If Duke Ellington’s croon, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” is to be believed, a garment is zilch without a few godets. These triangular fabric insets—which can be of the same or different material as the whole of a garment, depending on the desired effect—give a skirt the liveliest swing possible. Commonly placed midway down a skirt or near its bottom, godets create a shape that melts over the hips before flaring out with increasing vehemence. And, with the freedom of movement provided by these insets, a gal can swing or salsa or shimmy the night away in perfect ease!
Is this a new term for your mental dictionary, or has “godet” always been a go-to term for you?