|fashion terms and styles for women’s garments|
To analyze and describe fashion, you need both visual and verbal vocabularies of terms and styles. This publication provides text and illustrations of basic terms and styles. However, fashion terms change like the fashions themselves. Recognizing some of the current terms and the alternatives used in the past will provide an introduction to changing fashion. It would take a sizeable book to define fashion terms and styles in all types of garments worn over time. This publication is limited to styles of women’s outerwear garments such as dresses, jackets, blouses, sweaters, tops, skirts, and pants. Fashion details that influence the silhouette, such as necklines, collars, sleeves, cuffs, and pockets, are included. Although decorative details are important in making the transitions between seasons and fashion looks, they are too numerous and change too quickly to be included. In analyzing fashion, we usually begin with the general silhouette and proceed to details. This publication is organized in the opposite manner, beginning with details, because many garments are named for the detail feature. By describing the details first, there is less need to repeat information for application to each type of garment. For example, a V-neckline is a sharp-pointed neckline that is found on blouses, sweaters, jackets, or dresses. If the neckline is the distinguishing feature, the garment may be called a V-neck blouse or dress. Some garments are not illustrated because they are a combination of details. For example, a Victorian blouse has a choker collar, bib neckline, and leg-o’- mutton sleeves. Within each category, the garments are listed from simple to the complex, from close to the body to full silhouettes, and from short to long. There is an index of terms at the end of the publication. Use the index to find the page where a term is first defined and for locating garments that may have several names.