Glossary of terms used on this site
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A looser fitting, single-breasted coat which has a raglan sleeve. Usually a raincoat. Designed in Scotland, the idea being fewer seams would lower the risk of water creeping in.
Batik - The art of decorating cloth using wax and dye. It has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.
Beaver-Lamb Fur - Lambskin sheared to look like beaver.
Beret - ber-ray - A round, flat cap usually made of wool and traditionally associated with French peasants or elite military units.
Bespoke - Ber-spoke - Bespoke derives from the word ‘bespeak’, meaning \'to ask for\' some thing. The term comes from Savile Row, where a customer would bespeak a measure of cloth. The bespoke bolt of cloth was not available to any other client until the entire suit had been cut, assembled, and sewn. Bespoke is often confused with made to measure but is not simply a process of tailoring measurements, it allows the wearer to choose materials, colours and any details they specifically request and it is also entirely hand sewn. This is the ultimate in male dressing; the haute couture of menswear.
Binding - This is the tape sewn into the inside of the bottom of your trousers without which the constant rubbing on your shoes might cause unsightly fraying.
Bird’s Eye - A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds each having a dot in the centre.
Black Tie - This term has changed somewhat, there was once a time when we were afraid to be under dressed; the reverse is now true. Generally ‘Black tie’ means a dinner jacket. Anything else you team with the jacket is up to your personality and individuality, but never trainers, please.
Blazer - It originated in the 1860’s as a short jacket with patch pockets worn for tennis and cricket. Usually brightly coloured and sporting metal buttons. It has had something of a bad image thanks to Alan Partridge and his ‘sports casual’ look.
Boat Shoes - Boat shoes are sometimes called deck shoes, Topsiders or Docksides®. Invented by Paul Sperry in 1935, the boat or deck shoe was inspired by Sperry's cocker spaniel, Prince, running across the ice on a winter's day in Connecticut. Noticing the tiny cracks and cuts going in all directions on Prince's paws, Sperry developed a patent called 'Razor-Siping' on the soles which provided a non-slip surface.
Boater - bow-ter - A hard straw hat, usually seen on toffs when near water.
Bouclé - boo- clay - A curled effect on the surface of a cloth producing small loops of thread. Think the material in your granny’s classic Chanel jacket.
Bow Tie - The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops. Today, there is something slightly eccentric (in a good way) associated with wearing bow ties away from the traditional realms of ‘black tie’. TheChicGeek calls it ‘Antique Roadshow chic’.