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 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!

The Betsey Johnson Repeated Success Dress above and the Wrapped Around Your Finger Dress are two prime examples of dresses that are on the ‘godet!’

Is this a new term for your mental dictionary, or has “godet” always been a go-to term for you?


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    Katie 11/10/2010 at 1:13 pm #

    new term! little did i know, godet’s help balance out my shape!

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    Corinna Marcia 11/10/2010 at 1:22 pm #

    So excited to learn this new term! My favorite store-bought skirt has godets, and I didn’t know what they were/how to draft them for a pattern. Now I do! (After googling the term, that is)Thanks!

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    Chelsea Rae 11/10/2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Is this the word I need to be using when describing my perfect skirt? I swear, full, swingy, circle skirt wasn’t really working out. Godets, godets…I must commit this term to memory!

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    Laura V. (ModCloth) 11/11/2010 at 2:18 pm #

    I love how short and sweet the Fashion Dictionary posts are — straight to the point, meaning instant new facts to share with fellow fashionable friends! Very helpful!

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    Abbie 11/13/2010 at 7:34 pm #


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