Glossary

Below are a number of fashion terms that you will find in our style descriptions and Journal as we often employ these in our designs.

A-Line - Refers to the cut of a garment which flares outwards from a narrowed waist.
All Over Print - A print that covers the whole of the garment.
Angel Sleeves - A long, flowing sleeve. Angel sleeves may also extend longer than the arms length.
Banded - Any edge of a garment that is finished by a flat, narrowed band of material.
Batwing Sleeves - A loose, long sleeve comprising a deep arm hole and fitted wrist.
Blazer - A classic, semi fitted jacket, which resembles a suit cut coat.
Body Con - The style of skirt or dress which is skin tight and works to emphasise the contours of a body.
Boyfriend - Any type of garment that is loose and oversized, and corresponds with a similar man's garment.
Bracelet Sleeve - A sleeve which is cuffed three quarters of the way down the arm.
Bralette - A simple top encompassing the style of a soft-cup bra that can be worn as outerwear.
Bustier - A fitted, strapless and sleeveless top which works to tighten the upper midriff and push up the bust. Often, boning is used to create the shape.
Camisole - Or 'cami'. A sleeveless, light weight top that comprises thin adjustable straps.
Cape - An overgarment that is sleeveless and fastens at the neck. A cape falls loosely around the shoulders and can come in a variety of lengths.
Capped Sleeves - A short sleeve which is slightly extended so as to cover the top of the arm.
Capri Pants - Mid-calf length pants, often worn in warmer weather.
Cowel Neck - A neckline that comprises material that drapes in rounded folds.
Crop - A top that is short in length so as to reveal the midriff.
Dart - A fold that is sewn into a garment so as to provide shape and provide some 'give' in the material.
Digital Print - A design that is created by printing a digital image directly onto a fabric.
Double-Breasted - A front closing jacket that comprises a double row of buttons. One set of these buttons may be purely decorative.
Drop Shoulder - A sleeve which is attached to an armhole that has been shaped so as to extend lower than the natural shoulder.
Embellishment - A detail that is added to a garment so as do decorate and enhance the design.
Empire - A dress with a fitted bodice which ends just below the bust, from which a long flowing skirt is attached. Gives a high waisted appearance.
Halter - A single strap which is attached to the front of a garment and extends around the back of the neck.
Hi-lo - A skirt or dress which is shorter at the front and usually significantly longer at the back. Sometimes referred to as a 'mullet skirt'.
High Waisted - Refers to a garment which sits high on the waistline, well above the hips.
Intermission Length - Where the length of a skirt or dress ends between the knees and the ankles, commonly mid-calf. See also 'Midi'.
Jewel Neck - A high, rounded neckline that sits at the base of the neck.
Jumpsuit - An all in one garment consisting of a sleeved or sleeveless top and attached full length trousers.
Keyhole - An opening at either the front or the back of a top which resembles the shape of a keyhole.
Lettuce Hem - A fabric edge that is sewn so as to create a ruffled effect, resembling that of a lettuce leaf.
Mandarin - A style of collar that is upright and narrow, that often does not meet at the centre in the front. Derived from the traditional Asian style of collar.
Maxi - A skirt or dress which is floor length and often free flowing in shape.
Midi - The length of a skirt or dress that ends around the mid-calf area, halfway between the knee and the ankle.
Mini - The length of a skirt or dress that is short and ends around the mid thigh area.
Oversized - A garment that is larger in make than the usual size.
Palazzo - Trousers that are flared out from the waist into extremely wide, loose, flowing legs.
Peek-A-Boo - A cut out on any part of a garment that exposes the underneath skin. Also referred to as an 'exposure'.
Pencil - The cut of a skirt or dress that is straight, narrow and often mid calf in length.
Peplum - A piece of fabric which may be pleated or gathered, that is attached at the waist of a piece of clothing to create an overhang or frill.
Peter Pan Collar - A collar that is narrow and has rounded ends.
Playsuit - An all in one garment consisting of a sleeved or sleeveless top and short length pants.
Pleated - Material that is folded upon itself and pressed or stiched into place.
PU - A material made from polyurethane which resembles leather in texture and appearance.
Ruching - Fabric that has been gathered, pleated or ruffled. Often used at the waistline of a garment.
Scoop Neck - A neckline that is rounded and wide, that sits low at the front.
Sheer - A fabric that is semi transparent as a result of the density of the material used.
Shirt Dress - A dress that resembles an oversized man's shirt or T-shirt.
Single- Breasted - A front closing jacket that comprises a single row of buttons.
Sweetheart - A neck line that is lowered at the front and resembles the top of a heart in shape.
Tail/s - The fabric located at the back of a top, extending it so that the hem line is longer at the back of the garment than it is at the front. Derived from coattails.
Tank - A sleeveless top that comprises wide shoulder straps.
Tee - Short for T- Shirt, a top that comprises a round neck and short sleeves, following the T- shape of the body.
V Neck - A neckline that is cut down at the front or the back of the garment into a sharp point.
Vegan Leather - A man made material that resembles leather in its texture and appearance.
Vent - An intentional slit or opening incorporated into a garment design so as to provide additional 'give' when worn. Most commonly found at the back of a skirt or jacket.