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Style Glossary: Sparkle Your Imagination—And Your Wardrobe

On New Years, your champagne probably won’t be the only think sparkling—your dress likely will be too. But, have you even taken a moment to sit down and say, “Gee, sparkly things on my dress, thanks for making me look …

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Style Glossary: Basque in the Beauty of this Waistline

The Stripes Ahoy Dress.

Check out your closet full o’ dresses and we’re betting more than a few of your favorite frocks contain a basque waist. This flattering waistline, with its distinct V- or U-shaped symmetry and magical …

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Style Glossary: Ready, Set, Godet!

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 …

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Style Glossary: Kiltie Fringe

KILTIE AS CHARGED — The Hours in the Library Heel.

The kiltie fringe has been a prominent element of footwear since the mid-19th century, yet most people don’t even know it by name! The distinct, spear-shaped fringe, which typically …

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Style Glossary: Intarsia, Intarsia, Intarsia!

The Posh Paw-berry Mittens.

Does identifying one type of knit from another catch you for a loop? Once you’ve distinguished your textile as a knit vs. a woven, identifying an intarsia garment will be no ‘sweat-er’ as long …

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Style Glossary: Help Your Self-Belt Esteem


The Rose Menagerie Dress.

It’s been one of your eternal questions for some time now, right up there with “What is the meaning of life?” and “Coke or Pepsi?” — what is this term “self-belt” that they sometimes use …

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Style Glossary: The d’Orsay Heel

The Serendipitous Sunday Wedge and Seychelles’ Countdown Heel.

Instead of packing sneakers, we stuff our suitcases to the point of oblivion with heels and sandals we’ll wear maybe once on a trip. We dedicate entire closet shelves to joy-inducing …

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Style Glossary: Waistcoats, Jumpers, and Singlets

Stripe the Good Stripe Top, Basic Cable Sweater, and Dramaturge Vest

It’s a cool, overcast grey morning in England. Without paying much attention to the weather cues around you, you decide to step out in your favorite striped …

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Style Glossary: The Harem Pant

Get low with harem pants like the Fashion Student Pants.

It’s harem time! While they may seem like a recent trend, these long, billowy pants have a history longer than both I Dream of Jeannie and MC Hammer combined. …

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Style Glossary: Knit vs. Weave

Knits and WovensBetween the Can’t Top This Hat and the Fed-aurora Borealis Hat, can you tell which one is knit and which one is woven?

Does the thought of identifying a knit from a woven textile wrap your brain into a …

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Style Glossary: Cascade Collar

If there was ever a collar style to fall for, it’s the cascade collar. This fluttery collar style is pretty easy to pinpoint, but if you must know, a cascade collar is a circular-cut ruffle that is attached to …

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Style Glossary: They’ve Gone Plaid!

Greetings, Modsters! Excuse the Spaceballs reference, but I’m excited! With grunge and retro-inspired fall looks showing up the pages of our favorite glossies, as well …

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Style Glossary: Throw Me a Bone, Here

Once upon a time, the strapless dress was flimsy, structureless, and apt to fall down. Then, along came something called boning, …

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