Painted Heel- Any heel shape which is painted to match or coordinate with the upper portion; generally found on the lower-end brands as paint tends to flake and chip easily, exposing the underlying color.

Passè– No longer in style.  Faded, in the past.

Peasant Top– A romantic style often characterized with a low neckline, ruffles, or free flowing material.

Peek-a-boo– Any part of a garment that has been cut out to reveal skin.

Peep/Open Toe- A shoe where the upper portion is cut away at the front of the foot, revealing the end of the toes.  The sides and back of the upper portion may be open or closed.

Petticoat- An underskirt usually a little shorter than outer clothing and often made with a ruffled, pleated, or lace edge.

Pointed Toe- A shoe where the upper portion is closed and comes to a sharp, often elongated point when viewed from the top.

Prism Heel- A triangular heel of varying with and height.

Pump- A  shoe where the upper portion is closed at the back and sides of the foot, with a low cut that reveals most of the top of the foot.  A pump can be “open toe”, revealing the toes, or closed toe.

Push-up Jeans- Spandex in the jeans that helps to lift and shape your rear.



Romper- A one-piece garment with the lower part shaped like bloomers.

Round Toe- A shoe where the front of upper portion is closed and has a rounded appearance when viewed from the top.


Sandal- A shoe where the upper portion consists of one or more straps running over the foot and is more open in design then other shoes.

Sarong Skirt- A long cloth which is wrapped around the entire body.

Scoop Neck/Round Neck- A low, U shaped or round neckline.

Shawl Collar- A one-piece collar which is turned down to form a continuous line around the back of the neck to the front.

Sheath- A dress that features a figure-hugging silhouette with a defined waist (no belt or waistband).

Shelf Bra- A bra built into a garment.

Shirt Dress- This dress borrows details from a man’s shirt.  Some of them are: a collar, a button front or cuffed sleeves.  Frequently made up in crisp fabrics like cotton, the shirt dress often has a looser fit with waist definition given by a belt.

Skort- Shorts that have a front covering to resemble a skirt.

Slingback- A shoe where the upper portion is open at the back of the foot, with a thin strap running around the back of the heel, that holds the shoe on the foot.

Spaghetti Strap- Straps on a dress or shirt that are very thin pieces of fabric, resembling “spaghetti”

Split Neck- A round neckline that looks like it has been cut in the center to form a small “V.”

Spool Heel- A heel that is wide at both ends, but narrower in the middle; resembles an hourglass shape when viewed from the back.

Square Neck- An open-yoke neckline shaped in the form of a half square.

Square Toe- A shoe where the front of the upper portion is closed and has a squared appearance when viewed from the top.

Stacked Heel- A wooden heel in which the stacked horizontal layers of wood are visible; popular for spring and summer styles.

Standard Sole- A sole of minimal thickness; extends from the front end of the shoe to the heel and is of even thickness throughout.

Stiletto Heel- A heel that is long, narrow, 2″ and above with a diameter of no more than 0.4″ (1cm) where it reaches the ground; generally round or square shaped.

Straight Legs- Pant legs that are cut an equal width from the waste to ankle.

Sweetheart Neck- A graceful, open yoke, shaped like the top half of a heart.


Tank Top- A short, sleeveless top with wide armholes.

Tankini- A two-piece bathing suit with the upper portion resembling a tank top.

Tapered Legs- Pant legs that become progressively narrower at the ankle.

Tea Length- A gown hemmed to the end of the shin.

Thigh High Boot- The upper portion is closed in the front, back and sides and covers the foot, extending up the leg past the knee to the thigh.

Tres Chic-Very fashionable.

T-Strap- A shoe where a thin strap vertically from the lowest cut portion of the upper portion where it meets the toes to an ankle strap

Tunic- A simple slip-on garment made with or without sleeves and is usually thigh length or longer.  This garment can be belted, worn over or under another garment.

Turtle Neck- A high, close fitting, turnover collar used especially for sweaters.