Talk Chic

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Some of us read fashion magazines and don't have the slightest idea what the writers are talking about. I didn't have a clue what couture or ready-to-wear meant before I learned about it in school. So for those of us who need a fashion vocab boost, this is for you.......

chic (shk)
Conforming to the current fashion; stylish: chic clothes; a chic boutique.
Adopting or setting current fashions and styles; sophisticated: chic, well-dressed young executives. See Synonyms at fashionable.

Ready-to-wear or Pret-a-porter
fashion design term for clothing marketed in a finished condition, in standard clothing sizes. Some fashion houses or fashion designers create ready-to-wear lines that are mass-produced and industrially manufactured. Others offer lines that are still very exclusive and produced only in limited numbers and only for a limited time

haute couture
French, literally, high sewing
the houses or designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions for women

term used to describe an avid follower of fashion, one working in or deeply involved with the high-fashion industry

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