Fashion The New Fashion Glossary From TikTok trends to sustainable materials, here are the terms you need to know. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines and Alyssa Hardy Alyssa Hardy Instagram Twitter Alyssa Hardy is a fashion and culture writer living in New York City. She was formerly the Fashion News Editor at Teen Vogue and the Senior News Editor at InStyle. She recently launched a newsletter titled "This Stuff," which publishes twice weekly. In each edition, readers find timely commentary on news stories and current events in fashion, along with personal essays and musings on trends and celebrity style, featuring personal anecdotes from Alyssa's life as a fashion insider.Alyssa is a staunch advocate for garment workers' rights, and has a deep passion for educating others about fashion's environmental impact — tones that can be felt throughout 'This Stuff.' Her work has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, NYLON, Refinery29, TeenVogue, Ladygunn, Fashionista, and Allure. She is currently working on her debut book, a non-fiction exploration of ethics in fashion titled 'Worn Out.' InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on September 1, 2020 @ 09:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email If there is one thing we learned in 2020, it’s that the world can change in an instant and fashion is no different. But with an ever-evolving industry comes new ideas, trends, and styles, most of which require a little bit of research to fully understand. So, in the spirit of less complicated, more inclusive views on fashion, we put together a new glossary that seeks to define everything from sustainability to weird trends everyone on TikTok is wearing. Let’s Stop Pretending We Need New Clothes Every Season Babydoll Shoes Mary-Jane shoes styled with long or ankle-length socks, creating a look that is similar to what an American Girl doll would wear. Blanket Dress Long, loose dresses that are essentially large enough to act as a blanket. Capsule Wardrobe An edited-down version of your wardrobe, which includes the essential, versatile, and oftentimes classic pieces that work for everyday wear. The purpose is to mix and match these items instead of frequently buying new clothes. Carrot-Leg Jeans An ‘80s-inspired jeans style, which are loose up top but tighter toward the bottom. Some versions also include pleats. Circular Fashion Clothing, shoes, and textiles that are produced with the entire life cycle in mind. Meaning it takes into consideration all aspects of the impact the item has on people and the planet. Econyl Regenerated nylon made from ocean and landfill waste. It’s been used most recently by brands like Prada and Gucci. Is the Hemline Index Actually Real? Green Washing Providing information that makes a company or a brand seem like they are doing more to promote or produce environmentally friendly products. Pilgrim Collar A very oversized, oftentimes white collar. It may include ruffles or be made of lace. Plus-3 Rule A street-style trick that involves adding three statement-making extras — accessories, layers, or shoes — to an otherwise simple outfit. Seasonless Fashion Clothing that does not adhere to seasonal trends, and does not follow the traditional fashion week calendar. Shest A knit or button-up vest that is styled like a shirt with nothing underneath. Sustainable A vague term used to describe clothing that is made with the intention of little to no harm to the planet. There are no regulations around the term, and therefore it's often associated with green-washing. These Four Wardrobe Staples Mysteriously Look Great On Everyone TinyTies The small, bow-like tie on the straps of dresses and shirts. Wallpaper Dress A dress that includes a floral or geometric wallpaper-like pattern.