5 fashion terms every fashionista should know - Episode 10

Everyone who identifies themselves as stylish or a fashion enthusiast, should know certain key fashion terms to hold their own in any conversation. Here are five fashion terms to know:



This belongs on formal clothing. Lapels are the folded flaps of cloth on the front of a jacket or coat. The cloth is an extension of the collar and folds back against the breast and cut to make a step (notch), peak or shawl finish. Double-breasted jackets always have peak or shawl lapels.


A textile derived from the fibres of the flax plant. Firmer than cotton but does not hold dye well. Linen has a very low elasticity, thus making the fabric susceptible to wear and tear if  folded and ironed at the same place frequently. Linen mostly comes in white or cream summer suits. When woven into garments, it is great for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Due to its natural wrinkles that can add a natural charm to any look.


Stylish men will own at least one pair; with the pinnacle being the Gucci, patent horsebit loafers.

Unlike the moccasins with its wide high, the slip-on shoe, has its provenance in Norway - a happenstance that would lead G.H. Bass to begin producing loafers under the appellation 'Weejuns' in 1934. Although some think it’s only casual, styles can work either ways, from tasseled to penny and driving, in leather, suede and nubuck.


Otherwise known as the Mackintosh or Macintosh; it is a form of waterproof raincoat created from rubberised fabric. Named after inventor Charles Macintosh, who patented his waterproof cloth in 1823. The first Mackintosh coats were created in his family's factory. Now a total wardrobe staple and, perhaps, the perfect transitional piece of outerwear.


This is a vibrant plain-weave fabric. The lightweight plaid was originally hand woven but with modern techniques the pattern tends to blend into one another. It is usually used for men's blazers, shirts and shorts.


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