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How to pronounce common fashion terms

 

If you want to be a sophisticated fashion girl, then it's time to up your vocab game. No one wants to be passé! Here's a list of 30 fashion terms that will get you sounding like a fashion editor in no time.

 

A


Atelier – ah-tuh-lee-AY

Aubergine– O-bur-jeen

Avant-Garde – ah-von-GUARD

B


Bouffant – boo-FON

 

C


Chambray – SHAM-bray

Chenille – shan-tee-yee

Chic – sheek

Chignon – she-NON

Chiné – she-NAY

Coiffure – kwaf-FURE

Couture – ko-TOOR

Couturier – ko-TOOR-re-AY

Culottes – KOO-lots

D


Décolletage – day-co-lay-TAHGZ

d'Orsay – dore-say

 

E


Empire – OHM-peer

 

H


Haute Couture – OAT kuh-TOOR

F


Faux – foh

 

M


Macramé – MAC-ruh-may

Maison – maze-ON

Maison de Haute Couture – maze-ON duh oat kou-TOOR

Mode Militaire – mode mi-lee-TARE

 

O


Oeuvre – UH-vruh

Ombré – ohm-BRAY

P


Parfumerie – par-fume-air-ee

Passementerie – pass-men-tar-ee

Pret-a-porte  – pret-uh-pore-TAY

 

R


Rouching – ROOSH-ing

T


Toque – tow-KAW

Trompe l'oeil – trom-PUH luh-OYE