Ballet Neckline

A ballet neckline is wide and rounded and falls below the collarbone – named after the neckline on standard ballet leotards.

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Picture from Jester Jewelers: The Vault
Neckline to Necklace Cheat Sheet. A fabulous resource for accessorizing with necklaces.

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Asymmetric Neckline

An asymmetric neckline is any neckline that looks different on either side of the center front of the top or dress. It can be cut differently or it could be the same, but one side is folded down while the other is fastened up. Asymmetric necklines were popularized in the 80s and are a great way to feature neck and shoulders.

Bebe Eloise Asymmetric Neckline Dress
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Swing Jacket also Swagger Jacket

A swing jacket is a short, flared and easy-fitting jacket, usually part of a suit. Swing/swagger jackets originated in the 1930’s but became most popular in the 1950’s. While, it was originally called a swagger jacket, most people use swing today. Currently, sports jackets such as letterman’s jackets are sometimes called swagger jackets.

This is a swing jacket from Second Life.


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Argyle is a plaid pattern distinguished by its diamond shape. It has large diamonds and narrow stripes and is often made with bright contrasting colors. It is most common in socks and  sweaters, but contemporary designers look to find new ways to incorporate argyle.

Here are some Argyle plaids used in Second Life®.

Argyle Knit Fabric Poster


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Plaids are fabrics woven from differently colored fibers that cross each other in order to make patterns. By crossing vertically and diagonally on a loom, colors not only form lines in their own color, but blend to form new colors.

Plaid is primarily identified with Scotland where different patterns served to identify different clans. The words plaid and tartan are often used interchangeably but they are different – at least historically. In Scotland, tartan is the pattern and plaid is a tartan patterned cloth. Meanwhile, in the US, plaid generally refers to the pattern.

Plaid was most commonly made in wool, but today it is made in many fabrics. Plaids come in a seemingly endless variety as you can see by taking a peek at this Google® Search result.

Types of Plaids

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Profile Hat

profile hat


A profile hat is a hat that is worn down one side of the head, making a frame to outline and highlight the open side of the face. Profile hats were most popular in the 40s, but continue to be an elegant choice today.

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Peter Pan Collar

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PeterPan Collar

A rounded, turned down collar. It can vary in width from narrow to very wide. It is often made in contrasting fabric, white, black or even with crochet, tatting or other lace.  It is often used to project innocence and naiveté. Sometimes a white cotton Peter Pan collar will be juxtaposed with hard-edged black leather or other more transgressive looks  to provide an element of surprise.

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New Look

By Cajsa Lilliehook

The New Look was introduced by Christian Dior in  his first collection in 1947. It featured clothing using lots of fabric, voluminous skirts. World War II was over and so was fabric rationing and this was a celebration of that. It was wild, extravagantly feminine and very controversial – denounced in Britain where they were still rationing.

Check out Voguepedia’s entry on the New Look for much more information.

New Look Dior by Richard Avedon

Christian Dior’s New Look – 1947 – photo by Richard Avedon

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Collar Construction

By Cajsa Lilliehook

The part of a dress, jacket, coat, shirt or blouse that goes around the neck. It’s usually made of fabric. If it is made of different fabric than the article of clothing, it is often called a contrasting collar. Here is an illustration of the elements of a woman’s collar. 


So we have the collar itself, the piece usually made of fabric or lace that is sewn onto the neck of a garment for embellishment.  Where the collar turns down or folds is called the break line and the top edge of the break line is called the stand. The inside of the collar behind the neck is called the roll. The folded part of the fabric that runs along the collar is called the leading edge and the part that goes from the break line over the fabric is called the fall. The part that turns down over the chest is called the lapel. Where the collar meets the lapel is called the notch. The tip of the collar is called the collar point.

These terms are useful because some collars have a high stand, or a wide or narrow lapel and being able to describe the variations in the different elements of collar construction make it easier to describe the collar.

Collars do not have to be made of fabric, they can be made of metal, fur or anything else. They can be matching or contrasting fabric. They can be rounded, pointed, rolled and come in many variations.

Shoes can also have a collar, an ornamental addition stitched around the top of the shoe upper.

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