A-Line- A dress of skirt that is narrower at the top, flaring gently wider toward the bottom this resembling the letter “A.”

Almond Toe Shoe- A shoe where the upper portion is closed, and comes to a soft point when viewed from the top.  This shoe is generally not elongated like a pointed toe shoe.

Ankle Boot- A boot where the upper portion is closed in the front, back, and sides, and covers both the foot and the ankle bone.

Ankle Strap- A strap that completely encircles the ankle, generally closed with a buckle or tie; not to be confused with the slingback which goes around the back if the ankle only.

Ankle Wrap/Ankle Tie- A longer strap, mostly a ribbon like material, which is wrapped several times around the ankle and/or lower calf, and tied to fasten.


Ballet Slipper- A shoe where the upper portion is soft, flexible material, with an elasticized edge, and bow at the top of the toes.  This shoe is very similar to a traditional ballerina’s slipper.

Ball gown- A type of long dress that is fitted at the bodice, with a very full skirt.

Bandeau/Tube Top– A band-shaped covering for the breast

Basque Waist– A low “U” or “V” silhouette.

Batwing Sleeve– Also called a Dolman Sleeve.  This style is cut very large at the armhole and extends to almost the waist where it is then tapered.

Blazer- A long-sleeved sports jacket open at the front.

Bolero Jacket- A loose, waist-length jacket open at the front.

Boot Cut- A pant style that is tapered at the knee and very subtly flares out to accommodate the bulk of a boot.

Bootie- A shoe where the upper portion is closed in the front, back, and sides, and covers the foot entirely up to the ankle bone.


Camisole- A short, sleeveless garment for women.

Capri Pants- Also known as Peddle Pushers. Slim-Fit pants that range from knee length to lower calf.

Cardigan Jacket– A usually collarless sweater or jacket that opens the full length of the center front.

Cargo- Characterized by sporting a large pocket, usually with a flap and a pleat.

Carpenter Pants/Shorts- Five-pocket characterized by a “hammer holder,” a strength of material connecting the outside seam to the back pocket.

Chalk Stripe- A broad vertical stripe.

Chemise/Skimmer- Simply a straight unbelted dress with varying sleeves and length.

Cheongsam- A traditional dress worn by Chinese women, defined by a high collar, long length (usually mid-calf length) and button or frog closure near the shoulder.  This fitted dress is often made of shimmering silk or embroidered satin.

Chunky Heel- A “chunky heel” is wide where it connects to the sole of a shoe, and the width remains uniform or only decreases slightly from top to bottom.

Coat Dress: A tailored dress featuring button, toggle and tie closures similar to those found on outerwear.  This dress is often made in materials similar to those found in suits (wool, wool blends, and menswear prints.)

Column Skirt/Straight Skirt- Also referred to as a pencil skirt, this skirt is a line with no flare or fullness at the hem or waistline.

Cone Heel- A “cone heel” is wide where it connects to the sole of a shoe, and narrows significantly to the point where it reaches the ground.  This heel resembles the shape of an upright ice-cream cone, or upside-down triangle.

Corset- A form-fitting, usually strapless bodice with either laces or snap closures.

Covered Heel- A “covered heel” is any heel shape that is wrapped in the same material as the upper portion of the shoe.  Most high-end shoes have a covered heel.

Cowboy Heel- A “cowboy heel” when viewed from the side, the front face of the heel is perpendicular to the ground, while the back face of the heel is angled, beginning at the rear of the shoe and slanting forward towards the front of the shoe from top to bottom.

Cowl Neck- A neckline featuring a piece of material attached to garment at  the neck, which may be used as a hood or draped loosely in a swag from shoulder to shoulder at the front neckline or back.

Crew Neck- A round neck with ribbed banding that fits close to the base of the neck.

Crisscross Strap- A shoe strap that forms an “X” shape across the foot.

Cropped Pants- Short pants, generally around ankle length.

Cropped Top/Jacket- Hem is cut just above the waist.

Cuban Heel- A “cuban heel” is a “chunky” four-sided heel where the front remains relatively uniform while the back tapers modestly from top to bottom.


Diamond Neck- A diamond-shaped cutout that fastens at the front or back neckline.

D’Orsay Shoe- A shoe where the upper portion is cut away on either one or both sides of the foot.  The front or back of the upper portion may be open or closed.

Double-Breasted- Having one-half of the front lapped over the other, and usually has a double row of buttons and a single row of buttonholes.


Empire Waist- A dress or shirt where the waist is raised above the natural waistline, sometimes as high as right below the bust.

Espadrille Sole- A flexible sole made entirely of jute rope or a similar synthetic material.  This type of sole is usually coupled with a “wedge” heel because of the flexible nature of the material used.  This style is very popular in spring and summer footwear.