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New seasons, new collections, new designs, new words to describe them. Who can keep up? YOU can, with our guide to the trendiest terms on the runway.

brunch Updated: Jun 15, 2013 18:30 IST
Poulomi Das
Poulomi Das
Hindustan Times

New seasons, new collections, new designs, new words to describe them. Who can keep up? YOU can, with our guide to the trendiest terms on the runway.

What is life without crazy headgear? Enter the Fascinator. Made of lace, wool or even some feathers, it’s the hat’s evil, crazier twin. It’s usually secured with a clip or headband. Use it to glam up a dull outfit.
Available at: Debenhams and Accessorize

It’s the next best thing to being shirtless. The Henley is a close fitting tee that you should really wear to bed (but people wear it outdoors anyway). It usually has buttons in the front.
Available at: United Colours of Benetton Anglaise

Kate Middleton was spotted wearing it and you should be too. Why? It has summer written all over it: embroidery, cutwork, lace and still a very casual, outdoorsy feel.

Available at: French Connection, Zara

When temperatures dip, clear some wardrobe space for the gilet. It’s essentially a quilted, sleeveless jacket, much like a long waistcoat.
Available at: Debenhams

Not quite a stiletto, not quite a sandal. The d’Orsay pump leaves the arch of your foot bare and covers your heel and toe.
Pronounced DOOR-say.
Available at: Zara and Christian Louboutin

Dipped hem
Short in the front, long in the back. No we’re not analysing Rihanna’s hairstyle, we’re talking about the shirts and skirts that fashion-forward women have been wearing these days. They add a hint of glam to casual chic.
Available at: Hill Road, Bandra and Forever 21

Substitute your evening bag for an ornamental case with compartments to fit your lipstick, kohl, keys and phone. They come in a host of shapes such as a heart, and even a cupcake, as was seen on Sex and the City.
Available at: Judith Lieber, Zara

Chesterfield coat
Need something to go with a fitted shirt and trousers at work? Try a Chesterfield coat. Designed to be worn over any outfit, this long tailored coat is light and comfortable.
Available at: Zara

Originally sailors’uniforms, these horizontal stripes are now covering women’s tees, dresses and pencil skirts. They are perfect for that girl’s day out you’ve been postponing.
Available at: ONLY

Flats that are also platforms. The sole is level, not arched like a regular shoe, so you’re not likely to fall flat on your face. But you will be stomping all over the place.
Available at: Steve Madden

Seersucker (the fabric in the background of this page) is a blue striped cotton fabric with a wrinkled surface generally used for making suits for men.
Available at: Marks and Spencer

Being a figure skater is hard, but dressing up like one isn’t. Skater dresses usually are super-short, fitted at the waist and have a flared skirt. Best suited for fit bodies.
Available at: MANGO

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First Published: Jun 14, 2013 17:04 IST