Style Glossary

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Paillette

A type of sequin. Larger-sized round discs, in plastic or metal, with a hole near the top

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Paisley

A distinctive intricate pattern of curved, feather-shaped figures based on a pine-cone design from India

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Panache

Vertically posed feathers, originally worn on the back of helmets for decoration. Today applied to feathers and other ornament worn applied to head-wear, as well as a flamboyant or confident manner.

Category: Hair Accessories

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Panne velvet

A high luster silk or rayon velvet, which results from pile flattened in one direction

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Pantyhose

A snug, stretchable women's undergarment consisting of underwear and stockings. Very similar to tights, but generally made from a thinner or sheer material.

Category: Tights

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Patchwork

Portions of leather or fabric, in various colors and textures, sewn together to create larger patterned designs.

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Patent (leather)

Leather with a glossy varnished surface, used chiefly for shoes, belts, and purses.

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Patterns

Pattens were protective overshoes worn by men and women from the Middle Ages into the early 1900s. Built of raised wooden or metal soles and adjustable leather straps to hold the wearer's shoes in place, pattens were designed to keep feet free from the perils of unpaved roads.

http://blog.modcloth.com/2010/02/15/patent-worthy-pattens

Category: Shoes | Photo: Echostains Blog, London Gallery Guire

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Pea Coat

A double-breasted coat, traditionally made of wool or wool-blend materials, with prominent lapels, side slash pockets, and large buttons. This classic coat style first appeared in the early 19th century as a military garment.

Category: Coats, Jackets

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Pencil Skirt

A formfitting skirt with a narrow cut and straight hemline which ends at or just below the knees.

Category: Skirts

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Pendant

An ornamental charm hung from a solid fixture, often used decoratively on necklaces. This term also refers to suspended features of Gothic architecture.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pendant

Category: Jewelry, Necklaces

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Peplum

A peplum is a ruffled or flared panel of fabric, which falls just below that natural waistline, adding a playful touch to any garment.

Characterized by an extention of the bodice of a garment below the waistline to create a shaping ruffle (that can be pleated, draped, or flared) that is oh-so-chic. Blouses, coats, and dresses (such as our soon-to-be-iconic Raspberritini Dress) can all feature a peplum waist, and varying cuts and styles of the ruffle have stolen the fashion spotlight for decades (as early as the 1860s!).

http://blog.modcloth.com/2009/07/15/fashion-dictionary-professor-peplum-in-the-library

Category: Dresses, Skirts

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Peter Pan Collar

Peter pan collars are small, flat, rounded collars popular in the early- and mid-20th century.

Characterized by small, rounded ends, this flat collar was originally designed for children's clothing.

http://blog.modcloth.com/2009/06/10/think-pretty-thoughts

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Petticoat

An undergarment worn beneath a skirt, either for warmth, or to give the skirt a more fashionable (usually more voluminous) shape. Also known as an "underskirt".

Category: Intimates

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Piéce de résistance

Outstanding feature or element in a garment's design.

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Pima Cotton

A high-quality cotton of exceptional strength developed in the southwestern United States by the breeding of selected Egyptian cottons.

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Pin

A thin, pointed metal fastener, which may hold parts of a garment together, or be used as a decorative embellishment.

Category: Jewelry

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Pinking

Notched, sawtooth edge applied to interior seems, kitsch, and on shoes as trim. Pinking sheers are also employed in crafting for a similar effect on borders.

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Pintuck Pleat

Pin tuck pleats are tightly concentrated, vertical pleats which typically adorn shirt fronts and dress bodices.

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Piping

Narrow trim, chord, or bias fold used to emphasize edges and seams.

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Placket Neckline

Slit opening at neckline, often edged with facing. Facing may continue around neck or might have a simple collar.

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Platform

Footwear defined by its thick, exaggerated sole. Most commonly associated with the disco era of the 1970s, this style of shoe has been worn throughout history in variations. The term was coined in the mid-1930s.

Category: Shoes

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Pointelle

An open knit pattern, typically in the shape of chevrons.

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Poke Bonnet

A bonnet that's modest in size at the crown, extending into a wide brim that shields sun from the face.

Category: Hats | Photo: Hales Handmades

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Portrait Collar

A wide-lapelled, foldover collar that frames the collarbones and exposes the parts of the shoulders near the neck.

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Postconsumer Material

A product made from remanufactured recyclables after their initial intended uses have been fulfilled. Examples include plastic beverage bottles, which have been processed and used in the making of a new consumer good. Items containing such components typically note their postconsumer content by way of a percentage. Term first used in 1984.

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Pouch

A small, strapless bag, which secures shut. Often used for carrying small personal items such as makeup or writing utensils.

Category: Bags

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Poulaines

Also known as crackowes, these 15th century shoes had toes so long and narrow that they often had to be reinforced with whalebone or tied to the leg with a string so that the wearer could walk.

http://blog.modcloth.com/2010/08/02/top-10-seriously-cool-historic-shoe-styles/

Category: Shoes

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Princess Seam

Long seams found in women's garments, which allow for a contoured fit without the use of darts.

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Pump

Classically, a heeled shoe with closed toe and back, low-cut vamp, and few embellishments (laces, straps, etc.) though varying styles may add accents to the classic silhouette.

Category: Shoes

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