Category: Clothing Glossary

It’s totally OK if dolman sleeves and bodycon sound like words from a foreign language. You don’t need to stand the embarrassment of asking your super-fashion-savvy friend what she, exactly, she means when she says she’s a huge fan of tunics.

Just take a look through our clothing glossary quick guide. And if there are clothing terms you need definitions for that we don’t have, please reach out and let us and we’ll get them written up for you asap.

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Bodycon, short for body-conscious, is a popular style of dress characterized by its stretch, figure-hugging fabric and seductive style designed to show off a woman’s curves. The bodycon dress was first introduced to the fashion scene in the nineties, offering women of all ages a chance to flaunt their bodies instead of hide them under baggy clothes.

See our post about how to wear bodycon.

Wrap Top/Surplice Top: a garment created by cross-wrapping fabrics, sometimes in the front or back and associated with a high/low neckline.
V-Neck/V-Back: an open yoke forming a “V” shape midway down the bodice.
Unitards: a one-piece, tightly fitted garment for the torso, legs and feet, and arms.
Tunic Style: a simple slip on garment usually knee-length or longer worn as an under or outer garment.
Tulle Skirt/Bouffant Gown: A puffed-out, sheer colored skirt often made out of stiffened silk, rayon or nylon net.
Trapeze Top: A top that flares from the bust line out, resembling the shape of a tent.
Tankini: a two piece bathing suit in which the top portion resembles a tank top.
Sweetheart Neck: an open-yoke neckline shaped to form the top half of a heart.
Square Neck: an open-yoke neckline shaped to form a half-square.