The AP Stylebook recently hosted a Twitter chat with AP Fashion Writer Samantha Critchell, @sam_critchell.
The 2012 Stylebook includes a fashion chapter with 185 terms, from A-line to zoot suit. They're also in Stylebook Online. But you can take a minute to familiarize yourself with the fashion terms below, compliments of @APStylebook.
The next Twitter chat will feature Barbara Worth, chief editor of U.S. broadcast for AP, 2:30 EDT July 23. Use the hashtag #APStyleChat to ask her questions.
And remember, "Good style is always in fashion!"
2012 AP Stylebook fashion terms:
We would say jean or denim shorts, not jorts, but we do say jeggings, for the jeans-leggings hybrid.
A fascinator is a decorative headpiece that's not quite a hat.
Another summer trend is open-toe shoes, not open-toed shoes. (Also, closed-toe shoes, with the hyphen.)
One of the biggest trends this season is colorblocking, one word. It refers to geometric chunks of bright colors.
Cropped pants or capri pants fall below the knee and above the ankle.
From Ask the Editor: "Wife beater" is a tank top, typically white. We use the term only in quotes.
From Ask the Editor: Greek is the adjective for Greece, Grecian is used in artistic and fashion contexts, like Grecian gown.
The American designer Ralph Lauren's surname is pronounced LOR-en, not lo-REN.
It's back-to-school shopping, with hyphens as a modifier, but you go back to school, no hyphens.
And while we’re on the subject: sweatpants, sweatshirt, sweatsuit –– hopefully, you are not wearing any of these right now.