Here is the second part of my Fashion Dictionary! Hope you enjoyed previous chapter and if you missed it, you can read all terms in this post. Next part of the Fashion Dictionary will be on my blog on Tuesday, so stay tuned!





Dandy - a man who dresses fashionably and places importance upon physical appearance. He promotes himself. The word ‘Dandy’ was originally a version of ‘Andrew’. Style of dandy – suits, vests, walking sticks, lorgnettes etc.


Diadem – a type of crown, specially an ornamental headband worn as a symbol of royalty.


Diamond neck - a diamond-shaped cutout that fastens at the front or back neckline.


Dirndl skirt - a wide skirt with a fitted waistline, that falls below the knee.


Dress – code - written or unwritten rules with regard to clothing.


Dropped shoulders - shoulder or sleeve that seams falling off the shoulder.


Dropped waist/low waist – a waistline that is sewn below the body’s natural waistline.


Double-breasted – clothes with two parallel columns of buttons.


Dupioni – a plain crisp type of silk fabric, similar to shantung, but slightly thicker, heavier, and with a greater slub count.





Elegance – a synonym for beauty that has come to acquire the additional connotations of unusual effectiveness and simplicity.


Embroidery - an embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn into the fabric to create a design. Embroidery may be done either by hand or machine.


Emphasis – underlining of any element of clothes to which it is necessary to pay attention, by means of design features (for example, a big collar), colors, accessories, etc.


Empire seams – a seam that is sewn directly below the bust line.


Empire waist – location of the waistline just under the bust line. The name of this style comes from the high-waisted styles popular during the reign of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.


Epaulets – a type of ornamental shoulder decoration used as insignia of rank by armed forces and other organizations.


Espadrille – a flexible sole made entirely of jute rope or a similar synthetic material.





Fagoting – an embroidery produced by pulling out horizontal threads from a fabric and tying the remaining cross threads into groups of an hourglass shape.


Faux fur - material made of synthetic fibers designed to resemble fur, normally as a part of a piece of clothing. Faux fur was introduced for the first time in 1929 and has been commercially available since the 1950s.


Filigree – a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork, usually silver or gold, made with the addition of tiny beads. It often suggests lace and remains popular in Indian and other Asian metalwork.


Fishtail train – fitted around the hips and flares out from the knee to the hemline.


Fitted point sleeve – a long, narrow sleeve that ends in a point resting against the back of the hand.


Flannel - a soft woven fabric, was originally made from carded wool, but is now made from either wool, cotton or synthetic fibre.


Fleece – a soft, bulky, deep-piled knitted or woven fabric.


Foil – a thin piece of material put under another material to add color or brilliance.


Form-fitting - an article of clothing that tightly follows the contours of the part of the body being covered.

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  • Ally

    I love this idea of a fashion dictionary! There’s definitely a few up there I didn’t know before. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren-lee Grace

    Love this! I love learning words and I can actually put these to use. Great post!
    xo, Lauren-lee

  • Oh K.

    Oh my gosh I love this idea! So educational. Very creative :) / creative + lifestyle blog

  • camillekwynn

    Such a fun idea girl! Love this. I felt like I would know most of them but was surprised to learn a few newbies. Fun! xo, Camille

    The Lovely Theory

  • Eleanor Humphries

    This is such an interesting post, beautiful images too x
    eleanor’s adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • the|avantguardian

    Great way to update my fashion vocabulary. Some words I really didn’t know!

    Great post!

  • Lizlizo

    I love this Diana, I’m actually getting a fashion education on here. Now I just need to use the words ‘Dirndl skirt’ in my life. Thanks!

    Liz Lizo

  • Nicole

    This dictionary is adorable! I love it and I learned a few terms by reading it :)


  • Melania

    A post very interesting! I have learned a lot of new words :)

    Mode in Technicolor

  • Left Bank Girl

    I love all these, you did a great job! Nice photos to accompany it

  • Laura

    Great post, very helpful as I’m not too clued up on my fashion terminology xxx

  • Nidhi

    This is the best thing ever! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the letters!

    An Unblurred Lady

  • Tiffany Griffin

    Ok I seriously am IN LOVE with your blog! xx

  • Mieke Beelen

    Love this, Can’t wait for the 3rd part!

    x Mieke

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  • Linda Libra Loca

    This is like a foreign language to me. Thanks for translating.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • valeriesdays

    you are really a fashion Expert, dear ! Nice post ;)

  • Ashley White

    Love this! AND I learned what a dupioni is! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Maireem Maneje

    Like this post. It is very helpful :)

  • Bibi

    I like that kind of post Diana,it’s so informative thanks for sharing :)

  • Xenia S.

    I love this post! Always good to know what exactly those fashion expressions mean :)

    xo Xenia
    Xenia’s Boudoir

  • Diana Gavrilina

    Like this directory! Love the prada leather skirts x

  • Hari Rari

    Useful post, I’ve learned some new words ^^

  • Eleonora

    I love your fashion idea! <3


  • María Alejandra Aristizábal

    This is a great idea, Diana! The pictures are stunning.

  • Fashion Phases

    Thanks for sharing the fashion dictionary with us, love the fashion pictures and your website is gorgeous :)

  • Audrey

    Interesting post! I learned a lot of new fashion terms today. Your blog is beautifully organized. (^ ^)

  • Sukriti Dahiya

    This is such a good series. Very informative!

  • Sabrina @ Kiss & Ride

    This is actually super useful! I didn’t even realize how few fashion terms I knew haha

  • Ellie

    Another great post! It’s funny how so many words on the fashion world come from the french!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award on my blog :)

    Ellie from

  • Say Cheesy Cake

    I’m glad part 2 is here. I love the Filigree, something new learned today. Thank you. xxx

    Jo | Say Cheesy Cake
    Say Cheesy Cake on Bloglovin

  • Ann

    I am so enjoying this post
    plus I am really learning a lot.♥

  • Izzy K

    This is such a creative blog post xxx

  • Emilia

    Great post. I need to learn all these words and their meanings :)

  • Fashion Mixed With Sounds

    This is really helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this! Learned some great things already!

  • Rhea Et Cetera

    love these! thanks for posting! :)

    <3 rhea @

  • Kelly

    Awesome post babe I love this!!! Your blog is amazing and polished xo

  • Anna Proffitt

    What a great post! Definitely all fashion word essentials xx



  • Leonor

    I love your blog :) and this post is so awesome, thanks to share :)


  • Yoanne Mobengo

    i love all your picture and the way u build ur articles.

  • Natasa T

    great post. i learned a few new words.

  • nuriel shechtman
  • Lux @ About Life and Love

    Beautiful photos.

  • Nissi Mendes

    Wow!! What a Inspirations!! Love that
    ♥ Nissi

  • Mary Mar

    Thank you so much for the info! This is such a great information! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lauren at adornlafemme

    Hi Diana,

    Thank you for this fab post and dictionary! I now know what a “foil” is!! Love the photo of the socks showing at the top of the boots!



    adorn la femme