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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Clothes and Fashion

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Clothes and Fashion, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
haute couture
[noun]
the products of making highly fashionable and expensive clothing
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loafer
[noun]
a type of shoe that is flat with a low heel, made of leather, and can be worn without fastening
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kaftan
[noun]
a long, loose, flowing tunic or robe that is of Asian, African, or Middle Eastern origin
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brocade
[noun]
a richly decorative fabric characterized by raised patterns
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haberdashery
[noun]
items of clothing and accessories for men
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jacquard
[noun]
a textured fabric with intricate woven patterns, commonly found in high-end clothing
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mantua
[noun]
flowing gown worn by women in the late 17th and early 18th centuries
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peplum
[noun]
a decorative frill or extension of fabric that is attached at the waist of a garment
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yoke
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a part of a garment that is constructed from two or more layers of fabric, typically located at the shoulder or waist
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paisley
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a teardrop-shaped, intricate design pattern characterized by a curved, abstract floral motif
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peignoir
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a long, loose-fitting dressing gown, usually worn by women after taking a bath or shower
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wimple
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a medieval garment worn primarily by women, consisting of a cloth covering the head, neck, and sometimes the chin, often worn beneath a veil or hood
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taffeta
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a crisp, smooth fabric with a slight sheen, commonly used in fashion for formal garments
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raiment
[noun]
clothing or garments, especially when considered in terms of fashion or formal attire
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modiste
[noun]
skilled dressmaker or fashion designer, particularly in the context of historical fashion
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accouterment
[noun]
an additional item or clothing for a specific activity
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reticule
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a small, ornamental handbag or purse, typically carried by women in the 18th and 19th centuries as a fashion accessory
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furbelow
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a fancy decoration added to clothes for style
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millinery
[noun]
the art, craft, or business of designing, making, or selling hats, especially women's
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filigree
[noun]
a delicate metalwork, like jewelry, with intricate designs made from thin wires or threads
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panache
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a decorative plume or feather worn as a fashion accessory on hats or helmets
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crinoline
[noun]
a stiff, petticoat-like undergarment made of horsehair or a similar material, which is worn to give shape and volume to a woman's skirt
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pelisse
[noun]
a long, elegant coat worn often in the 19th century
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bespoke
[adjective]
characterized by custom-made clothing tailored to an individual's preferences
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sartorial
[adjective]
referring to clothing, particularly men's clothing, or the manner in which it is tailored or worn
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quilted
[adjective]
stitched together in a decorative pattern, creating a padded or textured surface
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ruched
[adjective]
(of a fabric or piece of clothing) made with many small folds or pleats
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dapper
[adjective]
(typically of a man) stylish and neat in appearance, often characterized by well-groomed attire and attention to detail
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de rigueur
[adjective]
required by etiquette or fashion norms, indicating it's currently popular or expected to wear
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gorget
[noun]
high collar, often stiff, that encircles the neck and may extend to cover the shoulders, typically found in formal or historical attire
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