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23 items of men's clothing jargon that you don't know the definition of and are too afraid to ask

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Magazines and websites will often use fancy jargon when talking about men's clothing and fashion. Though not on purpose, this can actually alienate a lot of readers.

What's a lapel? Who has ever heard of the difference between an Oxford and a blucher? 

But just because these terms are treated like common knowledge and bandied about doesn't mean everyone knows what they mean.

So, if you're not all caught up with these terms and you're too afraid to ask, we created this handy men's fashion jargon cheat sheet.

 

 

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Lapel

The folded fabric on the front of a suit jacket's collar. It's usually notched or peak and should be in proportion, width-wise, to your tie.



Shawl Collar

A type of lapel with no notch or fold. A shawl collar, also known as a shawl lapel, runs unbroken from the top of the collar to the buttons.

  

 

 

 



Bespoke

A piece that has been crafted to the customer's specifications. The client is measured and has the option to choose everything from fabric to stitching. 



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