BLOG_FashionistaI don’t know about you but I am not one to follow fashion slavishly (also known as fashion slaves). I am no fashionista. However, I do like to dress well.

When I worked in finance I had to dress in business suits whether it was a tailored jacket and trousers or tailored jacket and skirt. I preferred trouser suits as I felt more comfortable wearing them. I spent a lot of money buying my suits and blouses or shirts that would match my suits. I also had to think of all the accessories that would go with the clothes – like what shoes to wear, handbags to carry and sometimes, the right belt that would match the trousers.

As far as shoes were concerned, when I was younger I chose some high-heeled or stiletto heels that were really uncomfortable to wear especially after a day standing in them. However,for the sake being fashionable I had no choice but to wear them!
Now that I am a few years older and wiser, you wouldn’t see me dead in a pair of stiletto shoes. You’re more likely to see me in a pair of trainers or Birkenstocks!

As an English teacher who works predominantly from home, I have become extremely lazy with my clothes. I spend most of my days in leggings, joggers, jeans and casual shirts and sweat tops. I will accessorise my clothes with some jewellery, mainly costume jewellery, though. I don’t want you to get the idea that I am a complete fashion disaster!

So no surprise then that I don’t follow the latest trends in the fashion world. Fashion magazines bore me. Consequently, I was unaware that we were in the middle of Fashion Week here in London until yesterday. In fact today is the last day of London Fashion Week. It started last Friday 12 September. It didn’t, however, stop me from thinking that the event was a great trigger to write a post about fashion vocabulary.

There is a proverb in English: “Great minds think alike” and that is exactly what I thought when I saw this infographic created by Kaplan to celebrate London Fashion Week. I had to share it with you here. You can see more of the post on the Kaplan website.

fashion vocabularyKaplan International English

Entitled “Describe your style in English”, the infographic gives some vocabulary on the different clothes and accessories people wear. I have to say that I’ve discovered some new styles from reading this infographic, especially concerning glasses (or spectacles).

Kaplan have shared the vocabulary from these ‘destination style icons’ namely,speaking the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. The styles originated from these countries and have now become a part of everyday fashion. Do you wear any of the items shown?

How would you describe your style? Are you a fashionista?

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Key to the colours
The expressions in blue relate to fashion vocabulary and the phrases in pink are expressions and collocations you can use anytime. The expressions in orange are idiomatic or slang expressions with, in some cases, a link to explain what they mean.