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!
Vanity Sizing describes a clever fashion marketing strategy that makes clothing sizes run large, so that the consumer will feel thinner. This explains why you might wear a 12 in some brands, and a 8 in others.
A Vent is the lapped opening present on the back of most a tailored jacket, blazers, and sportcoats. Vents can be single or double.
Vicuna (or Vicuna) is a South American animal (Auchenia vicunna), closely related to the llama and alpaca. The Vicuna yields a fine silky wool used for creating textiles. Vicuna wool is considered to be much softer, and much more expensive than cashmere.
New “Vintaged” denim is often tinted with a slightly yellowish dye to make it appear older, dirtier, and more broken in. Giving new jeans a worn and loved look.
Virgin Wool is wool that has never been processed or woven before.
Something in Vogue has a prominent place in popular favour or fashion. Vogue is also a premier fashion magazine.
Voile is a lightweight, open-weave fabric made from silk, cotton, or rayon; soft, used especially for women’s summer clothing.