Fashion Police Glossary

Fashion Police Glossary: “Meggings” – male leggings

A couple of weeks ago, it was brought to our attention that ASOS.com is currently trying to encourage men to wear leggings: and no, we don’t mean “under trousers, when it’s really cold” or “under shorts, for long-distance running”, we mean every day. As fashion items. Now, in the spirit of equal opportunity, The Fashion Police would have to say we can see no reason why men shouldn’t wear leggings if they so desire. If men DO want to wear leggings, however, we think they should abide by the same basic “rule” we ask women to observe. Yes, we’re talking about the Leggings Are Not Pants rule. Guys, this applies to you, too. Please don’t wear them as pants. It’s…

Fashion Police Glossary: the Shacket(t)

Rocha John Rocha Navy dual shackett jacket, £65 at Debenhams Nope, not a “sheer jacket”, as per the usual pattern of Fashion Police terminology, but a jacket that shares elements in common with a shirt. A shirt-jacket. A shacket, see? Shacket: A cross between a shirt and a jacket, similar to the apparel of a builder’s. With us so far? Because this is where things began to get confusing over at Fashion Police HQ… River Island’s brown (really?) chiffon (perhaps…) flower (so that’s what they are!) shackett (hmmph): £39.99, available here, and also in white. Ignoring everything that’s wrong with the description of this piece (not to mention the spelling of “shackett”) can anyone inform us which parts of it…

Glossary: UK and American English fashion terminology explained

You say tomAYto, we say tomAHto… readers, let’s just call the whole thing off, OK? OK, so maybe not. There are so many differences between UK and American English when it comes to fashion, though, that it can get mighty confusing sometimes, so we’ve rounded up some of the most commonly confused terms below, to try and shed some light on things. Of course, just to make things even MORE confusing than they already were, there are regional differences in terminology in both countries, and the word you use for a certain item can depend, not only on what part of the world you’re from, but where exactly you live, what kind of upbringing you had, and what your family…

Fashion Police Glossary: Fashion Victim

FASHION VICTIM: A fashion victim is someone who rigidly follows fashion, even it means dressing in clothes that don’t suit her, or just look plain ridiculous. Fashion Victims often look like they’ve been “victimised” by various fashion trends or brands, as in the image above, in which poor Daniella Westbrook took a sound beating from the Burberry stick. Fashion Victims are the people the glossy magazines aim all of those “How are YOU going to wear this season’s sheer harem jumpsuit?” articles at. The rest of us would simply shrug and say, “Er, we’re NOT going to wear them. Because they’re sheer, harem jumpsuits, you know?” The Fashion Victim, on the other hand, takes the advice to heart. She wears…

Fashion Police Glossary: The Shrop – a sheer top

 Is this a sweatshirt or is it lingerie?  Can we call it a shrop (sheer-top)? The existence of the “shrop” begs many questions. If it’s a sweatshirt, why is it see-through?  If it’s lingerie, why does it have thick sweatshirt sleeves?  In case your arms get cold?  The sheer section is silk, and therefore the entire garment is dry clean only.  Not exactly conducive to gym wear, dry clean only items, are they?  Another thing not conducive to gym wear (or lingerie for that matter) is the price tag.  Be grateful it is in the sale and is reduced to $298.  It formerly cost $425. What do you think though readers?  Is this just the job for your next workout? …

Fashion Police Glossary: The Dress-Like-a-Toddler Trend

The Dress Like a Toddler Trend is a fashion movement which, although not particularly widespread, has still proved to be popular with some people. Some people who feel that adults should dress like toddlers, that is. A large part of the Dress Like a Toddler Trend involves the wearing of adult onesies: These guys think they look really cute, quirky, and, like, totally adorable. They don’t have girlfriends. If they were in the comfort of their own home, it might be OK. (Unless, of course, they were hoping to get lucky that night, if you know what we mean). We’re not saying you can’t ever choose comfort over style, you see: we’re just saying that when you’re wearing the same…

Fashion Police Glossary: Sock Horror – a hosiery-related horror

(Our post earlier today about Christian Dior’s $500 socks reminded us to continue updating our Fashion Police Glossary, explaining some of the terms used on the blog. We resume today, then, with the definition of a SOCK HORROR.) A SOCK HORROR, it goes almost without saying, is some kind of sartorial disaster involving socks, tights, or some other form of hosiery. It could be that the socks are kinda ugly, like Bebaroque’s fringed thigh-highs:

Skirt + Capri = Skapri

Fashion Police Glossary: Skapris – the alliance of skirts and capris

Now, we’re not saying these are a crime of fashion, exactly. They’re sportswear, after all, and we can kinda see how you’d prefer to have your ladybits covered while wearing tight capri pants, even if it does mean involving yourself in the shady world of stuck together clothes. No comment on the item of clothing itself, then, but, in the interests of keeping our Glossary up-to-date, we thought it was worth noting that a new word has entered the fashion lexicon, and that word is “Skapri”. As you can see above, a “skapri” is what you get when you stick a skirt to a pair of capri pants: cunning, no? Well, we guess it’s only appropriate that stuck-together-clothes have a name…

Five Fashion Phrases We Hate: feel free to add your own

The fashion world, like any other industry, is full of its own little phrases and buzzwords: in fact, there are so many of them that we had to start developing a glossary. Of course, some of these terms are great, while others… aren’t. Some even start off sounding great, but gradually become irritating through sheer repetition. Here are five of the phrases that we currently wish we could send to jail*. Feel free to add your own in the comments box!

Fashion Police Glossary: Shell suits

When we posted about the UK's Worst Fashion Crimes yesterday, a couple of you said you weren't sure what "shell suits" were – and, of course, you wouldn't as these were mostly a British phenomenon, with the US being mercifully spared the worst of it, as far as we're aware. The Shell Suit came to fashion prominence in- when else? – the 80s and is so far one of the few trends from that decade that has yet to be revived by over-enthusiastic fashion designers. This is something we're really, really glad about, because as the image above shows, Shell Suits were nylon-coated track pants and zip up tops, usually designed in the most garish colours possible (this one is…

Fashion Police Glossary: Bandals (a cross between boots and sandals)

They say you learn something every day, and today The Fashion Police learned that the strange boot/sandal hybrids we've been seeing so much of in the fashion world recently actually have a name. They're called bandals. (Boot/sandals. You see what they did there?) Yes, the same fashion writers (or at least, we'd assume it was the same ones) who brought us the terms "jeggings" and "shants" have done it again, cunningly mashing two words together, in roughly the same way Office must have mashed a boot and flip-flop together to create these 'Harp' thong booties. Sorry, we mean bandals. So now you know, folks. Now you know.

Fashion Police Glossary: Daylight Robbery

Continuing in our occasional series in which we provide definitions of some of the terms used here at The Fashion Police, we bring you the very embodiment of the term “Daylight Robbery“, in the shape of the cropped jersey trousers you see to the left. Daylight Robbery offences are distinct from crimes of fashion in that the items concerned are not always ugly (although some are, of course). Take these trousers. No, they’re not the most exciting items in the world – they’re a little saggy and sad looking, but they’re the kind of thing you might wear around the house if you just wanted to be comfortable and relax. But they’re £255 / $370. Not a huge amount of…

Fashion Police Glossary: “Shress”

Definition: In the language we like to think of as “fashion-speak”, a “shress” is simply a sheer dress. Sheer dress = “shress”. See what they did there? (See also: “Shants“) The “shress” first came to the notice of the Fashion Police in the 2007/2008 season, when various designers (Dior, Christopher Kane, etc)  began parading them down their runways. Clearly these designers were (mostly) just having a laugh, but some retailers decided to take the so-called “trend” seriously, and tried to flog the “shresses” to unsuspecting buyers, thus creating an “Emperor’s New Clothes” type scenario in which people would be expected to pay a small fortune for… well, nothing really. And still it goes on. The Fashion Police have yet to…

What are Jeggings? – a.k.a. jean leggings

Things are getting out of hand in the world of “words invented by fashion writers”, aren’t they? We’ve had “shants” (“sheer pants”, to the uninitiated), “shresses” (sheer dresses) and, of course “treggings” (a cross between trousers and leggings), and now the good folks at ASOS.com* have been at it again, using the terms “jegging” to denote a cross between leggings and jeans. Why yes, that IS the same thing as “denim leggings”, now you mention it, and actually, they’re not a kick in the ass off a little something we at The Fashion Police like to call “skinny jeans”, either. We have no particular beef with the leggings themselves: we learned to accept leggings a while ago, and as we…

Fashion Police Glossary: Impostor Footwear

Impostor Footwear: the Fashion Police cells are absolutely full of it, but what is it, we hear you ask? Impostor Footwear is exactly what the name suggests: shoes, boots and socks that are all pretending to be something they’re not. In other words: impostors. Into this category go the Boots-Pretending-to-Be-Shoes, the Socks-Pretending-to-Be-Boots, and everything in between. Although some forms of Impostor Footwear can look perfectly fine, the truth is that most Footwear Impostors are also Fashion Criminals, so we’ve included a Rogue’s Gallery of them under the jump, to help you identify the miscreants, should the need arise…

Fashion Police Glossary: Shants

  Word: Shants (noun): from the term “sheer pants” and referring to a pair of pants (or trousers, if you’re in the UK), which are are totally sheer. Crime of Fashion? Oh hell, yes: in fact, we’d venture to suggest that shants are one of the biggest fashion crimes out there. Take a look under the jump if you don’t believe us…