Are you familiar with the style terms in men’s fashion? In case you aren’t caught up on the major terms, we created this handy men’s style cheat sheet. Learning about styling ideas and designers is what keeps the fashion wheel spinning, making for fresh outfits on your Instagram feeds. So, go ahead, read on to brush up on your fashion style terms.
1. Aviators are originally developed for military pilots, hence the name. Aviators are a style of sunglasses with a thin, wire frame and large, teardrop-shaped lenses. Worn slavishly since the 1960s, the classic eyewear style have seen their popularity soar due to continued celebrity use and films such as Top Gun.
2. Jack Purcells were created when B.F. Goodrich called Jack Purcell in to design a new court-ready sneaker, and Purcell went the way of the times… conservative, understated. His sneaker placed performance first, utilizing Goodrich’s advanced rubber to create a sole that could hug the surface of the court, finished off with a light canvas body that allowed the shoe to breathe. Purcell wasn’t all about minimalism though, he did throw in the shoe’s trademark “smile” on the toe cap for good measure.
3. MA-1 Bomber Jacket is a short, zip-front jacket traditionally made of leather with an elasticated waistband and cuffs. It was created in the late 1940s, when the Air Force stepped into the modern era of aerial combat with the introduction of jet fighter planes.
4. Pinstripes are narrow, crisp lines running in parallel, found in cloth often used for suiting. Originally called a coach line, the pattern is evenly woven into fabric generally spaced one half to one inch apart were about as flamboyant as it got in the ’20s, which made it a natural favorite for mobsters and rum-runners during the Prohibition Era.
5. Panama Hat is a wide-brimmed hat made from straw-like material and was an Ecuadorian secret until the sixteenth century when Conquistadors, on their way to the mythical El Dorado, began wearing them.
6. Rugby Shirt is a top of a kind worn by rugby players, having a buttoned collar and typically long-sleeved with broad stripes. It’s made from thick cotton that would stand tough (and not rip) on the wrong end of a scrum — the ideal shirt for sports.
7. Safari Jacket, a belted lightweight jacket, typically having short sleeves and four patch pockets. It is a cross between a shooting jacket and a military field jacket, perfectly suited for the escalating temperatures of the African countryside.
8. Varsity Jacket is traditionally worn by high school and college students in the United States to represent school and team pride as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics, academics or activities. This style of jacket was first created when the Harvard Baseball team decided to take their uniforms and sew giant “H”‘s onto the center of them, thus creating the “letterman jacket.”
9. Modern-day Brogues are abbreviated, decorative dots that give a shoe a nice bit of personality. Brogues were never meant for the boardroom. Today, they’re have become a tasteful way to show some personality with your footwear without veering towards the dangerously gaudy. Just as suitable for a business meeting when paired with a gray suit as for the weekend when worn with jeans.
10. Button-Down Collar Shirt is one of those all-important pieces that remain a cornerstone of American style and still the backbone of any self respecting man’s wardrobe, perfect for everything from a lazy Saturday brunch to that big board meeting.
11. Camp Moc was first popularized by L.L. Bean during the days when you could still guarantee people would actually be wearing them around the campsite. It featured hand sewn upper, adjustable top laces, and a flexible rubber sole. The shoe was dubbed the “Camp Moc” and instantly became revered for it’s comfort – especially out in the wilderness.
12. Cardigan is a knitted sweater fastening down the front, typically with long sleeves. It’s staying power is remarkable in and of itself, but it becomes even more extraordinary when you consider that the design reaches back to the 1850s.
13. Corduroy is a thick cotton fabric with velvety ribs. Its roots as far back as 200 B.C. Egypt. It later became the fabric of choice for the working class, as jobs demanded a uniform that could take some abuse.
14. Cufflinks is a device for fastening together the sides of a shirt cuff. These links date back to the reign of French king Louis XIV, when they were known as “sleeve buttons.”
15. Duffle Coat is made of duffel, typically hooded and fastened with toggles. This style of coat comes from a military background, making its first appearance on the backs of British Navy officers during World War I.
16. Hiking Boot are footwear specifically designed for protecting the feet and ankles during outdoor walking activities such as hiking. Think about what Sir Edmund Hillary wore as he conquered Everest, tone that down a touch, and you’ve got the makings of the hiking boot.
17. Hawaiian Shirts are a mix of Japanese, Filipino, American, and native Hawaiian influences in a sartorial brew, creating the quintessential Aloha shirt. Also referred to as a Aloha shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii — printed, mostly short-sleeved, and collared.
18. Schott Perfecto Motorcycle Jacket is the leather jacket famously worn by Marlon Brando in the 1953 biker flick The Wild One. When it comes to pure tough mother American style, no one ever did it better than Brando. With those beat-up blue jeans, perfect crew neck tee, captain’s cap, blood red motorcycle, and signature sneer.
19. Oxford Shirt is a style of shirt defined strictly by the Oxford weave; a basket-weave pattern that combines two yarns woven lengthwise against a heavier yarn crosswise. This shirt can be paired with either business or sporty dress codes.
20. Selvedge Denim was first created in America during the late nineteenth century on “old-style” shuttle looms that use one long continuous thread. The edges on these strips of fabric come finished with tightly woven bands running down each side that prevent fraying, raveling, or curling. Because the edges come out of the loom finished, denim produced on shuttle looms are referred to as having a “self-edge,” hence the name “selvedge” denim.