cuffs, are twice as long as regular button cuffs, and they are worn folded back over themselves; usually secured with a cufflink. French cuffs are often considered to be more formal than button cuffs, and usually reserved for formal wear.