Word of the Week Glossary

A-Line [adj.] \ā-ˌlīn\ This flattering silhouette is fitted at the waist and wide at the hem for a figure-balancing effect.

Examples of A-Line Apparel >

Anorak [n.] \’an-uh-rak\ Weather-resistant jacket, usually hip-length with a hood, developed for polar regions

Examples of Anorak Jackets >

Amuse-Bouche [n.] \uh-MYUZ-boosh\ A small, single bite, similar to an hors d’œuvre. It is usually given as a freebie before a meal, a preview of the chef’s vision or cooking style, offered at their discretion. It is not on the menu. In French, it translates literally to “mouth amuser.” Read more…

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Aviator Sunglasses [n.] \avi-ator sun-glass-es\  A type of sunglasses characterized by thin metal frames, large oval-like lenses and bridge pads. “Pilot’s glasses,” as they were originally referred to, were developed in the 1930s to protect pilot’s eyes during flying. 

Examples of  aviator sunglasses >

Bandeau [n.] \ban-ˈdō\ Traditionally a narrow covering for the bust, today bandeau (or the tank-inspired bandini) most often refers to strapless swimwear.

Examples of bandeau swimwear >

Beauty Serum [n.] \ˈbyü-tē ‘sir-əm\ A concentrated, fast-acting skin treatment applied topically that penetrates the skin deeper than a moisturizer and is used to fight blemishes and signs of aging.

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Bermuda Shorts [n.] \ˈbər-ˈmyü-də ˈshȯrt\ Originally designed for British soldiers in tropical climes, Bermuda shorts are a tailored, longer take on our favorite summer staple. 

Examples of Bermuda shorts >

Blouson [n.] \ˈblau̇-ˌsän\ A bodice that has a tight waistband and a loose, flowing body. 

Examples of Blouson apparel >

Bodycon [n.] \bä-dē-kän\ A style of tight clothing that emphasizes the contours of the body. The term is shortened from body-conscious.

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Booties [n.] \ˈbüt-ees\ Boots with shafts that reach higher than the ankle and lower than the mid-calf (typically 4″ to 7.5″).

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Capris [n.] \kə-ˈprēz\ Named for the Italian isle of Capri, this warm-weather favorite hits between the knee and calf.

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Cashmere [n.] \ˈkazh-ˌmir\ A fine, soft, yet strong fiber derived from goats indigenous to the Kashmir region of India.

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Chevron [n.] \ˈshev-rən\ Playful zigzag print featuring at least 2 alternating colors.

Examples of chevron >

Chiffon [n.] \shi-ˈfän,\ Most often used for evening wear, chiffon is a sheer fabric woven of alternating yarns. This gives it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.

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Clutch [n.] \kluhch\ A narrow handheld bag, usually formal, with no strap or a removable strap.

Examples of clutch >

Combat Boots [n.] \’käm-ˌbat ‘büts,\ Designed with a lace-up front, this military-inspired style lends a tough-meets-chic vibe to feminine looks.

Examples of combat boots >

Convertible Bra [n.] \kuhn-vur-tuh-buhl brah\ A type of bra that features straps that can be moved and sometimes removed. The straps adjust to accommodate multiple types of clothing. Read more…

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Crepe [n.] \kreyp\ Thin, lightweight fabric known for its characteristic crinkled or ridged surface.

Examples of crepe apparel >

Crochet [n.]  \croh-shay\  Crocheted fabric is dense, formed through interlocking loop stitches. It is used in women’s apparel as well as shoes, handbags and hats.

Examples of  crochet >

d’Orsay Pumps [n.]  \ˈdȯr ˈsā ˈpəmp\  An arch-exposing pump, usually with a closed toe and heel. In other words, flirty, feminine and fun. Read more…

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Decollete [adj.] \dey-kol-tey\ In the world of cosmetics, this word refers to the chest area. Most commonly, it is used in conjunction with anti-aging creams or lotions for the neck. Read more…

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Denier [n.] \den-yer\ A unit of measurement used to identify the thickness of the individual threads in cloth and fabrics. Read more…

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Duverlet [n.] \doo-ver-leht\ In the world of bedding, a duverlet is a coverlet that doubles as a duvet cover, meaning it can stand on its own or work to hold your duvet. A duverlet includes a button, zipper or tie closure. Read more…

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Espadrille [n.] \ˈes-pə-ˌdril\ A summer-perfect shoe with a jute-wrapped midsole. Read more…

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Fit-and-Flare [n.] \ˈfit ən(d)ˈfler\ This A-line silhouette highlights your smallest point with a fitted bodice and a swing skirt.

Examples of fit-and-flare silhouettes >

Gladiator Sandals [n.] \glad’-ee-ey-ter san’-dl\ Sandal with an open, t-bar style, usually with lots of straps and often flat or with a top tie closure.

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Hair Calf [n.] \hair kahf\ The hair side of animal leather. Considered a “pelt,” the same as fur. Read more…

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Harness Boots [n.] \ˈhär-nəsˈbüts\ Motorcycle-inspired boots, typically of a heavy leather, that feature hardware straps at the ankle.

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Highlighter [n.] \hahy-lahy-ter\  A cosmetic pen, cream or powder used to emphasize some part of the face, such as the cheekbones or eyes. 

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Hi-Low Hem [n.] \hahy-loh hem\ A hemline that is longer in the back than the front; the difference can be slight or it can be dramatic.  Read more…

Examples of hi-low hems >

Hobo Bag [n.] \hoh-boh bag\
A handbag with a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. It is characterized by its crescent moon shape and a slouchy posture. Read more…

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Ikat Print [n.] \ˈē-ˌkät ˈprint\

Traditionally created using a unique dyeing process, this tribal pattern is characterized by bold diamond shapes.

Examples of ikat-print apparel >

Illusion Neckline [n.] \ih-loo’-zhuhn nek’-lahyn\

Transparent lace or tulle panel extending from the bust to the collar.

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Jacquard [n.] \(jăk’kärd\n nek’-lahyn\

A fabric with an intricate pattern woven into it (rather than printed or dyed upon it).

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Linen [n.] \ˈli-nən\
A strong fabric made from woven flax. Known for its breathability and favored during warmer months.

Examples of linen apparel >

Maxi Dress [n.] \ˈmak-sē ˈdres\
A flowy, ankle-length dress that is typically sleeveless with a low neckline. A maxi dress often features bright, colorful fabrics and is popular during warmer months.

Examples of  maxi dresses >

Messenger Bag [n.] \ˈme-sən-jər bāg\
A bag (typically made from cloth) that is worn with a strap that goes across the body.

Examples of  messenger bags >

Moto Boots [n.] [n.] \’moh-toh boots\
These motorcycle-inspired boots are often short with buckle detailing around the upper vamp and ankle.

Examples of  moto boots >

Moto Jacket [n.] [n.] \ ‘mot-toh jack-it\
Inspired by professional motorcycle jackets, the moto jacket features long sleeves, a cropped fit and zipper details.

Examples of  moto jackets >

Minaudiere [n.] \ˌmē-nōd-ˈyer\

Fancy French word for clutch. “A small evening bag embezzled with pieces of metal, semi precious stones or beads and covered with fabric or leather.”

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Nylons [n.] \naky-lons\ Hosiery made from nylon that eases chafing, keeps the legs and feet warm and hides imperfections. Read more…

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Ombré [adj.] \ˈäm-ˌbrā\ Color tones that fade into one another in a gradient; in clothing, it often fades from light to dark 

Examples of ombré >

Oxfords [n.] \ˈäksfərd\ A low-rise shoe with under-vamp lacing that is located over the wearer’s instep. 

Examples of oxfords >

Pavé [adj.] \puh-vey; Fr. pav-vey\ 
Closely set stones or gems, placed to show no metal between them.  Read more…

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Peacoat [n.] \ˈpē-ˌkōt\ Originally worn by sailors, this coat features a heavy woolen double-breasted front and broad lapels.

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Peplum [n.] \ˈpe-pləm\ A short (often ruffled or pleated) overskirt that’s attached at the waist of dresses, skirts, tops and jackets. Read more…

Examples of peplum dresses, tops, skirts and jackets >

Peter Pan Collar [n.] \ˈpē-tər ˈpan ˈkä-lər\  A small, close-fitting collar (usually rounded at the ends) that adds feminine flourish to tops and dresses. Read more…

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Polarized Sunglasses [n.] \poh-luh-rahyzd sən-ˌglases\ Polarized lenses reduce and eliminate glare — particularly off of non-metallic surfaces such as bodies of water and roads — which lead to clearer vision and unstressed eyes.

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Ponte [n.] \ˈpon-te\  A double-knit fabric that’s sturdy yet stretchy, often used for dresses, suiting and slim pants.

Examples of Ponte >

Popover [n.] \ˈpäp-ˌō-vər\ A cropped top worn over a longer tank or tee for a layered look.  Read more…

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Quilted [adj.] \ˈkwilt ed\ Quilt-inspired stitching that adds a textural touch to jackets, shoes or accessories. 

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Riding Boots [n.] \ˈrī-diŋ ˈbüts\ Tall, timeless boot style with equestrian-inspired details. Read more…

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Romper [n.] \ˈräm-pər\ A playful one-piece silhouette with attached shorts, constructed from knit for a casual look or woven fabric for a tailored take.

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Rose Gold [n.] \ˈrōz ˈgōld\ Gold/copper alloy favored for its pretty, pink-tinged luster.

Examples of  rose gold accessories >

Saffiano [n.] \saf-ee-uhn-oh\ A type of leather, typically used to construct handbags, that features an easy-to-clean, scratch-resistant crossstitch pattern.

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Satchel [n.] \ˈsa-chəl\ A large handbag, for either men or women, that often features a long shoulder strap, in addition to a shorter handle.

Examples of Satchels >

Sheath [n.] [n.] \’shēth\ Versatile and universally flattering, this fitted silhouette skims your curves for an easy day-to-play look.

Examples of Sheath Dresses >

Shift Dress [n.] \ˈshift ˈdres\ A universally flattering silhouette that falls loosely from the shoulders with little definition through the waist. Read more…

Examples of shift dresses >

Skater Fit Dress [n.] \ˈskater fit ˈdres\ A mid-thigh-length dress with a fitted, usually flat-front, crewneck bodice and a flared, deeply pleated a-line skirt. Can also refer to a skirt alone. 

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Skinny Jeans [n.] \ˈski-nē ˈjēnz\ A modern cut that fits snugly around the legs and even more tightly around the leg openings.

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Sneaker Wedge [n.] \’snee-ker wej\ A wedge heel incorporated into a high-top sneaker-style shoe to add height.

Examples of sneaker wedges >

Soutache [n.] \ˈsü-ˈtash\ Decorative trim used often used to give apparel whimsical interest or Western flair.

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Statement Necklace [n.] \steyt-muhnt nek-lis\ A short or long piece of jewelry worn around the neck that is bold, large and the defining element of your look. Read more…

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Swimdress [n.] \ˈswimdres\ A one-piece swimsuit that is similar in appearance to a short dress. Form-fitting at top and flaring to a skirt below, they enhance the look of a narrow waist and give extra coverage at the hips.

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Tote Bagc [n.] \toht bāg\ A large (and stylish) 2-handled open-topped bag.

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Tunic [n.] ˈt(y)o͞onik/A simple, loose-fitting top, of various lengths, worn over the waist.

Examples of tunics >

Tutu [n.] \too-too\ A fanciful and frilly skirt usually made of several layers of twirl-friendly tarlatan or tulle and worn by ballerinas. Read more…

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Twill [n.] \ˈtwil\ A textile weave where one thread passes over another then under two or more others making the fabric look like it has diagonal lines. Read more…

Examples of men’s twill clothing >

Weekender Bag [n.] \ˈwēk-ˈen-dər bāg\ A stylish traveling bag for carrying clothes and other essentials on a weekend getaway. 

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Wide-Calf Boots [n.] \ˈwīd ˈkaf ˈbüts\ Boots with a roomier shaft ideal for a more comfortable fit and thick socks. 

Examples of wide-calf boots >

Wristlet [n.] \ˈris(t)-lət\ A small band worn around the wrist, often with a small wallet attached that fits a few cards and sometimes a cell phone. 

Examples of wristlets >

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