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Fashion Terms to Make You Sound Smarter

Fashion Terms to Make You Sound Smarter

Star Zagofsky | Excelle

July 28, 2011

Chevron Stripe

You’ve seen chevron stripes before – you know you have. All zigzag or v-shaped stripes are also known in fashion as “chevrons.” Often used in badges and military garb as a sign of rank, chevron stripes can also make a stylish pattern for almost any fashion item. I’ve seen chevron stripes on cardigans, shirt dresses, flowy tops, skirts, even swimsuits!

Ruching

Ruching (pronounced “roosh-ing”) is a gathering of material in a single line to create a rippled effect. It’s common in eveningwear, but you’ll see it in shirts, pants, skirts, scarves, purses – ruching is truly everywhere.

Appliqué

When you see a cute design on someone’s T-shirt and it’s not screen-printed, then it’s probably an appliqué. Literally, appliqué is French for “applied,” but practically, it’s when one piece of fabric is sewn onto another to make a design. Usually an appliqué is applied on top of the main garment, although cutout appliqués are applied behind it and then the main garment is cut so the design shows through.

What’s your favorite fancy fashion term? Tell us in the comments!


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