Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gentleman Glossary | Clothing

Here are a few terms from the realm of dress that have entered my vocabulary since this project began. I almost feel comfortable using them in regular conversation without feeling like a prick.

Bespoke [adj] (of goods, esp. clothing) made to order: a bespoke suit

Foulard [noun] a thin, soft material of silk, with a printed pattern. Used typically for ties and handkercheifs.

Herringbone [noun/adj] an arrangement or design consisting of columns of short parallel lines, with all the lines in one column sloping one way and all the lines in the next column sloping the other way. Used esp. in the weave of cloth.

Madder [noun/adj] a dye from an Asian plant that when applied to silk material creates a dusty muted appearance. A classic English madder silk tie.

Oxford [noun] 1. a type of lace-up shoe with a low heal. 2. a heavy cotton cloth chiefly used to make shirts. Oxford cloth button down

Poplin [noun] a plain-woven fabric, typically a lightweight cotton, with a corded surface.

Sartorial [adj] of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress

Tartan [noun] a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid. Esp. of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan.

Tweed [noun] a rough-surfaced woolen cloth, typically of mixed flecked colors. Originally produced in Scotland.

Twill [noun] a fabric so woven as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges.

Worsted [noun/adj] a fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool. • Fabric made from such yarn, have a close-textured surface with no nap: a worsted suit

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