Fashion Idioms & Vocabulary

Are you a fashionista? A fashionista is a slang term for people who like fashion. It can be anyone: a supermodel, a fashion designer or even an ILAC student who loves to wear something stylish and fashionable.

In honour of New York Fashion Week, we have collected photos of our trendy students and some fashion vocabulary and idioms that can be used in your everyday speech and conversation.

Fashion Vocabulary

Garments – another word for items of clothes, apparels.
Accessories – things (bags, belts or jewellery) that can be added to your outfit to make it more attractive and stylish.
Lingerie – women’s underwear, undergarments.
Fashion victim – a person who wears popular trends and looks really ridiculous because he/she ends up looking like a store mannequin.
Baggy – wide-legged pants or loose-fitting shirts/blouses.

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Catwalk or runway – a narrow flat platform, used by models to present designer clothes. Clothes stall – a booth displaying clothes in a market. Fashion icon – someone or something who is very well known as an example of style and high fashion. Must-haves – highly essential clothes that you must have in your wardrobe this season. Clothing must-haves also comprise the essentials of your wardrobe. 

Fashion idioms and expressions:

To have a sense of style – to know what looks good on you and have your own style and taste.
To be old-fashioned – to wear clothes or do something that is no longer in style.
Strike a pose – to take a particular posture in order to impress. You can strike a pose for the camera.
To be dressed to kill – wear something with an intention to stand out/impress people and be noticed.

To have an eye for fashion – to have a good taste and know what is “in fashion” and what is not.
Dress for the occasion – to wear something in the right place at the right time. Not to wear short skirt to church or bathing suit to a wedding (unless you are in Miami).
To be well dressed – attired in clothing that is of fashionable, expensive and properly fitted.


Alena Khabibullina