Glossary of terms used on this site
Price On Application - This is usually for a special piece that has to be ordered as a one-off from the designer or brand at the beginning of the season.
Vibrant pattern typified by a comma or tear drop shape. Persian in origin, Paisley print derives its name from the town of Paisley in central Scotland. The brightly coloured, almost psychedelic patterning often makes Paisley associated with the 1960’s and the hippy generation. Christopher Bailey likes to experiment with Paisley at Burberry and Liberty has some great paisley style prints called Mark and Bourton in its archives.
A warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a fur trimmed hood, originally worn by Eskimos or Inuits. Originally made from caribou or seal, it was invented by the Caribou Inuit of the Arctic region, who needed clothing that would protect them from wind chill and wet while hunting and kayaking. The word parka is of Aleut origin.
Leather with a very shiny and glossy finish. Modern patent leather usually has a plastic finish. Good black patent should resemble crude oil. Once only for worn with evening dress, patent shoes have proved very popular with any kind of trouser, day or night.
A pea coat is an outer coat, generally of a navy-coloured heavy wool originally worn by sailors of European navies. Pea coats are characterized by broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, often large wooden or metal buttons, and vertical or slash pockets. A "bridge coat" is a pea coat that extends to the thighs, and is a uniform exclusively for officers and Chief Petty Officers. The "reefer" is for officers only, and is identical to the basic design but usually has gold buttons and epaulettes. The pea coat was named after the warm woollen fabric called "pij" that the Dutch used to make their sailor's jackets.The pea coat is the coat shape of the season.
A traditional slip on with a strip of leather covering the top of the tongue with a ‘Penny slot’ design in the centre.
|Pepper and salt||
An Irish tweed originally woven in County Donegal, that has a rough, knobbly surface. It is often woven with dark and light flecks and the pattern is generally called ‘pepper and salt’. This is a very stylish tweed to have a single breasted suit made from and to wear during the autumn and winter months.
pe-kay - A stiff corded cotton fabric mostly seen on the collars of polo shirts.
Most common term in men’s wear is the strip of material at the centre-front of a button-front shirt, if something is described as having a concealed placket, this means the buttons are covered by material so you don’t see them.
plad - Americans tend to call check patterns plaids and this is becoming more common here. It also means the long piece of cloth worn over the shoulder , usually in tartan as part of Highland dress
A fold or crease sewn or pressed into cloth that gathers a wider piece of fabric into a narrower area. Mostly seen on the front of old men’s trousers, can look very chic when exaggerated.
Very Bertie Woorster on the golf course. Derived from knickerbockers but are four inches longer, hence the + four so they over hang the fastening.
This actually cowhide with the hair left on one side and is not made from ponies or horses.
A plain weave cotton fabric with slightly pronounced ribs running across it. A fabric consisting of a silk warp with a weft of worsted yarn. Shirts made from this are easier to iron.
|Pork pie hat||
This hat gets its name from a resemblance to a pork pie. The crown is flat with a rim like the crust found on the pie. Typically they are made of felt.
|Prince of Wales check||
The term is commonly applied to almost any Glen Urquhart check particularly in black and white as often favoured by the Duke of Windsor. The understanding is that the original Prince of Wales check was designed by Edward VII for country and shooting use in Scotland and is a very large check with a repeat of nine inches in bold red or brown on a cream ground with a grey overcheck. Commonly seen in a light suit fabric, it is a fine check overlaid with a colour check and where the fine checks cross over each they bleed into a houndstooth-type patterned square. Had a moment in the late eighties when ever window cleaner done good was seen sporting a double breasted Prince of Wales grey suit, but this is such a beautiful check it is returning in a big way.
Pretty much is what it says it is, a knitted garment pulled over the head with no opening at the front.
The word ‘pyjama’ traces its etymological origin to the Persian word ‘payjama’, meaning ‘leg garment’. However, it was first incorporated into English from the Hindustani language. During the seventeenth century, British men wore pyjamas as casual attires while relaxing, until they became outmoded. They soon gained ground in the west during the colonial era, and became popular as sleepwear, with designs inspired from similar traditional Indian and Persian garments. In India, pyjamas comprised of important clothing items of women and Sikh men. In addition, with the adoption of pyjamas by Englishmen, their popularity soon perforated all across the globe. It's about the piping and the pockets and the relaxed neck.