17 FASHION TERMS TO KNOW

Consider this your Man Repeller fashion glossary in progress.
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    Paillete
    Pronounced pie-yet. (Ignore that if you're french.) Technically it's like a sequin. On Man Repeller, we tend to use it to mean BIG sequins. Kind of like shiny fish scales.
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    Ruche
    A ruche, pronounced roosh, is the gathering of a strip of fabric. (Essentially, it makes the fabric ripple, like it tasted something sour). We tend to use it in the context of "ruching," pronounced roo-shing: "The rushing on the dress was just divine."
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    Piping
    Piping is a kind of fabric trim. It often covers seams. Think of it like decorative icing.
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    Box Pleats
    Per the technical sewing definition, these are "formed when two equal folds of fabric are folded away from each other in opposite directions on the front of a length of fabric." (Thank you, Sew4Home.com). But if we're just talking Man Repeller to Man Repeller, it's school girl skirt pleating.
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    Accordion Pleats
    Pleats that resemble an accordion!
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    Bodice
    Ok technically a bodice is the part of a woman's dress or shirt above the waist that doesn't include the sleeves, like a vest. A bodice is also kind of a vest. BUT WHEN WE SAY IT we tend to mean something with more of a corset effect.
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    Yoke
    A yoke, in its most basic explanation, is a panel of fabric that goes across the shoulders. In sewing, it helps add structure to the fabric sewn below it. Though it's not excluded to this thought process (nor is it excluded to tops alone). We most typically think of yoking when it comes to cowboy shirts.
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    Appliqué
    An appliqué is technically just something applied to another something for the purpose of decoration. Like a panther patch on a sweater.
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    Pussy Bow
    A big ass neck bow.
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    Plumage
    Pronounced ploo-midge, plumage is the fashion term for a ton of feathers.
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    Crochet
    Crochet fabric doesn't mean a knit fabric. Oh no, friends. In knitting you keep certain stitches open as you go. With crochet, you tie up all loose ends before moving on to the next loop. It's like type-A-plus knitting. (But it's not knitting.) And it's done with a crochet needle.
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    Macramé
    Macramé is like knitting or weaving but instead of knitting or weaving you tie knot. Sailors would be all about that macramé life if they were also in the business of making garments. It's pronounced mac-ruh-may, sort of like a Southern belle's name.
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    Brocade
    The I-googled-it definition of brocade is "a rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread."
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    Jacquard
    Jacquard a kind of fabric made on a loom with something *called* a jacquard, which is device that weaves intricate patterns using cards with holes in them that the various threads go through. If you're wondering how to pronounce jacquard, it's jack-card
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    Bias Cut
    When we say something is bias cut, or cut on the bias, what that means is the fabric has been cut to fall diagonally as opposed to straight up-and-down, like a sheath. Bias cut helps to make dresses cling and hug body curves.
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    A-line
    A-line skirts and dresses are nice and easy to explain: they're shaped like the letter A with the top cut off.
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    Asymmetrical
    Last but not least (especially since we're likely to add more as life goes on): asymmetrical means not symmetrical, AKA uneven, like your FACE! But seriously no one's face is symmetrical, so designers probably figure: why should your clothes be?