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The French term means attachment or paraphernalia. Accessories give your outfit the final touch and a personal note. Whether with a crochet bag, a studded belt, a slouched hat, diamond ring or chiffon scarf - decorate and transform your look as you wish.  


Acetate is a plant-based chemical fibre. An advantage of the fine acetate materials is that they are wrinkle free and shrink-resistant. Because of their silk-like quality, they are preferably used for fine linen, dresses, blouses, and linings. 


Actually quite natural: The synthetic fibre acrylic is produced in a synthetic process out of the raw materials coal, lime, and natural oil and gas. Many properties make it so popular for the manufacturing of textiles, such as: It is easy to clean, wrinkle-resistant, durable, stretchable, warming, and moisture repellent. Polyacrylic is used in knitwear, faux fur and, socks. 


Functional clothing used for various sports and leisure activities. 


An all-over print is a print composed of a design that is repeated across the entire surface of a garment. These designs can be woven, knitted, or printed. Sometimes they overlap. 


Appliques are ornaments on garments that are either glued, ironed, or sewn on. The small elements are used for beautification and decoration: Colorful pieces of either leather, felt or cloth, as well as colored stones, feathers, and sequins are used. 


Avant-gard means being at the leading edge or vanguard, and is applied to the most advanced, progressive and experimental fashions of the moment and prevents the industry from stagnating. 


Baby corduroy or fine corduroy is very similar to conventional cord, but it has a finer structure: The rows of ribs are only about half as wide and flatter. The fabric is made of cotton or cotton blends and is used for shirts, pants and jackets. One has to be careful in the care of baby cordury because it tends to get glossy spots. Our tip: Always iron them inside out!  


Baggy pants a style of clothing, popular from the mid-1990s until the late-2000s. The quintessential brand of "hip-hop" style wide leg jeans was JNCO, though other youth- and ethnic oriented clothing companies manufacture them as well. 


Strapless half cup bra. 


This term refers to basic items of clothing, that can be combined in many ways, and shouldn't be absent from any wardrobe. This mainly includes t-shirts and trousers, but also turtlenecks, jackets and skirts.  


Pure nature: Bast is a plant fibre, which comes from the inner bark of trees and shrubs. The natural fibre is stretchable, but remains very stable and therefore ideal for tying or braiding. Bast is therefore mainly used for shoes, bags, hats, and belts. 


One very roomy bag with lateral folds or a pleat in the middle. This enables a large capacity and maximum elongation. Usually, the bag is closed by a flap. Bellows pockets can be primarily found on uniforms and sportswear. 


Bermudas are shortened trousers that end just above the knee, they are actually named after the Bermuda Islands, but they have more wears worldwide nowadays than in their homeland. Younger people usually wear bermudas tighter and above the knee, older people on the other hand wear them a bit looser and in muted colours.  


Of the two primary welting methods, blake is the simplest and most common. It also is a byproduct of the industrial revolution because the stitching is done on the inside of the shoe – making it impossible to do by hand For a blake welt, the upper is wrapped around the insole and attached between it and the outsole. A single stitch attaches everything together. 


It gets its name from its original function as a club jacket. The French word blason means blazon and points towards the embroidered crest, that was the hallmark in clubs of the upper class. Also typical of the classical, hip-length jacket is a slight sidecut, large patch pockets, lapels, and metal buttons. 


New Jeans designed in an old-fashioned way: In the past one simply needed chlorine, but nowadays from an ecological standpoint, one uses glucose. But the popular fade-out effect is equally achieved. 


The undisputed classic among denim fabrics. Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile, in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing. 


Also known as bootcut style. The hem of the jeans is wide enough for them to comfortably fit over boots. Usually the pants form is slightly flared in the bootleg style.  


What in other circumstances would mean the retirement of other wool sweaters, is desired in the bouclé-look: Small nodules and loops are typical of the fabric with the knitted surface. The term comes from the French term and means: curly or curled. The bumpy, knobby appearance is created by the use of fancy twister, which makes the fabric particularly fluffy. 


Boyfriend jeans are casual, cool and an absolute must-have for fashion-loving women. The denim jeans comes now emphasized loose,sits low on the hips and is incredibly comfortable! Extra-wide models with a nice belt and overlong trouser legs see rolled up really great from. sneaker to that and the casual weekend look is perfect. And best of all: Boyfriend jeans are really changeable and make every fashion mood with! 


The ragged pattern made up of natures- or trend colors decorates virtually all types of clothing, including pants, jackets, backpacks and bags. 


Canvas is a durable, sailcloth-like fabric that is made from cotton. Using a special method of weaving it receives an enhanced stability. Canvas is therefore often used for jeans, jackets or shoes made of fabric. 


Using this manufacturing technique the sleeve is made out of the same piece of cloth as the torso section of the item of clothing. In this special case, there is no seam between the sleeve and the rest of the garment. A typical example of a capped sleeve is the batwing sleeve.  


A cardigan is a type of knitted garment that has an open front. Cardigans usually have buttons. 


Cargo pants are loosely cut pants originally designed for tough, outdoor activities, and whose design is distinguished by one or more cargo pockets. 


Unconventional leisurewear. As opposition to formal business attire. Casual and sporty style: Casual style, maintaines the balance between comfortable and sporty. Your style can be relaxed, but the jogging pants have to stay at home, while trendy sports jackets and cargo pants are allowed. Meanwhile, the casual style has even found acceptance in the office and business life. 


Did you know that seven out of ten women wear bras in the wrong size and therefore, don't take advantage of the many benefits offered by a well-fitting bra, for example: a slimmer figure and a more feminine form. How to measure your size: measure the chest at the fullest part of the chest, the circumference of the lower chest is measured at the bottom of the breasts. This results in, for example: A chest circumference of 102 and a lower chest circumference of 85, which equals size 85C.  


Tender transparent material with a sandy surface and rough feel. The thin fabric is made of synthetic continious yarns and has a quite remarkable durability despite its fine structure. The durability is rarely needed because chiffon is mostly used to produce scarves, nightwear and blouses. 


This fashionable form ensures an elegant look for both ladies and men's shoes. The appearance ranges from the western style with slightly wider form to slim business shoes with a narrower form - depending on how the square tip is designed. 


Similar to crest prints these print-art logos and designs are based on the crest designs from American universities and high schools and are used as creative templates for printing. Often these take the form of seals, and they are combined with letterings, striking figures or applications. 


The cool sporty style is based on the clothing from English or American universities. College jackets are characterized by elastic, often striped collar and cuffs and large lettering on the front and back of the jacket. 


Courage to contrasts: Color blocking is defined as the juxtaposition of contrasting colored areas. This effect is best achieved with black and white fabrics or garments. 


In order to make cotton yarns particularly smooth and fine, they are combed. This filter fitted with metal hooks rolls over short fibres of the existing production line and ensure that the fibres all point in the same direction. The result is a fine, resistant yarn without any thickening or dilutions which could cause it to tear. 


Colored stitching or fabric strips that are on the sleeves and on the seams of jackets, tops or athletic pants. The contrasting elements draw people's attention and give garments a better visual fit. 


Colored stitching or fabric strips that are on the sleeves, and at the seams of jackets, tops or athletic pants. The contrasting elements draw attention and give garments a better fit visually. 


Soft fabric with a concise rib structure. In addition to the fine Babycord there is genoa, riding and trenker corduroy. All types are made of cotton or cotton blends. The resulting fabrics are very durable and robust. They are therefore often used for trousers, waistcoats or jackets in jeans style.
Weicher Stoff mit prägnanter Rippenstruktur. Neben dem feinen Babycord gibt es noch Genua-, Reit- und Trenkercord. Alle Sorten werden aus Baumwolle oder Baumwoll-Mischungen hergestellt. Die entstehenden Stoffe sind sehr haltbar und strapazierfähig. Sie werden daher häufig für Hosen, Westen oder Jacken im Jeans Style verwendet.  


In the case of cord or drawstring a twisted fabric tape is pulled through a stitched fabric tunnel at the sleeves, hoods or the hem of garments. This tight closing protects the jackets, sweat shirts and anoraks against the loss of heat, and against bad weather. The cord stopper prevents the ends of the cord from disappearing inside the tunnel of the fabric. 


Cotton is a natural fibre from the seed fibres of the cotton plant. It is very soft and tearproof, and can absorb almost half of its own weight in moisture. If you mix it with other fibres, for example, polyamide or polyester, you achieve a high resilience. Cotton can be processed into a wide variety of high-quality garments. 


Cotton is a natural fibre from the seed fibres of the cotton plant. It is very soft and tearproof, and can absorb almost half of its own weight in moisture. If you mix it with other fibres, for example, polyamide or polyester, you achieve a high resilience. Cotton can be processed into a wide variety of high-quality garments. 


Even nowadays the crease is a mark of a well-groomed appearance. The V-shaped fold at the front and back of trousers was formerly a privilege of men, but has now become a fashionable style among both sexes. To make creases durable they are strengthened in a special process with special resins. 


A way of applying print motives, wherein the print designs are in the style of armorial bearings, flags and logos. Often the motives with the prints of countries or city names are put on sports jackets and shirts in college style. 


Crinkle are textiles which are fitted with a fashionable creased effect. cotton or cotton blends with silk or synthetic fibres are mainly used. The fine creases are formed by heat treatments. Although they tolerate some washes, a permanent creased look can only be achieved with synthetic yarns. 


Without denim no jeans: The strong cotton fabric in twill weave makes up the material for the real denim. It is characterized by blue and white longitudinal cross threads that are woven in this way during the production so that the top side appears blue and the bottom side appears white. Denim is very durable and less wrinkle prone. Therefore, it is mainly processed for work clothing.  


Garments created in the dip-dyed look are partially bleached or dyed. Because of this gradients occur, reminiscent of craft clothing or fashion batiks. Often only the tips or seams are bleached, this creates a powerful look that makes the garment look used and worn. 


Fashion trend, which will withstand every wash: Dirty denim fabric is colored using a brownish earthy tone. Thus, the pants or jackets look dirty or dusty.
three-quarter length trousers
The tight sporting summer trousers were created in 1950 by Emilio Pucci. Their special feature is the length: It ranges - as the name suggests -down to the calf and is often slotted, ruffled or buttoned. 


It gives your clothing that special modern something. It runs from the shoulder down across the chest and provides a better fit. This dividing seam gives your piece of clothing a special modern flair.  


A drawstring is a string, cord, lace, or rope used to "draw" (gather, or shorten) fabric or other material. A drawstring may be threaded through a hem or casing (a continuous tube of material) or laced through holes, which may be lined with eyelets. 


A method in which a motive is placed on top of a fabric. Unlike dyeing, the print is only visible on the side it was printed on. An example of popular prints are the pop art designs. Here the designs are very striking, and are noticeable due to strongly contrasting designs such as newspapers, cars or books. 


Spandex ensures the proper fit. A special feature that stands out is its extensibility because even after triple overstretching it turns back into its original shape. Furthermore, spandex is very easy to maintain. The synthetic fibre is mainly processed for high-quality swimwear, fabrics with stretchy properties, and lingerie. 


The best alternative to natural fur: The cuddly fur looks exactly like the original, but is fully synthetic - polyacrylics and polyester create a deceptively realistic look. However, the characteristics of the fake furs are just as good: It is nice and warm and very elegant! 


Cord fabric with different rib width or rib shape. Here raised ribs interchange with flat ribs or cut ribs interchange with uncut ribs. This exchanging structure makes the fabric particularly breathable, elastic, and like all cord types? Very durable. 


The waistband is the end of the waist part of the trousers, that determines the size of the trousers together with leg length. A fastened waistband allows a clean finish to the trousers. The normal width is about 3-4 cm.  


Fine, elastic knitwear, produced on circular knitting machines. The right-sided mesh sticks form a longitudinally continuous rib, this is why the fabric is referred to as a right-knitwear. The rib is famous and infamous for its use in functional underwear. 


A good fit is everything. The fit of a garment is a combination of the cut and material. If for example, the fabric spandex is made in a fitting design and combined with fashionable contrasting stripes, a perfect fit is virtually guaranteed. 


Sporty jeans or pants style, the name refers to the number of pockets, with which the pants are equipped. These include two back pockets and two front pockets as well as the coin pocket, which is also called the watch pocket. 


The figurehead of each pair of pants: Flag label is referring to the company label on jeans or other pants, which is sewn on one of the back pockets. Most of the time the manufacturers logo or lettering can be identified.  


A pocket of any size and form, but on that has a piece of matching fabric sewn above the pocket opening. The flap gives moderate pocket protection and streamlines the garment by hiding the pocket opening. A flap pocket is most commonly found on business suit jackets.


Super fluffy without fabric softener: The light and warm jersey fabric can be found especially in sports and winter fashion. For those where price doesn't play a role, get real wollen fleece or cotton - the cheaper alternatives are made from synthetic fibres. Fleece is practical because of its water-resistant properties combined with a double-sided cuddly quality. 


One need not be a romantic to gain pleasure from the pretty embossed print designs. The generously distributed flowers and vine patterns on the fabric are stylistically speaking inbetween romantic, playful, and extravagant and so set noticeable highlights among the print designs. The compression process makes the prints durable and washable. 


To reach the lively pleated appearance of flounces, one does not necessarily need to use ruffles. Similar effects can even be achieved with slightly flared or diagonally cut hems used on dresses, skirts and light summer pants. Particularly suitable for crepe fabrics or light and airy synthetic fibers. 


A strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached by one edge, as on a garment. Because these strips are usually cut in a round way, they fall belled or fluttering depending on the fabric and so bring impetus and a touch of romance into each garment. 


In order to give your shirts and blouses more freedom of movement, many designers incorporate a fold in the back part of the upper garments. Here about 2-3 cm of the middle of the back part is removed, and is then later sewed on as a fold. 


In order for the material in skirts and dresses to appear especially beautiful, so-called front pleats are sewn into the hem. The special thing about this kind of pleat: They are inserted on both sides and sewn together at the top end of the folds. Especially mini- and pleated skirts look particularly beautiful and feminine when this technique is applied. 


Fashion Deluxe: The decorative Hollywood look guarantees a striking appearance. Besides the pompous style of dress, it is especially the little things that generate attention: Diva sunglasses, a handbag and glittering jewellery? With the right attitude, of course. 


Smooth leather is a general term for leathers with a smooth surface. The leather is gained from the hair side (also called grain side) from existing skins. In general, this leather is only used for shoes and bags, in the fashion industry it is known as napa leather. 


The bold glitter designs is especially trendy for retro fans: The colorful prints with glitter effects have most recently began to decorate tops, t-shirts and shirts. Although Glitter Style is more at home in women's fashion, it has become increasingly popular in men's clothing in conjuction with tough designs. 


Fashion like in the Middle Ages: The gothic print doesn't represent the high fashion of the time, but it always typical gothic elements flourish. For example crosses, dragons, angels, roses, and ornate lettering, and magical and mythological characters are applied in this printed style on shirts, tops and shirts.  


Similar to Flock print, designs are applied with plastic on the surface of textiles. The special feature of the rubberized printing is the cooling and smooth feel to it. Do not wash too hot 


The lightweight lining fabric is especially used for leather or imitation leather products. Half lining gets its name because it does not cover the complete inside of a garment, but only parts of it: For example, skirts often have half-lining up to the walking slit. Synthetic fibres, such as acetate, polyester and polyamide are used. 


Delicate fabrics will thank you if you pay attention to the small care symbol: For these textiles, washing is recommended by hand instead of by machine. The temperature should not exceed 40 °. Depending on the type of fibre, either a fine-, wool-, or hand- wash may be suitable. 


Hem on garments is simply essential for a neat finish. The folded and stitched cloth at the lower edge of textiles protects the fabric from fraying. See depending on the fabric and cut various types of hems: e.g. simple hem, double hem or the rolled seam. 


The interesting pattern is made by the processing of several yarns which are woven in various ways. In the longitudinal direction the result is a pattern that is reminiscent of the shape of a fish bone. In French the Herringbone is called Chevron 


The high collar is a loose collar attached as a narrow fabric strip or cuff which extends around the neck. You can find it on shirts, blouses and jackets. 


You should definitely know your hip circumference because it is one of the standard sizes for trouserr dimensions. Measure around the widest point of the hips and buttocks. If you do not have a flexible tape, that is not problem: Just take a thread and read the length off of a ruler.  


Loose, casual clothes. Preferably, baggy pants and sweatshirts have the logo of the manufacturer on them. The hip-hop style takes its name from the same genre. It is preferable to buy brand clothing. 


Very short pants that often reveal part of the wearers behind.  


Coated fabrics with a leather-like surface. The imitations are different from genuine leather in skin shape and pattern of the pores. Also see leatherette. 


American form of measuring length. That corresponds to 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters.  


Turns denim into blue denim: The natural raw material Indigo is the oldest organic natural dye, that we know of. The deep blue color is extracted from the indigo plant. That's why blue denim is also known as indigo blue. One drawback of indigo: It is sensitive towards light and fades quickly. 


This is the length of the inside of the leg. The best way to measure the inseam is on a pair of pants lying in front of you: Apply the tape measure to the crotch seam and pull through to the hem, read the measurement - and your done! 


Unlike the round stitched side pocket, the insert pocket does not sit on the sides, but rather either on the front or back of a pair of trousers. As a back pocket, it often serves as a storage space for wallets or similar. Therefore, the insert pocket has no flap over the opening and allows quicker access. 


A sporty casual style where the outside of a garment resembles the inside. The clothing gives the impression as if you had jumped out of bed in the morning and just pulled over a t-shirt or sweatshirt while still half asleep. In fact, the eye-catching stitching is a stylistic element. 


Inter-look - also known as double jersey - is a fine double ribbed knit with a very dense mesh structure which unlike ribbed pattern on both sides shows only plain stitches. This makes them a lot more dimensionally stable than e.g. Fine or double-rib. Therefore, inter-look is particularly suitable for high-grade underwear, t-shirts and linen. 


Decorative, seam with cross-shaped course. As the name suggests, they were used to embellish garments made from stretchable inter-lock fabrics. Unlike other seams the inter-lock seam is very elastic and does not wear out quickly. 


The elegant expression stands for an equally elegant effect: Iridescent fabric is made of two- or multicolored shimmering materials. It receives its gloss from an elaborate process. The natural or synthetic yarns are interwoven as warp- and weft yarns. Depending on the viewing angle or light the material dazzles in the most beautiful colors. 


Cleverly threaded: With these particular knitwear, hosiery and weaving techniques, the process of stitch formation can be influenced in detail. Each thread is raised individually, this allows the creation of highly varied structures with large bonding patterns. Typical jacquard fabrics are e.g. damask and brocade. 


This slip can do something that others can not: through its position in the same height as the waist and the particularly high leg cutout it optically speaking, extends the leg. Especially in bikinis and young fashion this cheeky cut is becoming the next big thing once again. 


Umbrella term for casual jeans clothing. Materials made out of denim and other fabrics out of twill or plain weaves are dominant. Jackets, shirts, skirts, overalls and shorts are processed in a standard jeans way - for example, with double seams or rivets. 


The substance is named after the English Channel island of Jersey. It stands for all the knitted fabrics in ladies' and men's outer clothing, which are knitted or crocheted. The woolly material has a high bulk and a pleasantly soft feel to it. 


Spacious front pocket on sweatshirts or jackets. Sometimes with opening from above but usually from the right and left side. Great way to warm up your hands.  


The Duke of Kent once made this collar world famous: Men's shirts with a kent collar have a wide classic form. Both collar shanks are approximately at a right angle to one another, and so have plenty of room for a nice cloth or a skillful tie knot. 


A simple term for mixed knitwear. More suitable for large batches, regarding the various knitting patterns.  


Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern,[1] made by machine or by hand. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fibre. 


Lapels are the folded flaps of cloth on the front of a jacket or coat, and are most commonly found on formal clothing and suit jackets. Usually they are formed by folding over the front edges of the jacket or coat and sewing them to the collar, an extra piece of fabric around the back of the neck. 


The sole of your shoes must be able to withstand a lot because it is the part of the shoe that is in direct contact with the ground. Outsoles are either made of rubber - in order to allow a soft step - or out of carbon rubber. This rubber-variant is even harder than regular rubber and therefore more durable and abrasion-resistant. 


Natural material which is obtained from tanned animal hides and skins. By tanning the original fibre structure is preserved and made durable. Genuine leather has the properties of keeping you warm in the winter and protecting you from the heat in the summer. Therefore, it is used for all types of garments like: jackets, coats, pants, shoes and bags. 


Often indistinguishable from genuine leather: Artificial leather is made of fabrics with a leather-look and leather-like properties. On the surface of the tissue the fabric is coated in plastics such as polyurethane. With this additional layer artificial leather materials become softer and - like natural leather - water vapor permeable, absorbent and solvent resistant. 


In order to acquire your leg length, you have to take two measurements. First, the outer leg length: This measurement is taken on the outside of the leg from the waistband to just above the ankle. It is best to allow a second person to take this measurement. Then you need the stride length: To do this measure along the inside of the leg from the crotch, which is also called gussets, to above the ankel. 


Linen is a stable natural fibre, which is obtained from flax. The natural and elegant fabric is associated by many with the warm months of the year. No wonder: With its high comfort, smooth feel and low heat retention, linen is the ideal fabric for light and airy summer clothes. 


Lining can be found on the insides of many garments, such as jackets, coats or boots. The protective function either consists of thermal protection or the protection against roughening of the stitching on the upper. Linings come from a wide range of materials for example, from silk to imitation lambskin. 


The metallic fabric conjures extravagant reflections on blazers, suits and evening wear. Although Lurex is made of yarns out of synthetic fibres they are still relatively easy to care for - they are easily washable and cleanable. 


Lycra or spandex is a stretchy and forgiving fibre. This is a synthetic fibre used through out the world by many designers and clothing manufacturers. Lycra includes the fibres such as cotton, silk and synthetic fibres. Lycra is more durable and stronger and so it is used as more popular choice for clothing manufactures. Lycra is resistant to detergents, lotions and sweat. Furthermore, Lycra has the ability to stretch several times its size and return back to its original shape. 


See the care notice on the label on the clothing. The small symbol (water tank with temperature display) tells you how many degrees your sweater can stand. The most common temperature levels are 30 °, 40 °, 60 ° and 95 ° degrees.  


Mako satin is a very fine fabric which is made of super combed cotton. A special finishing process ensures that the fabric has the typical shine and is very durable. These properties make mako satin a popular base fabric for bedding, as well as for table- and other decorative cloths. 


A cuff is an extra layer of fabric at the lower edge of the sleeve of a garment (shirt, coat, etc.) which covers the arm, at the wrist. The buttons with which the lower sleeve end is closed are situated on the cuffs. There are usually between one and three of them. Often, however, cuffs have no buttons, but they have two or more buttonholes. In this case, its shutter requires special cufflinks. 


Medium denim refers to medium blue denim fabrics that are used in denim clothing. Often medium Denim has a mild to conspicuous used effect that makes the material look older than it is. 


Melange effects occurs when different colored fibers are combined in the same material. The amount of spotting can either be affected before weaving or by mixing fibres with different levels of absorption. In this case the melange effect will only be visible after dyeing. 


Meryl Mycrofibre® is a fine synthetic fiber made of polyamide. Fabrics made of this fiber are very soft and cuddly. It regulates moisture from the inside to the outside and acts in an anti-static way. Moreover Meryl has a fine and elegant shine. Therefore, it is mainly used for underwear, swimwear and tights. 


The fine microfibre originates from the French manufacturer Rhone-Poulenc and is a fine synthetic fibre made from 100% polyamide. When combined with spandex, the result is a skin friendly and crease resistant soft tissue, that is very well suited for the processing of comfortable T-shirts, tops and skirts. 


Mesh is available in all variations - from fine mesh to broad mesh. Mostly fine crouchet produce is made of synthetic fibres on large machines. Depending on the mesh size, mesh fabric is suitable either for outerwear, tights, underwear, shoes or as a lining material for sportswear. 


In clothing, a mesh is often defined as a loosely woven or knitted fabric that has a large number of closely spaced holes. Knitted mesh is frequently used for modern sports jerseys and other clothing. Mesh has recently also found its use as the upper material of shoes. 


Microfiber fabric is often used for athletic wear, such as cycling jerseys, because the microfibre material wicks moisture (perspiration) away from the body, keeping the wearer cool and dry. Microfibre is also very elastic, making it suitable for undergarments. 


Modal is a type of rayon, a semi-synthetic cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, in this case often from beech trees. Modal is used alone or with other fibers (often cotton or spandex) in household items such as pajamas, towels, bathrobes, underwear and bedsheets. 


Genuine pearl is extracted from the shells of oysters or similar-looking species of snails. The scintillating material is produced on the inside of molluscs and varies depending on the origin and nature of the color. Since mother of pearl is quite expensive plastic is often used for fashion faux pearl. It is processed mainly for buttons jewellery and accessories. 


A nickel allergy is the most common contact allergie. Therefore, all fashion items that are not only temporarily in contact with the skin, must be free of nickel- by law. These articles include jewelry, watches, buttons, rivets, buckles and zippers.  


The nicki fabric was invented in the 50s by the italian Nicky Chini. The fabric is stretchable and knitted out of loop plush. Its surface is silky soft and it has a shirt-like smoothnes on the inside.  


Let it snow: The woolly-warm fashion that incorporates a mix of colors can withstand the cold season. Whether Ice stars, reindeer or just the classic zigzag pattern with the typical Nordic designs and snuggly knitted material this look is quite heartwarming despite arctic temperatures. 


Barely visible, but super-strong: The term nylon describes polyamide fibres which are very stable and have a high tensile strength. The fiber absorbs virtually no moisture and is extremely friction resistant. Therefore Nylon is mainly used for movement-intensive textiles such as sports wear. 


Off Shoulder cleavage, also called Off-shoulder neckline, has a neckline that is so spacious that the shoulder is exposed. Hot tip: Sporadically pull the cleavage up and let it slide down again. 


The pair of jeans was only washed once in clear water (without the use of any chemical additives) and therefore remains deep blue in its colour.  


A wolf in sheep's clothing: The term optics indicates that a fabric looks like something else other than like its own nature. Often giving the appearance of a more expensive fabric. Or artificial imitations are produced because of a wish to preserve certain animals and the environment. For example: Faux leather or faux fur.  


What sounds like an oriental villa actually refers to a pair of floor-length trousers with a overly wide leg cut. The pants begin very tightly at the hip and gradually become more loose. In order for the skirt-like cut to be most effective mostly fine and silky fabrics are chosen for the manufacturing of palazzo trousers. 


Mule is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height - from flat to high. The style is predominantly (but not exclusively) worn by women. 


Patchwork or "pieced work" is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different fabric shapes (which can be different colors). These shapes are carefully measured and cut, basic geometric shapes making them easy to piece together. 


The weird, two-tone pattern in noble twill determined this season along with gingham checks and bright colors amongst women's fashion. It is particularly well suited for the striking patterns for costumes, blazers and elegant business attire. 


Pin-tucks are wide colored strips of fabric, that are sewn into the seams of garments and serve as decorative elements. The eye-catching stripes were once a badge of ranks in the military - nowadays one can recognize someone's especially good fashion sense by them! 


Timeless elegance: The pinstripe is probably the most famous suit design. Pinstripes are a pattern of very thin stripes of any color running in parallel lines, which is often found in cloth. The pinstriped suit has become associated with conservative business attire, although many designers now produce the fashionable pinstripe patterns for fashion-conscious consumers 


Bag with its opening decorated with a ribbon or a contrasting fabric strips of piping. However, the piping is not only a decorative element but will also stiffen the pocket lapel. Piping or piped pockets can often be found on the inside of jackets. 


The polo neck is a garment—usually a shirt—with a close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck. Polo neck garments are usually produced using knitted fabrics in order to ensure a good fit. 


A polo shirt is a type of shirt with a collar, a placket with typically two or three buttons, and an optional pocket. Polo shirts are usually made of knitted cloth (rather than woven cloth), usually piqué cotton or, less commonly, interlock cotton, silk, merino wool, or synthetic fibres. 


Actually quite natural: Out of the raw materials coal, lime, and natural oil and gas, the synthetic fiber acrylic is produced in a synthetic process. Many good properties make it so popular for the manufacturing of textiles: It is easy to clean, wrinkle-resistant, durable, stretchable warming and moisture repellent. Polyacrylic is used in knitwear, faux fur and, socks. 


Nothing is going to get through this: The fine micro-fibres absorb little moisture and therefore are extremely water-repellent. Fabrics made of polyamide have a low tendency to wrinkle and act thermoplastically: water vapors gets out, but no moisture can get in. Thus, the synthetic fibre can be used in many ways - for protective clothing, underwear, tights and winter fashion.  


A legend among synthetic materials: With its tear and abrasion resistance, elasticity, resistance to dirt and low tendency to wrinkle, polyester is a leading material when it comes to synthetic fibres. The fabric is light resistant and defies old age. It also can be superbly processed with other fibres. For example, into suits, dresses, shirts and fleece products.  


The stable synthetic fibre similar to polyamide and polyester is also made of synthetic polymers in the melt spinning process. Polypropylene is highly elastic, wrinkle-free and water-repellent in the highest degree. Therefore, in the world of fashion, it is often used for the production of sweat-wicking functional and sports underwear. 


PVC clothing, commonly known as vinyl clothing, is shiny clothing made of the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC).The PVC plastic is also called vinyl. For this reason, this type of clothing is also called vinyl clothing. These fabrics usually consist of a backing woven from polyester fibers with a surface coating of shiny plastic. 


One form of printing. Flock print is printed by means of adhesive, a plastic design is glued on to a suitable fabric. First, the adhesive liquid is applied in the form of the pattern on the fabric. In the second step, a plastic material is flocked onto this adhesive surface. The plastic textile finishing is mainly known from eighties fashion. 


A method in which a design is placed on top of a fabric. Unlike with dyeing the the print can only be seen on one side of the fabric. An example of popular prints are the pop art motifs. Here the designs are very striking and fall through strongly contrasting motives such as newspapers, cars or books on. 


The mechanical stamping process is operated at high pressure on a fabric or a materials surface. This is done using large rollers, giving the material gloss and embossing effects. 


The term comes from the word profile and points to surfaces which have a particular design on their cross-sections. Mostly we can find profiles on shoes, but also on prints, applications or certain fabrics.  


When quilting fabrics two materials are interconnected in a special sewing technique, called the degree or lockstitch. While stitched seams are often decorative elements we often find quilted fabrics in winter fashion. Then one of the materials should have insulating properties such as Polyester wadding. Because the quilted garment is supposed to keep you warm. 


Named after its inventor, the English Lord Raglan James Henry. What makes the raglan sleeves special is that here the sleeves and shoulder part are cut in one piece. The seam runs from the collar to the side seam - both on the front and on the back. 


The material is made out of unwashed and stiff denim, it's usually dark or grey-blue. It became famous because of G-Star. Jeans made out of raw denim must first be worn in, in order to become comfortable.  


Items, that have earnt this name, have been treated numerous times, for example with retro "handbleach","heavy blasting","whiskering","tattering","bleaching", with the sole purpose being to make the items look " worn "and washed out, and to get that certain "vintage-look"and a super soft feel. Accordingly, color transgressions and small holes are entirely intended and do not constitute flaws.  


Retro fashion refers to fashion from 1940–90. Retro fashion is a clothing style which consists of wearing clothes commonly used in the past. This way of clothing often includes garments and accessories that are characteristic of certain times, and many people use them in an exaggerated way and in combination with current clothing.  


The past comes back to life: In line with the retro movement trends of days gone by. Geometric patterns, bright colors and strong contrasts on simple, straight cuts set the mood for summer and revive the simplicity of days gone by.  


In knitting, ribbing is a pattern in which vertical stripes of stockinette stitch alternate with vertical stripes of reverse stockinette stitch.  


Cuffs on the collar, sleeves or socks, which are intentionally produced too long so that they can be rolled bay into the required length. 


These garments which are made from very thin materials, are often fitted with a rolled edge. The seam is rolled very narrowly and wrapped in yarn. Often it is also made hollow. Then the edge of the hem is curled about half a centimeter and sewn like a tunnel. Fine fabrics, such as Batiste, georgette and chiffon are suitable for a rolled edge. 


The ends of individual fibres of twisted yarns are loosened by a studded rolling covered in fine metal hooks, on the surface of the yarns. This roughening effect can be varied from strong to very light and makes fabrics fluffy-soft. The newly formed fibre structure includes more air and is also characterized by its excellent properties of heat retaintion. 


A neckline, which runs in a circle around the neck. In order to give more support to the crew neck, it often has a quilted edge or an additional cuff is used. 


Brilliant optic: Statin-materials are fabrics, that are smooth and shiny on the upper surface and rather matt on the under side. The distinguished gloss is due to the weaving of the yarns, which is called atlas binding. As raw materials, Silk, cotton, acetate or polyester, among others, are used. Garments made of satin are e.g. blouses, shirts, underwear and nightwear.  


Just like the used look the seat folds are currently trending. The optical wrinkles are either bleached or brushed on. Mostly, the bright stripes are on the front side between the loin and knees or on the back side between the upper and lower leg. 


Sequins are disk-shaped beads used for decorative purposes. In earlier centuries, they were made from shiny metals. Today, sequins are most often made from plastic. They are available in a wide variety of colors and geometrical shapes. Sequins are commonly used on clothing, jewelry, bags, shoes and many other accessories. 


Everything above the sole of the shoe is known as the shaft. Regarding boots, it is the material which covers the calf. 


The shawl lapel, roll collar, or shawl collar is a continuous curve. Originally seen on the Victorian smoking jacket, it is now most common on the dinner jacket or tuxedo. This similarly began as informal eveningwear, and was then made in both more and less formal versions, depending on the situation in which it was to be used. It is also commonly used on the mess jackets. 


A popular and affordable alternative to genuine lambskin, in regard to lining: The fluffy fur is made of a soft imitation material, which is made from 100% acrylic. Although it has little natural charm, it looks quite real and keeps you cuddly warm. 


Who ever likes the 80s style will definitely love the knee length stockings: Whether as a warming part of your autumn attire or as a stylish accessory with skirts and dresses - with shoppers you can't go wrong.  


The side length tells us the outside length of the trousers. 


Also known as sisson in French. Side seams serve to give the garments a better fit at the front end of jackets, and blazers. Therefore, the fabric is stitched in a way in order for the garment to conform with the form of the waist.  


In the eighties, these pants were a must. Typical characteristics of the skinny jeans are the narrow and straight cut with narrow leg width. The original skinny jeans wear worn in a well ironed fashion, meaning no crease are allowed to be visible.  


Pockets are almost standard on pants. The pockets used in the pants are often laterally cut and stitched in order to facilitate access. Slip pockets are unlike bellows pockets less intended for stowage, but rather for small things like shopping lists or handkerchiefs. 


Made to be able to be put on quickly and taking off again: Therefore, you can simply pull it over your head. 


The smocking technik for embellishing blouses and dresses came into fashion as early as the 20th century. In this technique, the material is placed in small pleats and sewn. On the sleeves for example, the smocking method can replace cuffs or other methods because it keeps the sleeve's width together. 


What used to be called a gym shoe is now a sneaker. The sneaker has gradually taken over th e shoe market since the 90s. Sneaker is nowadays a term for all kinds of sporty or casual shoes.  


Spagetti straps can be found on all kinds of clothing: whether it be underwear and tops, but also on summer and evening clothing. 


Stone washing is a textile manufacturing process used to give a newly manufactured cloth garment a worn-in (or worn-out) appearance. Stone-washing also helps to increase the softness and flexibility of otherwise stiff and rigid fabrics such as canvas and denim. 


Diamonds are a girl's best friend - but strass will also do the job: The glittering accessories, that have an uncanny resemblance to diamonds are made of leaded glass and smoothed so that they refract light. In addition, its surface is vapor-coated with metal oxide. This creates iridescent spectral effects that come are very similar to the original diamond-sparkle.  


The fabric for ease of movement: Stretch fabric is a mix of unelastic fabrics and spandex fibres. Due to the spandex, the material is extremely flexible without bulges or without losing its original shape. So even when in motion it still guarantees a perfect fit. Stretch fabrics are therefore often processed for sportswear. 


The light colors come into the forefront, allowing you to see the structure of the fabric, when this form of ... is used. In the most cases a small amount of spandex is added, in order to make the material more elastic. 


Especially for women with a smaller chest size, the oval cleavage looks very clever. It is cut in a way, that the shoulder is free and that runs together at the should bone.
Fabrics, that are too long at the arms or legs don't have to be cut off. In the most cases you can just yarn-over the material, which looks very decorative in all cases. Because of the yarn-overs increased popularity over the past few years, trousers are sometimes produced over sized.  


The supple leather is very comfortable to wear in summer as well as in winter. True wild furs like stag, roe, and chamois furs are used. These are processed as velour or leather into a variety of different clothing like: Jackets, pants, shoes and boots. 


Fabrics made in sweat-quality are made of combed cotton, that are roughened on the inside of the garment and are therefore comfortable to wear. Sweatshirts and sportswear are usually made out of this soft material.  


Synthetics is an umbrella term for man-made fibres such as polyester, acrylic, polyamide and elastane. For their production, one requires the anorganic materials coal, oil, and natural gas. Materials made ​​of synthetic materials are low-maintenance: They are elastic, shape retainable and durable, easy to wash, do not shrink during washing, dry quickly, require little ironing, and they repel moisture. 


Is a strip of fabric at the top of a piece of clothing that fits around your waist. The normal length is between 3-4 cm.  


Thinsulate is a brand of synthetic fibre thermal insulation used in clothing. The word is a portmanteau of thin and insulate. The material is made by the 3M Corporation and was first sold in 1979.  


Very small and very sexy: In accordance with the motto less is more, these panties consist of a small triangular piece in the front attached to a triangular piece in the back by two thin cord- it's probably the smallest piece of clothing in the world.  


Whether as an undershirt or a party outfit: Tops can be worn to any occasion. They usually have narrow straps on them and range in length to just under the belly button or to about the hip. The cleavage is sometimes shaped in the form of a v or proceeds horizontally across the chest. 


A touch of nothingness: Transparent materials seem very sexy and seductive. That is why they are often used for fine blouses, dresses and lingerie. Tulle and chiffon are among the transparent fabrics.  


Nobel-Nordic: This thick wool pullover was once made to withstand the harsh weather conditions on the open sea. Nowadays it is a plain, noble classic in men's clothing. Its specialities: Smooth, tightly knit, high durability and the typical zipper in the double knitted turtleneck.  


A tuck is a fold or pleat in a fabric that is sewn in place in the form of a wedge or a diamond. The purpose of the tuck is to better adapt a garment to the body shame, or in other words to make it more ergonomical. Therefore, tucks can often be found in the area of the chest, waist and hips. In regards to men's clothing, tucks are called sisson.  


Tweed is a rough, woollen fabric, with a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure. Colour effects in the yarn can be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun. 


Twill is a type of textile weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs (in contrast with a satin and plain weave). This is done by passing the weft thread over one or more warp threads and then under two or more warp threads and so on, with a "step" or offset between rows to create the characteristic diagonal pattern. Because of this structure, twill generally drapes well. 


The decorative elements usually adorn waistbands, seams or pockets. The rugged twill tape of tightly woven cotton is most likely better known for reinforcing button hole strips or side slits, but now enjoys great popularity as a fashionable style element.  


This zipper leaves all options open - because the two zippers can be opened both from above and from below. The advantage: You can quickly turn an elegant sweater into a crop top.


For example, used and worn Levis 501 Jeans - a cult item in vintage trading! 


The garments are pre-washed after completion and treated in a way to make they look already worn before the purchase. The best example is the stone-washed jeans. It is even washed with stones in a separate washing cycle to match this look. 


The V-neck is revealing. It varies from the small V that has its place in men's fashion to the far down extending V, which is more suitable for women's cleavages and allows more insight. In order to achieve better grip, the V-neck is often provided with a cuff on the edge. 


The adhesive quick fastener consists of two nylon strips. On one side there are small hooks, on the other there are about 15 times as many loops. By pressing the two sides together, the upper side attaches to the underside and in doing so provides a solid grip for clothing, shoes and bags. 


Velour is the French term for velvet. The term refers to rough textile surfaces. In regards to leather, velour is roughened on the underpart of the garment, which are soft and smooth due to the loosening of the structure. Sometimes the pile effect is also obtained with synthetic fibers, which have a similar appearance. 


Each garment is a unique collectible. Each pair of jeans is unique due to its age, condition, and history. Original Levi's Vintage jeans (like Big E) have a collector's value of up to more than 50,000 euros. All peculiarities are similar to the retro style, but without having to subsequently create the used-look in a complicated and artificial way.  


The motto behind the vintage look is: the older the better. Anything old or that at least looks old is allowed. Vintage means year and either describes ancient clothes, that have been kept in their original condition until now, or that have been made to seem old. These are usually denim fabrics, that obtain an old and worn-out look.  


A versatile fiber with cotton-like qualities. The man-made fiber made from cellulose is used for making silky, woolly and cotton-like fabrics. Its main characteristics: flowing fit, comfortable feel, light and very soft. It is more absorbent than cotton, but tends to wrinkle easily, and is not so easy to keep in shape. 


It warms and protects. This soft material is mainly used as lining in quilted materials. The main share of padding is cotton, a small proportion of synthetic fibers is, however, indispensable for the maintainability and stability of the material. 


Cotton fabric with a special relief structure, which appears to be quilted due to alternately raised and depressed points. This grid structure is the result of a very particular production: On the upper side of the fabric finer yarn is used and there are twice as many threads as for the bottom. The junctions appear between the other parts as a deepening. 


Waist - The size of the waist is usually measured in inches (1 inch = 2,54 cm).  


In modern clothing the region referred to as the waist is considerably below the waist as defined anatomically. With the advent of pants and skirts that do not require support from above, the clothing waist moved down to a position where the body starts to expand to form the buttocks and a support is therefore available.  


Sexy head-turner: The walking slit is a stitched slit in skirts and dresses that does not have a fixed length. Visually speaking it represents an extension of the centre seam to the hem, that provides an insight of the legs, boots or tights. From a functional point of view, it allows a greater step size, even in tight skirts and dresses. Hence the name: walking slit. 


Jeans used to be rotated when they were being washed to prevent this effect - nowadays it is fashionable. The bright spots on the thighs and buttocks are now deliberately bleached into the denim fabrics to make them look washed out and worn. Also see used-look.
cascade collar
Whether with a narrower or wider neckline, whether covered or topless: The thermoformed flounce collar flatters the neckline and is a change from the v-neck and polo collars. 


The fibers of Australian and New Zealand sheep are used for the production of the elastic, wrinkle-resistant and warm. Wool is used for coats, suits, costumes, and sweaters. 


Draws its inspiration from work clothes, but is already part of the city-look: Shirts, jackets and trousers are wide cut, allowing you to easily repair cars or paint apartments in them. Also see cargo style.  


A worsted is a high-quality wool yarn that is spun in a complex process by vigorously turning the fibres. The short fibres are combed in the spinning process, whereby a later fluffing of the substance is prevented. 


Young fashionable clothing, like jeans and sportswear.
Decorative stitching
In order to give some textiles the final touch, they are put on specific batches. In most cases, these seams are functionless, sometimes they serve as an attachment or in order to provide better grip.  


Zipper instead of a buttoned fly on a pair of jeans.  


Besides snaps and velcro, a zipper is probably still the most popular way to keep two halves of clothing together.
braided pattern
The rustic weave that resembles a braided ponytail provides wide-meshed knitwear with a decorative look. This pattern is mainly used on knitted sweaters, scarves and stockings.