You Wear a Wimple, and I'll Wear a Snood


One of the many things that make apparel design, fashion and costumes so dear to me are the amazing, whimsical words that have been used over the centuries to name different articles of clothing. Some of my favorite examples are:

Wimple ( head and neck scarf typically worn in the middle ages )
Peplum ( the "skirt" of a jacket or blouse, popular in the 1940's )
Snood ( knitted, or tatted net to hold the hair off the neck)
Reticule ( dainty coin purse )
Organza ( stiff, sheer material )
Toile (printed fabric with a classical theme, on a neutral background)
Bustle (hideously restricting metal cages worn on lower back or hips under skirt to give volume)
Crinoline ( frilly, stiff underskirt, comes in a rainbow of colors)
Eyelet ( embroidered cut-outs in cotton)
Tatting (a technique for making lace)
Underpinnings (vintage underwear)
Cotillion (not fashion, just an afternoon luncheon, but a delicious word anyway)
Taffeta (stiff, shiny dress fabric)
Georgette (slinky silk)

See how fun this sentence is to say out loud,

"The pearl-grey taffeta bodice set off the lightness of the organza peplum set just over the full bustle, and the way her hair escaped the golden snood was considered quite daring for an early afternoon cotillion." (What a brazen hussy!)

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