Terms and conditions commonly used in vintage and retro fashion at Tatyana Clothing.
"Retro, short for retrospective, or 'vintage style,' usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, clothing is a newly made copy of an older garment. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion." - Wikipedia
Some fun vintage fashion terms to become familiar with:
Vintage Reproduction: a newly made copy of an older garment. What we make at Tatyana!
Rockabilly: from1950s, combining elements of rock 'n roll and country.
Capelet: a small cape usually covering the shoulders. (see our Vegan Leather Capelet here!)
Brooch: an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.
Flapper: from the 1920s, a fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and dismissing conventional and/or traditional social norms. This is also associated with a specific style of clothing, commonly dresses, with draping beads, sequins, and other embellishments.
Antique: Clothing that is typically over 100 years old.
Antiquated: Outdated; no longer in style.
Brocade: A fabric with a raised, ornate surface. Brocade fabrics can be made from silk, cotton, or synthetic materials. Vintage brocades are often used in formal wear, such as evening gowns and suits.
Bustle: A type of skirt or attached panel.
Capris: Vintage term used to describe a style of pants or shorts that are cropped just below the knee.
Dresses & Skirts:
Jumper - sleeveless dress worn layered over a top or blouse, or under a sweater
Wiggle dress - fitted, hourglass dress; Marilyn Monroe made these dresses iconic! Hem is narrower than the hips, causing the wearer to walk in shorter strides with legs close together.
Fit and Flare - fitted through the waist and flaring out at or below the hips, seen in our Peggy and Sandra dresses
A-line skirt - shaped like a capital "A", flared at hem
Circle skirt or dress - full and round; a full circle skirt will lie flat in a circle around your body when laid out
Maxi skirt - ankle-length
Midi-length skirt - knee-length
Pencil skirt - fitted to the body's curves, modernly called a "bodycon" skirt/dress
Swing Dress: a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and flared so that it swings with the dancer.
Boat-neck - high, wide neckline that cuts straight across the front & back
Cowl neck - exaggerated, draping fabric at neck
Keyhole neck - cutout, fastening at top, front or back. Seen in our Audrey Dress and Keyhole Blouses
Scoop neck - low, U-shaped neckline
Sweetheart neckline - shaped like the top half of a heart
V-neck - open, downward point of fabric coming to a "V" shape
Peter Pan Collar: a flat collar with rounded ends that meet at the front
Balloon sleeve - shaped full over the upper arm, narrow from elbow to wrist
Bishop's sleeve - full below the elbow, cinched or left loose to drip at wrist
Cap sleeve - extra-short sleeve which sits on the shoulder
Capelet sleeve - falls several inches below elbow in soft flare
Dart - a pointed tuck; tailoring garment closely to the body, often used around the bust and waist
Pin-Tucks - decorative folds, sewn and pressed down on fabric
Piping - cord-like strip of fabric edging a garment or creating structure, like on a corset
Ruched/Ruching - gathered material sewn to create loose pleats, seen in the bust of our Marilyn in Black Gold dress