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Some Fashion Terms Explained

Categories Fashion

Confuse your herringbone and houndstooth? Unclear what black tie really means? Read on!

Aspirational

Forward-looking clothing designs and ensembles that other men rightly aspire to emulate.

Directional

These are outlier looks and clothes that influence the broader way that  fashion trends over seasons or years.

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Shearling

A wonderful pelt for coats, this is simply the skin of a lamb or sheep that has been tanned with the wool attached.

Herringbone

Usually found in a wool twill fabric, this is a chevron pattern created the weave of the fabric.

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Houndstooth

As the word states, it’s a distinctive broken check pattern that resembles a dog’s teeth.

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Chalk Stripe

Vertical lines on a suit coloured similarly to the chalk used by a tailor. They’re deliberately less distinct than a pin stripe.

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Pinstripe

Distinct, crisp lines woven into cloth for suiting. Pinstripes are usually 1.25cm to 2.50cm apart and as perfectly parallel as possible.

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Vent

These are the slits cut into the tail of a coat to let the material move freely when you’re wearing it.

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Balance

The way to tell if a coat is awesomely made – the front and back should be perfectly parallel.

Bespoke

Individually tailored clothing or footwear, as opposed to off-the-peg or ready-to-wear.

Off-the-peg/Ready-to-wear

Mass produced clothing made to fit various sizes of men rather than bespoke designs.

Black Tie

An event to which you are expected to wear a dinner jacket or tuxedo, which is strictly defined (though not often observed anymore) by satin facings on the lapels, mirrored on the outer seams of the dinner suit trousers.

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