Fashion Terms You Need to Know


AUG | 2016

fashion terms to know

Every industry has its own lingo and it has taken upon help you out with the meaning of some common fashion terms. Fashion bloggers use words like “fashionista,” “couture” or “bespoke” in many times on their fashion blog. But what do they really mean? Make sure you’re familiar with the common fashion terminology listed below. The following list features some of the fashion lingoes you should have in your vocabulary; it helps to know some fashion expressions.

  • Bespoke

  • Bespoke is a service that starts from scratch with the selection of fabric, measurement to pattern cutting. When people say “there is no one like you,” and “do you” it sounds cliched, yet this is what bespoke is. True bespoke will cost you.

  • Couture

  • It also is known as haute couture. If an item is characterized as "haute couture," it means that it's custom-made. Haute couture connotes exclusivity and one-of-a-kind clothes made from the finest quality materials that usually cost more than $10,000.

  • Dirndl Skirt

  • A full, wide skirt. It has been noticed that Kenyan women tend to experience trends.

  • Fashionista

  • A term presumed as flattering to women, and increasingly men, who enjoy fashion or who say they are in fact, fashionistas. Sometimes replaced by stylista. Both terms show the laziness of thought with which Kenyans officially ruined the true definition of the word ‘socialite.’

  • Fierce

  • A catchphrase popularized by former model and America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks. The word means different things to different people.

  • Glove Shoe

  • A pump or flat with a vamp so high it covers your toe and equivalent of a nun’s habit.

  • ‘IT’ Anything

  • It basically means anything that is perceived as being on trend and of the moment such as an ‘It’ bag, ‘It’ girl, ‘It’ shoe, ‘It’ sleeve, ‘It’ etc.

  • Trs chic

  • Trs chic means very fashionable; it's usually used to describe a specific item, like a suit, for example, or as a compliment to a place or an event.

  • Old-school

  • The term old-school is used to describe a fashion item that has a retro, vintage or classic look. A lot of old-school athletic wear (i.e. from the '70s and '80s) such as sneakers, tracksuits, and T-shirts have been making a comeback.

  • Pass

  • The term pass is used to describe something that was once in style, but no longer is; basically, it's a thing of the past.