Titles for People Who Make the Fashions

Ever wonder what the official title is for people that make the beautiful stuff you own? I have, so I asked around a few years ago and found the terms. It also makes it much easier for me to locate the couture makers. Milliner Maker/designer of hats. Coco Chanel started out as a milliner, though in France, they were still a bit divisive with the genders and called them Modistes, […]



Jolly Jacquard

Although many people refer to the textile or fabric as a Jacquard print, the word Jacquard actually refers to the process of creating the fabric itself. The term Jacquard comes from the name of the man who invented the loom that could weave intricate patterns and 3 dimensional fabrics in 1801 (full story on Wikipedia). And here is a VERY interesting factoid. This was one of the first FASHION/TECH ties […]


Kitten Heels

Nope. Kitten heels aren't as pictured above. They are not heels for kitties (though the thought of that makes me think of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kitten Mittens sketch). But they are a sweeter, more walkable version of heels for women. spy iphone When stilettos were all of the rage for grown up women in the 1950's, the kitten heel was introduced as a training shoe for young women who wanted […]


Derby Oxford Loafer Boat Monk

The difference is in the lacing…or not lacing. Derby Oxford Loafer Boat Monk best internet security software 2013 zp8497586rq



My favorite pair of shoes right now are my mustard yellow heeled shoes by Seychelles. It doesn't matter where I wear them, I get compliments. And even though they are a pretty bright color, they seem to go with just about everything. Until a few days ago, I had no idea that these were modified quarter brogues with a kiltie tassle. My next question, of course, was, what the heck […]



I think most of us think, “Ugh. No thank you!” when it comes to pleats. What were they thinking? Pleats are the world’s most unflattering thing in fashion EVER. Right? Well…all pleats aren’t created equal. And there are MANY styles of pleats and some of them are actually incredibly flattering. Here is your guide to which pleats are which and which ones to avoid for certain body types. Accordion Pleat […]