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Style Vocab

  • Haute Couture Vs. Ready-to-Wear

    Every good fashionista knows that the word "Couture" is not one to just be thrown around. The term, commonly confused with "Prét-a-porter", actually comes from the French phrase "Haute-Couture" which translates to mean "high sewing" or "high dressmaking".

    In France, the term "Haute Couture" is protected by law and is defined by a government agency called the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris which is based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992. To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:  Continue reading

  • Trendy Vs. Stylish

    When it comes to fashion it is easy to confuse the idea of being "stylish" with the idea of being "trendy". While at first glance the two words might appear to mean the same thing there are actually some very distinct differences between them; and most people usually find that they gravitate towards one type of style or the other. Regardless of which one you prefer, Labellush.com recommends that having a firm understanding of both can help you to better understand and round out your wardrobe, while still staying true to yourself.

    "Trendy"

    Almost like clockwork, people who are "trendy" fall in love with the newest trends season after season. They seek inspiration for their personal style from the most recent runways, hottest celebs, and major glossy magazines. They make a deliberate attempt, and often spend a significant amount of money each season incorporating the newest colors, and styles into their wardrobe and usually by the end of the season they are more than ready to purge their closets of their "out-dated" duds and start all over again.

    On the up side; because trendy people make an effort to stay current their style conveys an air of awareness to the world around them. It says they are active, involved, and interested. However, on the down side, because trends are constantly changing people with a trendy style may lack a sense of defined identity.

    If you feel you are more of a "trendy" person and you want to balance out your style Labellush.com recommends stocking up on some high-quality basics. Look for timeless, well tailored pieces, in flattering neutral colors that will easily mix and match with your seasonal fashion finds, and last for years.

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  • Style Vocab: A

    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!


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    Á la mode

    A French phrase which translates to mean "In the Fashion". This expression is used to describe things that exemplify a prevailing style or fashion trend.

    A-line

    An A-Line dress or skirt is formed into the shape of an A; tight fitting at the waist and open at the bottom. This flattering silhouette is easy and comfortable to wear. It flares gently away from the body creating a soft, A-line shape. Fit for any body type.

    Argyle

    A knitting pattern of varicolored, diamond-shaped areas on a solid background. Argyle is a classic pattern most often seen on socks, sweaters, and vests.

    Asymmetrical

    Something that is asymmetrical lacks symmetrical balance. A one-shouldered dress, or a skirt with a slanted hemline would be considered asymmetrical.

    Atelier

    Atelier is a french word which means "Artist's Studio" or "Workshop". A fashion designers studio is often referred to as an Atelier.

  • Style Vocab: B

    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!


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    Baby-Doll

    The Baby-Doll style was first popularized by the movie Baby Doll starring Carroll Baker in 1956. Originally worn as a negligee, the baby-doll style has matured over the years into a dress form of it's very own. The style generally features an empire waist cut, and a hemline that falls to about mid thigh.

    Ballerina Flat

    Ballerina Flats are heelless shoes inspired in their design by ballet slippers. They are usually slip on in their design, and are sometimes called "Skimmers".

    Bandeau Top

    A strapless top formed from a band of fabric fitting around the bust. Commonly called a "Tube Top".

    Bell-Bottoms

    Bell-bottoms are trousers styled with a flared cut that becomes dramatically wider from the knees down. Bell-bottoms became very fashionable in the late 1960s and much of the 1970s for both for men and women, during the Hippie movement - and have had a moderate persistence in fashion since then.

    Besom Pockets

    A Besom Pocket is a "set-in" pocket (meaning, the pocket opening is cut into the garment rather than applied - "set-on" - like a patch pocket) that is finished and strengthened with "piping" or fabric "welts" along its length.

    Bespoke Tailoring

    Bespoke Tailoring describes the process of creating clothing according to a unique buyers specifications. This means the buyer gets to choose exactly which fabrics, colors, cuts, and styles are used, and it guarantees that their garment will truly be one of a kind. Bespoke clothing differs from made-to-measure clothing, or ready-to-wear, in that it is truly custom made.

    Boat Neckline

    A Boat Neck, also called a bateau neck, refers to a wide neckline that runs horizontally, front and back, almost to the shoulder points, across the collarbone.

    Bohemian

    Bohemian refers to a style trend characterized by ethnic inspired clothing, shoes and accessories, combined with lots of layering and a laid back vibe. Bohemian, also know as the boho or bo-ho chic style, has been popularized by celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, and the Olsen Twins.

    Bolero

    A very short women's jacket that is worn open in the front.

    Bootcut

    Slim fitted jeans or pants that are contoured throughout the hips and thigh, and flare out slightly below the knee down to the hem. Brands such as Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, and Joe's Jeans are especially well know for their bootcut denim.

    Bouclé

    Boucle is an uneven yarn made with threads of varying looseness. The result is a luxe, nubby texture fabric that is commonly used for dress suits, skirt suits, and blazers.

    Bias Cut

    Fabric that is cut against the grain at a 45 degree angle is considered Bias Cut. Using a bias cut allows the fabric to fully stretch, and lends designers the ability to create garments that accentuate a woman's curves while maintaining a fluid drape in the fabric.

  • Style Vocab: C

    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!


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    Charmeuse

    Charmeuse is a satin finished luxury fabric made from silk. It drapes well, and is often used in evening and formal wear.

    Chiffon

    Chiffon is a textile made from silk, cotton, nylon, polyester, or rayon. It tends to be sheer, with a faint shimmer and a simple weave. Chiffon is generally used in evening and formal wear, since it drapes well and can add a floaty look to gowns and dresses.

    Couture

    Couture, or Haute Couture, is a tradition of custom-made clothing that originated in France. Couture clothing can not be bought off-the-rack even in high-end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. For a more detailed description of Couture Clothing please read our article:

    Covert-Couture

    Covert-Couture refers to clothes that cost a lot of money but don't look like they every did. (Think Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen)

    Cowl Neckline

    A Cowl Neckline is a neckline that has a drapped efect.

    Crew Neckline

    A Crew Neckline is a high rounded neckline. Classic T-Shirts usually have crew necklines.

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