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P.O.A.
P.O.A. - 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.
Paisley
Paisley - 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.
Parka
Parka - 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 Originally made from caribou or seal, it was invented by the Caribou Inuit of the Arctic region, who needed clothing that would protect them from wind chill and wet while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.
Patent leather
Patent leather - 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.
Pea coat
Pea coat - 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.
Penny Loafer
Penny Loafer - 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
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.
Piqué
Piqué - pe-kay - A stiff corded cotton fabric mostly seen on the collars of polo shirts.
Placket
Placket - 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.
Plaid
Plaid - 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.
Pleats
Pleats - 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.
Plus-fours
Plus-fours - Very Bertie Woorster on the golf course. Derived from knickerbockers but are four inches longer, hence the + four so they over hang the fastening.
Pony-skin
Pony-skin - This actually cowhide with the hair left on one side and is not made from ponies or horses.
Poplin
Poplin - 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
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.