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The Debenhams fashion dictionary


Fashion dictionary

We’re issuing a dictionary, to help shoppers understand the latest clothing terms. It seems that many of our customers don’t understand the plethora of new descriptions and phrases emerging from the fashion industry.

While some newly made up words such as Shacket and Treggings are instantly understood by clothing industry insiders, it looks like they’re leaving much of the public baffled.

The Debenhams fashion dictionary 

Blurt [Blouse/Skirt] all in one blouse and skirt combo.
Cardigown [Cardigan/Dressing Gown] Cardigan, usually long and belted like a cardigan.
Coatigan [Coat /Cardigan] Cardigan with a coat appearance.
Jardigan [Jacket/Cardigan] a thick jacket like cardigan that requires no coat on top.
Jeggings [Jean/Leggings] Leggings with jean like qualities.
Jombats [Jegging/Combats] tight combats of jegging quality.
Mace [Male Lace]
Mackets [Mac/Jacket] a cross between a mac and a jacket.
Mandles [Man – Sandals] sandals for men.
Mankinis [Male/Bikini] skimpy swimwear for men championed by Borat.
Meggings [Male Leggings] very tight jersey trousers for men.
Mubes [Maxi Tube Dress]
Shacket [Shirt/Jacket] Jacket of shirt like appearance.
Shoots [Shoe/Boots] not quite a shoe nor a boot but something in between.
Skorts [Skirt/Short] shorts with the look of a skirt i.e. culottes.
Skousers [Skirt/Trousers] trousers with an attached skirt.
Tankini [Tank/Bikini] cross between a bikini and a tank top for a more modest swim option.
Tregging [Trouser/Legging] Leggings of trouser like appearance.
Watchlet [Watch/Bracelet] a bracelet which includes a time telling decorative element.
Whorts [Winter shorts] thick, often wool based shorts, normally worn with tights in winter.

Update, October 2011.

Mangrow [Baby grow for men]
Shinos [Short/chinos] a top trend this past summer
Trogues [trainer/brogues]
Jorts [jean/shorts]
Athleisure Clothes to take you from work to gym
Spants [Skirt/pants] Hareem pants
Swacket [sweater/jacket]
Glittens Mittens that roll back to reveal gloved fingers

The Debenhams dictionary has been rolled out to all stores too.

The cardigown

We’ve decided to produce the dictionary so that every shopper – both fashion expert and non expert alike – can shop easily and clearly in all of our stores. However, we are also urging the fashion industry to use existing English words to describe their garments rather than made up amalgamations. We’d love to drop all these amalgamations and at the very least we are committed to keeping their use to a minimum. Hopefully the dictionary will go some way to cleaning up the confusion.

What do you think? Which words from the list would have confused you? Can you think of any more we should add?

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  • Rollergirl

    Yuck, these made up words are utterly ridiculous. I have never heard of a blurt. Please.

  • fay

    hehe this made me chuckle.. loving the shacket.. don’t think “whorts” will catch on however!

  • Lilou

    I’m flabbergasted… hope these words won’t make it to the dictionary

  • Me

    I always thought a skort was shorts, but with a flap at the front to make it look like a skirt, not cullottes…..

  • Sarah

    These are ridiculous! Have people nothing better to do with their time?

  • FunkyWorm

    This is nonsense. Who wrote it and decided it was good enough to publish?

  • http://blog.debenhams.com Jenny, editor

    Thanks for all your comments, nice to see we’ve sparked a bit of a debate. We completely agree that the more obscure of these words have no place in our day-to-day vocab, but retailers have used such words to describe products.

    Which of the terms, if any, do you think make sense and should stay?

  • Sarah

    Watchlet isn’t too bad but I thought it would just fall under dress watch. Whorts is possible the worst of the bunch. They’re still shorts! Just a bit thicker.

  • matt

    I think these are just getting out of hand now. Soon there will be so many made up words nobody will have a clue what anyone is talking about. Just because its something made to look like something else doesn’t mean it needs a whole new name just say what it is and it looks like what ever its crossed with. Personally I don’t think any should stay because it’s just childish.

  • corsetsus

    Oh please do not carry on with this – we teachers are getting enough stick without you adding to it with made up words!

  • http://www.smartplanninguk.com Mimi

    I have been working as a translator for the high-end fashion industry for over 25 years and only more recently I have come across terms like “jeggings” and “tankini”, but none of the others.
    It is quite normal that insiders use their own jargon, but do not expect the public to use such neologisms nor understand their meaning. Learning to speak good English is already a big issue in the UK (no more on this subject!). Every modern language evolves but if we want changes to become an enduring legacy, they should not be imposed nor artificial. I would rather support a dictionary of fashion terms that explains the existing words, including all types of fabrics, textures, treatments, finishes, prints, stitches, techno and new man made materials and so on. It would be quite useful to educate or inform clients on what they are actually buying, but I assume that this is not the objective of this list of terms.

  • Sonya Maximus

    Lol. Someone is get paid a good 5 to 6 figure salary to come up with these amalgamations (words)

    Keep smiling its almost Christmas

  • Toni

    BLURT…??! Surely its a dress??! SKORT…this is a pair of shorts with a skirt bit attatched, NOT like culottes

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