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!
Tartan or “Plaid”, is a pattern that originated in Scotland, consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours.
A pattern of dark lines forming squares on a light background.
A tea-length dress is one that falls in between the bottom of the knee and the bottom of the calf. It is generally considered the “in-between” length, as it falls between the cocktail-length dress and the full-length dress.
“The new black” A lot of fashion-industry types wear black all the time because it’s slimming, attractive, and easy to wear. So when a new trend becomes so widespread that it rivals the popularity of the colour black, it is referred to as “the new black”.
A garment with a Trapeze Cut is slim fitted through the top and flares out towards the hem. Trapeze cuts are most commonly seen in women’s jackets, tops, and dresses.
A Trunk Show is a showcase that previews a designers upcoming collection. Trunk Shows usually take place at well know department stores or boutiques, and are open and free to the public. Usually they do not sell the clothing on display at trunk shows, but very often customers can pre-order the pieces that they like.
The term “T-shirtable” describes any sort of situation, logo or slogan that would look good on a T-shirt.
Tulle netting is a textile made from silk, nylon, rayon or occasionally cotton. It is woven in a mesh pattern, and often starched so that it will be stiff. There are numerous uses for tulle, although the most famous are probably tutus, wedding gowns, and veils.