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!
A Paillette is a small shinny disc, much like a sequin, but flat. It is sewn together with others onto material to create a shimmering fish-scale effect, and is often used in women’s evening wear.
“Painted On” is a slang term that means extremely tight fitting.
Palazzo pants are loose fitting, wide-legged pant. Also sometimes called “Yoga” pants.
The French word Passé can be applied to anything that is no longer fashionable, or that is currently considered to be out-of-date.
Pedal Pushers are cropped pants that end just below the knee.
A Pencil Skirt is a straight skirt which can either taper in at the hem or fall straight down from the hip.
A Peplum is a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket.
A Pin-Tucked seam is a narrow raised seam on the outside of a garment. Commonly used on trousers to create the illusion of a permanent crease.
Ply is a term used to refer to the number of fibers twisted together to form a yarn, the lowest ply thus being a two-ply yarn. Higher-ply yarn is often considered to be superior, as it is stronger, resulting in a stronger fabric and more durable garment.
Prêt-à-Porter the french equivalent of Ready-To-Wear.
Princess seams are the seams that can be found on the torso, in the front or the back of a garment. They are usually added when a designer want to create a more form-fitting garment.