5 fashion terms every fashionista should know - Episode 8

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:

Fair Isle

Dry denim:

This basically means unwashed and untreated after the dyeing process. Dry denim is most appreciated in a raw state. Because of its unrefined condition, after a period of time knees, thighs, ankles and crotch will develop natural wear and tear. To facilitate more fading, many wearers often refrain from washing their jeans for more than six months.

Duffle coat:

This is a hooded, knee-length coat made from duffle; a coarse, thick woollen fabric. Although many styles have appeared, the British have kept the original style, symbolic of four front wooden or horn toggle fastenings, named 'walrus teeth'.


They are usually casual, canvas or cotton material shoes with  flexible sole created from jute rope. Espadrille itself is gotten from the Catalan name for the shoes, 'espardenya', which is traced back to 'esparto': a tough, wiry Mediterranean grass used for making rope.

Fair Isle:

They can described as delicate, super colored knits, usually sewn in bands, featured on jumpers, cardigans and also, accessories. The design originates from the Fair Isle, a little island in the north of Scotland where the practice started. Since then the term has been used in reference to any stranded colour knitting which often isn’t connected to the knitting of the Fair Isle.


As one of the most popular clothing pieces in Nigeria currently, it is an enduring hat created out of soft felt that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in at the front.


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