15 Must-Know Words If You Are a Fashionista in the Making!

15 Must-Know Words If You Are a Fashionista in the Making!
If you ever heard “fruit salad”, you would probably expect a bowl of cut fruits with dressing, right? Or let’s say if someone mentions "dope", you would probably imagine a highly inebriated teenager lurking somewhere nearby. What if we tell you that if you were a fashionista, these words would ring completely differently? Sounds bizarre? Then it is time for a quick lesson in fashion buzzwords. Here’s a list of 15 fashion terms that will definitely help in combating that blank look, the next time your fashionista friend throws some jargon around.

1. Ferosh

A combination of "fierce" and "ferociousness", this is a term popularized by Project Runway’s Christian Siriano.Pronounced: Fe-rosh. Usage: “The new collection at Mango is absolutely ferosh!”

2. Boyfriend


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We’re talking clothes, ladies, clothes. Boyfriend is not limited to only boyfriend jeans or blazers. It is defined as any style of women’s clothing that was modified from a corresponding men's garment. They are often more unisex or looser in fit than most women’s garments, though still designed for the female form. The origin of boyfriend fashion is literally borrowing and wearing one’s boyfriend’s clothes − his band tees, his blazers, etc. Usage: “Absolutely love the boyfriend blazers Kim K sports!”

3. Flou

Short for fluorescent. Usage: “Flou is so last season!” Not to be confused with “flow”.

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4. Fruit Salad

A cocktail of mixed prints that are big and bold. Can also mean the use of fruit prints on apparel. Usage: “The fruit salad trend is not for the faint-hearted.”

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5. Outrè

Something that is overdone, excessive or exaggerated. Can also mean quirky and eccentric. Pronounced: O-tre. Usage: “Lady Gaga"s is known for outrè sartorial choices and antics.”

6. Swag

Appearance, style or the way someone presents themselves. Is also synonymous with being cool. Pronounced: Ss-wag, popularly an exaggerated sssss-waaag and fist pump! Usage: “So I just won two tickets to the game. Swag!”

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7. Skort

Combination of a skirt and shorts, usually with a flap over the front to give the illusion of skirt up front, but divided at the leg as shorts. Pronounced: S-kort. Usage: “Because of the comfort factor, skorts are very popular with female tennis players.”

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8. Pop-Up Shop

A pop-up shop is a venue that is temporary. The trend involves “popping up” one day, then disappearing, anytime from the next day to several weeks later. It can be a temporary brick-and-mortar or online store. Usage: “Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop was one of the first stores to spark this trend in India.”

9. Trainwreck

A chaotic and disastrous situation. Usage: “Neha walked into the office, two hours late and looking completely like a trainwreck.”

10. Prune

A garment that is sewn poorly and looks like a shriveled-up prune because the fabric is all wrinkly and crumpled. Usage: “Sorry, those pants are a prune, they do nothing for you!”

11. Lookbook

A lookbook is a collection of photographs compiled to present a model, a photographer, a style, or a clothing line. Lookbooks are especially popular with fashion bloggers, who model looks in order to give viewers ideas on how to style outfits. Usage: “I can spend hours on fashion blog lookbooks!”

12. Dope

Used to describe something that is excellent. Usage: “That outfit is dope!”

13. Hero

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It’s that one thing that’s going to take your outfit from zero to 100. It could a statement clutch or a statement necklace. The hero accessory is just another term for the season’s must-have item. Usage: “Statement necklaces are this season’s heroes, revitalizing everything from dresses to white shirts!”

14. Normcore

It is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, average-looking clothing. The term combines the words “normal” and “hardcore.” Normcore wearers are people who do not wish to distinguish themselves from others by their clothing. Usage: “Her style statement is so normcore.”

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15. Trickle-Up Trend

Fashion trends that start “on the street”, and make their way into high fashion. Usage: “The punk-look of 1970s spread in the fashion world like wildfire. Designers like Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier were known to use punk as their inspiration, still seen on the runways today. Punk is the original trickle-up trend.”

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Definitions from Wikipedia.

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