Fashion terms
for knowledge & inspiration

From time to time we pay special attention to selected fashion terms, complementing their definitions with pictures from the collections of international designers and tutorial videos created for you by the Zurda's team. The terms are provided with filters and a search engine for your convenience.

Beanie
A
Accessories

a small brimless cap or skull cap that fits tightly to the head. Beanies may come knitted (seamless or with one vertical back seam) or sewn from several triangular panels. Materials for beanies vary from wool yarns to felt, fabrics and leather.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashion essentials

Trucker jacket
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Garments

a classic denim jacket that features a hip length, a pointed collar, a front button placket, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, a waistband with side adjusters, flapped patch pockets on the chest, a front and back yoke, welted side pockets and roomy internal pockets. Similar styles can be produced from corduroy, waxed fabrics and leather. Winter designs can include a sheepskin collar and a flannel lining.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to fashion garments

Bib necklace
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Accessories

a necklace with a long and broad front section that covers the collarbones and, probably, the upper chest.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashionable jewelry

Orange
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Visual Characteristics

a warm and cheerful color created by mixing red and yellow. Orange stands between these two hues on the color wheel and on the visible spectrum. Orange is the color of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, persimmons and other fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoids. Equivalent to: terracotta, ocher.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to the different visual characteristics used in the fashion industry

African fabrics
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Materials

a wide range of predominantly cotton fabrics produced throughout the African continent, using traditional and artisan methods. Ideally, they are woven and dyed by hand, employing natural dyes (indigo leaves, kola nuts, colored mud and so forth). Many textiles are painted by hand (screen printing, block printing, batik, wax printing, tye-dye). African fabrics are characterized by harmonious hues, being suitable for patchwork, quilting and dressmaking. Examples of the African fabrics are mud cloth or bogolan, adire, shwe shwe, ankara and kente cloth.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to fashion materials

Drapery
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Garments

draped details in the garment's design. Ancient chitons, himations, chlamys, peplos and togas, as well as actual sarees, dhoti pants, sarongs and pareos are examples of drapery.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to fashion garments

High rise
V
Visual Characteristics

a characteristic of the high-waisted garment that stops at the level of the belly button. This term is usually applied to jeans. See also: low rise, mid rise.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to the world of denim

Abstract pattern
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Visual Characteristics

a fabric pattern consisting of unrecognizable forms that do not represent anything found in the natural world (this would be an organic pattern). Abstract shapes can be interpreted individually since they are nonobjective. Geometric motifs can be used as layers or parts of abstract designs.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to the different visual characteristics used in the fashion industry

Puff sleeve
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Garments

a full sleeve with a gathered top and bottom part and a voluminous middle portion. Equivalent to: balloon sleeve.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashionable sleeves

Symmetrical
V
Visual Characteristics

a term used in fashion design to describe the elements of a composition placed on both sides of the horizontal, vertical or diagonal axis. The details correspond to each other in shape, size or arrangement. They are mirrored, matching up perfectly when folded in half along the axis.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to the different visual characteristics used in the fashion industry

Pendant
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Accessories

a piece of jewelry suspended from a chain, cord or necklace. Pendants are typically larger than charms. They can also be featured on a bracelet or anklet, hanging from the main piece.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashionable jewelry 

Structured
T
Technology

a characteristic of tailored clothing that boasts a well-defined shape and silhouette, usually with a geometric inspiration. The fabric stands away from the body, altering or exaggerating the natural contours. The seams do not pucker. Structured garments make the use of starching, heavy and stiff textiles, linings, interlinings, underlinings, padding, boning and other types of internal support.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to the fashion technology

Classic collar
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Garments

the most traditional shape of a shirt collar. The typical length of the collar point is around 4-5 cm (approx. 1.6-2.0 inches), and the tips usually spread at 90 degrees. A classic collar goes well with a four-in-hand necktie knot.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashionable collars

Newsboy cap
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Accessories

a six or eight-piece flat cap with a round and full body, a stiff peak and a top button. Equivalent to: baker boy cap.

This term was taken from our dictionary dedicated to fashionable accessories and footwear

Neckline
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Garments

technically, a neckline is an opening in the top of the garment, large enough to let the head pass through. In a fashionable way, a neckline is a style line around or below the neck. A neckline may feature a sewn-in collar. Depending on the shape, size and position, a neckline is defined as a keyhole, jewel, off-the-shoulder, halter, plunging, one-shoulder, crew or sweetheart design, to name a few.

This term was taken from our glossary dedicated to fashionable necklines

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