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' Fashion' language

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Mendi Tue 19-Feb-13 20:23:02

Flicking through Grazia which arrived today because my ex-boyfriend has clearly not realised he's still paying the subscription which just renewed.

WTF is 'a knit'? Is it a jumper? A cardi? A sleeveless top? Or is the only thing that matters the fact that it was 'a Celine knit'?

While I'm on the subject, what is 'a trouser'?? Just one leg?

Xenia Sun 28-Apr-13 12:00:56

ArethaSnellHutt Fri 01-Mar-13 23:11:28

In town yesterday walking past Burtons, massive sticker in the window advertising "The Baseball Sweat" made me heave!

Snog Wed 27-Feb-13 19:01:29

I often go out for dinner straight from work and never change my outfit to do this. I need serious help.

FunnyLittleFrog Sun 24-Feb-13 17:54:18

I like Jess Carter thingy...

'There is a woeful paucity of role models in the important skill of teaming a 60-denier opaque with an interesting outfit'


CocoNutter Sun 24-Feb-13 17:06:03

I love Mumsnet. It's full of mostly normal, sensible people for whom the use of 'tee' and 'knit' is just as irritating as it is for me grin

Earhat Sun 24-Feb-13 16:45:22

Also - Fit Flops, really?

Earhat Sun 24-Feb-13 15:57:51

I am currently sporting a twosie, a trouser and a knit thrown together over a 'bod' which will no doubt be called upon to 'spring into detox' in order to get 'bikini ready' so I can rock my abs on Richard Branson's Island later in the year.

In the meantime I will be 'piling on supersize chic layers and a pair of killing, sorry killer, heals to walk the dog (who will sit in my Mulbury Cara, Alexa, Captain Ahura hand bag). Caio x

RedPencils Sun 24-Feb-13 13:34:18

I don't think the ivy would let me in wearing my work uniform. Infection control and all that grin
When I was a single girl in my 20's an worked in city centre I often used to go out straight after work. We used to take going out clothes and get ready in the loos all afternoon just after work. Why would you go out in your normal office clothes?

magazinefiend Sun 24-Feb-13 13:27:34

And why does anything leather have to be described as 'buttersoft"...

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sun 24-Feb-13 12:11:02

How many people actually do office to dinner?
I don't think the ivy would let me in wearing my work uniform. Infection control and all that

PretzelTime Sun 24-Feb-13 11:03:45

A stylish bow you put on your kitten if you live in a posh Victorian household.

Minimammoth Sat 23-Feb-13 23:41:28

And what exactly is a 'pussy cat' bow.

Snog Sat 23-Feb-13 19:04:24

I'm no fashionista but I LOVE fashion speak just because the language is entertaining.
The exception for me is "piece" and "investment dressing" which are overdone and quite w@ank imo
As for "channelling" - do you guys not channel other people on a daily basis, be it about clothes or language or attitude etc? Are you just yourself, ALL DAY?
Quel ennui
I bore myself too much to just be myself

speedyboots Sat 23-Feb-13 14:38:08



florascotia Sat 23-Feb-13 14:34:52

What about 'ditsy' ?? When - and why - did it stop meaning 'endearingly scatter-brained or eccentric' (describing a person) and start to be used for fabrics featuring lots of small flowers? As in 'a ditsy print'.

And why is it used ALL THE TIME....? For any small pattern, on anything, it seems.

PretzelTime Sat 23-Feb-13 14:05:54

I think that would be called an off-season vintage collection wink

RedPencils Sat 23-Feb-13 13:26:33

So a bin bag full of old stuff shoved in the loft isnt a 'curated collection of pieces' then?

PretzelTime Sat 23-Feb-13 12:49:34

I assume "curate" means that you are careful with what you keep and display in your collection - well, what you have in your wardrobe.

ujjayi Sat 23-Feb-13 12:03:39

Redpencils I fully support your definition of "sourced".

I cannot stand the term "curated" being used in fashion. Unless you are putting together an exhibition for the V&A, you just bought stuff.

Mrsrobertduvall Sat 23-Feb-13 11:20:19

I do not understand luxe at all.

Dd 16 came down this morning channelling a chiffon blouse.
She opened the door, felt the icy blast from Russia and is now sensibly wearing layers and a hoody.

RedPencils Sat 23-Feb-13 11:19:02

'sourced from' - I loathe that term about anything. I saw a thread on here talking about Christmas presents and someone was talking about sourcing lego. ffs you can buy it in Asda.
Now, if you've taken the trouble to track down a Himalayn goat herd, bartered for its wool and then tracked down a Nepalese weaver to hand tie your rug, I'll give you 'sourcing'. Not if you've just spent half an hour on the internet and buying a rug from a shop in Birmingham.

fridgepants Sat 23-Feb-13 11:12:35

Oh, this is more a beauty blog thing than a print thing - so far - but I hate 'haul' ie. 'stuff I bought from the shops'

fridgepants Sat 23-Feb-13 11:11:27

'Boyfriend jeans' only work if you're wee - if, like me, you are the height of an average man, they just look silly and unflattering.

reminds me of when I pulled on my ex's jeans accidentally when heading to the loo and three inches of leg stuck out the end. I looked like Robinson Crusoe. Poor guy already had a Napoleon complex...

merrymouse Sat 23-Feb-13 09:53:13

I think this might be more interior magazines than fashion magazines, but I hate 'sourced from' when they mean 'bought from'.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Fri 22-Feb-13 22:14:17

The obvious response to Meryl/Miranda's "put down" is "so fucking what." choosing sweaters for people isn't power. It's just choosing sweaters. i do it for my kids every day. Only morons think this is matters. I like to look nice as much as anyone, but "fashion people" thinking they're important make me laugh.

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