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 designer sponsored sale that can include just about anything from previous season merchandise, to overstocked, returned, and current season collections. Designers who commonly have sample sales are Juicy Couture, Theory, and Marc Jacobs
Shantung is a medium-weight fabric with a nubby, surface usually made of silk.
A Sheath Dress is a close fitting, curve conscience dress, that hits at the knee. Commonly confused with a Shift Dress.
A shift dress is a simple straight cut dress, that hits at the knee. Commonly confused with a sheath dress.
The word “Skinny” in fashion refers to jeans or pants that have a slim fit that tapers tightly to the ankles. This style is also commonly referred to as “Cigarette” or “Pencil” jeans / pants. “Skinny” can also be used to describe a particular pair of pants or jeans owned by a woman that are hard to fit into.
Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were undesirable.
Stiletto are pumps or slingbacks with a high, narrow heel.
Straight cut jeans or pants have a slim fit that is cut straight from the knee down to the ankle. Designer brands such as Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, and Joe’s Jeans are especially well know for their straight cut denim.
“Sulphur Dyeing” refers to the process used to create black or colored denim. Ex: Grey, Rust, Mustard, Green and Red jeans.
A Sweetheart Neckline is an open neckline that begins about 2 inches inside the shoulder line and is shaped like a heart.