Fashion Jargon Leaves Many Men Stranded for Meaning

A study confirmed that a lot of men are unreliable to discuss fashion with – especially when you start bandying terminology.


The survey commissioned by set out to learn just how well “mere males” are versed in fashion vocabulary; 1,356 men were asked to explain the meaning of certain words denoting articles of clothing.

The researchers unearthed a great deal of common misconceptions and must have shared a wide smile as the number of men saying that a “gilet” is a kind of sharp knife was fast coming up to 41 per cent.

Another 40% were sure that a “wrap-over” is a sandwich – but maybe some of them were getting hungry and unable to get food off their thoughts?

Here is a short list of words most often misconstrued:

  • Tunic (a loose garment tied at the waist) – a flower (53%)
  • Culotte (a trouser-like skirt with leggings) – a town in France (39%) or a disease (32%)
  • Chiffon (a kind of light cloth) – stuff for cleaning (38%)
  • Pashmina (a cashmere wool shawl) – a country in Asia (34%), a curry (22%)
  • Hosiery (a generic name for socks and stockings) – a garden tool (33%)
  • Halter-neck (women’s top tied behind the neck) – a neck brace (27%) or rollercoaster (10%)

Andy Barr of MyCelebrityFashion told that since men “often get a bad rap for paying little attention to the latest trends” they decided it would be worthwhile for them to have a little quiz on fashion terminology… But the results turned out to be shocking when so many men believe that a sleeveless jacket can be some sort of a kitchen skewer.

Source of the image: Stylelist.

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