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American English Vocabulary: FASHION

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    Fashion vocabulary for American English Language Learners
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  • active wear / sports wear
    clothing designed for recreation or informal wear
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  • handbag, purse
    a small bag a woman uses to carry things when she goes out (money, keys, makeup, etc.)
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  • hoodie
    a sweatshirt with a hood attached
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  • sneakers
    athletic shoes (for exercise usually)
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  • flip flops
    shoes that has a Y strap between the toes
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  • jacket
    a short coat -- outer wear
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  • accessory/ accessories
    Refers to things added to an outfit to make it more fashionable (examples are shoes, hats, jewelry, scarves, gloves...)
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  • art deco
    a style featuring geometric patterns, usually in colors of yellow, green, silver, black, and gold
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  • art nouveau
    a style that features intricate lines and curves based on nature
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  • apparel
    clothes, clothing
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  • asymmetrical
    One-sided, off-balance (may refer to a hemline in clothing or hairstyle where one side is longer than another)
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  • black tie event
    the dress code for a fancy evening event. Generally a tuxedo, tie and formal shoes for men, and a long gown for women
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  • bling
    flashy, expensive accessories like jewelry or designer bags
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  • boutique
    a store or shop that typically sells unique items to a specific group of customers-- usually "high end" (expensive, quality)
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  • boyfriend style
    clothing designed for males but adapted for females (example-- boyfriend cut jeans)
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  • Bohemian style (Bo-ho)
    Carefree, relaxed style of dressing that is influenced by the hippie or bohemian lifestyle. Decor is ecclectic and mixed.
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  • business casual dress code
    clothing for a semi-formal event. Usually pants and button shirts for men, skirts and blouses for women. No jeans or formal suits
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  • capsule wardrobe
    term for a collection of several basic, essential items of clothing
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  • cut of a garment
    refers to the style and shape of the clothing and how it hangs when wearing it
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  • care label
    a mandatory label found in all clothing which explains how to care for the fabric
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  • casual wear
    Everyday clothing, informal (jeans, t-shirts, shorts, etc.)
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  • catwalk
    the platform where models walk in a fashion show
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  • chic
    Pronounced "sheek"-- stylish, sophisticated.
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  • cocktail dress code
    Party wear-- suit for men, party dress for women
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  • classic
    a style thought to be timeless instead of trendy
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  • trendy
    up-to-date clothing, fashionable
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  • contrast (in fashion)
    contrasting colors are colors on the opposing section of the color wheel
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  • deĀ“colletage
    the area from the neck to the chest
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  • distressed fabric
    fabric that has been artificially aged or torn (like ripped jeans)
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  • earth tones
    color scheme that tend to have some brown but can be anything natural
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  • outfit
    a group of clothing worn together (example: matching shirt, pants, shoes)
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  • ethnic
    Native or traditional clothing, cultural way to dress by a specific group of people
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  • fad
    a short-lived popular trend that fades quickly
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  • fashion police
    imaginary police force to enforce people dress fashionable (humorous)
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  • grunge fashion
    Ripped jeans, layered casual clothes, black boots-- style made popular by people who like grunge music
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  • loungewear
    clothing worn around the house, like sweat pants
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  • mass produced fashion
    A fashion or style of clothing that is popular and made in large quantities
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  • minimalist
    fashion style that is understated, simple, plain colors
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  • ombre
    style in which the color gradually goes from light to dark
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  • over size or baggy
    clothing that fit loosely
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  • peek-a-boo style
    elements of fashion where parts of the body may be revealed (cut out sections or sheer fabric)
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  • preppy style
    Collegiate look -- polo shirts, chino brown pants, navy blazer, "preppy" clothes, argyle, tweed fabrics
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  • punk style
    Style of clothes made popular by punk music--leather jackets, ripped jeans, metal chains, dark clothes
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  • retro style
    Style from the recent past trends (example- 1970s denim shirts)
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  • silhouette
    the outline of a garment, the shape
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  • selvedge
    the finished edge of fabric
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  • separates
    clothes bought separately and can be mixed and matched (example: shirt and jeans)
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  • LBD (abbreviation)
    Little Black Dress
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  • OOTD (abbreviation)
    Outfit Of The Day
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  • neutral colors
    Color variations of black, white and gray
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