14 fashion terms every girl must know in 2018!

The eternal relationship between fashion and girls have been since decades and it seems boundless. Fashion had always been our forte and we reign over it like a queen. But, as much you love fashion, do you know fashion? Apart from your sartorial style, how well acknowledged are you with fashion vocabulary? Recently, I came across a fashion blogger misconstruing tartan with checks. On a worst scenario, they don’t know the existence of the word, “tartan”. Also, once a You Tuber botched her vlog by misplacing shift dress with sheath dress. Well, individual sartorial style will always be helmed as the messiah of fashion although being well versed with fashion vocabulary is quintessential for a fashionista. Isn’t it?

So, let’s brush few  jargons  in order to avoid being a fish out of water if you ever come across someone like Miranda Priestly. Shudders

  1. Shift Dress vs Sheath Dress

Shift dress:

If you wanna camouflage the unwanted flab of your waist, stomach or breast, then shift dress is your saviour. Falling straight down from shoulders and generally, above the knees less, it is less fitted over hips and waist. Since it lacks a defined waist, it resembles a flapper dress and 1920’s style. Owing to its comfort and flowy nature, it ticks itself for all body types. Still, if you are hesitant about its appearance, style it with accessories and steal the show. Totally recommended for boxy, straight shape or pregnant women.

  • Sheath dress:

Sheath dress embraces your body curves and basically, lengths down to the knees. Mostly, confused with a bandage dress, it slightly differs from it. Sheath dress defines the epithet, elegant while bandage dress defines the epithet, sexy. The latter is much more figure hugging while former has not well defined silhouette and but comfortable comparatively

2) Checks vs Tartan vs Gingham


If casual style is your signature, checks will be dominating your wardrobe. Although, are you sure, they are checks and not tartan? Well, if they are modified stripes entailing crossed horizontal and vertical lines, they are checks definitely. Mainly, they will be limited to two colors.


Have you ever seen Scottish people in their traditional costume? Basically, it is tartan. Similarly to checks, it entails crisscrossed horizontal and vertical lines but in multiple colors. Tartan is usually referred as plaid in USA and Canada.


Fashion runways seem dominated by this term and it’s all the rage on internet. Signifying a prairie style fashion, it is our spring favorite item. But honestly, gingham is not a design but a plain woven fabric made from dyed cotton. It can be striped or checked.

3) Jumper vs Jumpsuit vs Romper

Jumper :

Mostly in denim fabric, it has attached suspenders in front panel and typify typical USA style. Available in corduroy, cotton and twill. Originally imported from Paris, Jumpers are basically touted as sports fashion.


Jumpsuit is a one piece garment having blouse attached to the bottom.  Available in all fabrics, it is devoid of suspenders but in trendy patterns.


A romper differs from jumpsuit in terms of bottom length. It has attached shorts instead of bottom and signify bohemian look effectively. Summers beckon rompers and street style too.

4) A line dress vs Trapeze dress

A line dress:

The holy grail for all body types, A line dress is generally narrow at the shoulders and have a wider hem. Forming a A shape silhouette, it is fitted from the top and widens at the bust. Christian Dior collection of Spring, 1955 introduced the collection of A line in Paris.

Trapeze dress:

Hailing retro style, it is trapezoid in shape and widens towards the waist and legs. It is floaty in nature and have a bit of frumpy appearance. Much suited for pear shaped woman as the cuts of the dress accentuates the upper body impeccably and camouflage wider lower body. Always be assured to choose the length of the trapeze dress above knees.

5) Oxford Shoes vs Derby Shoes

Oxford shoe:

Generally categorized as formal shoe, oxford shoe has closed lacing and it’s front stitching are underneath the vamp. Originated in Scotland and Ireland, they are also called, Balmoral Shoe

Derby shoe:

Hailing from the sports background, Derby shoes has an open lacing section and can be fitted according to comfort of the wearer. It is also known as Blucher

6) Stilettos vs Pumps

Stilettos :

If you are an ardent fan of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw and Manola Blahniks, you can’t evade stilettos. Setting the highest benchmark for appearance of shoes, stilettos ticks the boxes for highest heels, sassy appearance and ultra feminine look. It’s heels are long and narrow, giving prominence to effective bust and butt. They are much preferred for festive occasions owing to not so comfortable in nature.


Pumps are usually round cut or peep toes and can be worn for both casual and formal wear.  Having wider and shorter heels, they are much comfortable in nature. Also known as court shoes, they have closed heels with no buckles. Usually, their heel are limited to 5 cm.

Which confusing fashion terminologies have you come across? Waiting for your comments!



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