THE SARTORIAL DANDY

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Glossary

A compilation of abbreviations and terminology commonly used in the fashion world.

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Bespoke - Highest measure of men’s tailoring. The buyer has total control over the fabric used, the fit and features, as well as the way the garment should be made.

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Glen Plaid - A woolen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. See also: Prince of Wales Check

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Made to Measure (MTM) - Tailored clothing sewn from a standard-sized base pattern to match the buyer’s measurements.


Midnight Blue - A dark shade of blue which is almost indistinguishable from black. Considered to be the only acceptable alternative to black as a colour for dinner jackets and tuxedos.

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Off the Rack (OTR) - Factory-made clothing sold in finished condition in standardized sizes. See also: Ready to Wear 

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Plaid - A pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Common colours are blue, green, red and white. See also: Tartan

Prince of Wales (POW) Check - Popularized by and nicknamed after the Duke of Windsor when he was Prince of Wales. A woolen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. See also: Glen Plaid

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Ready to Wear (RTW) - Factory-made clothing sold in finished condition in standardized sizes. See also: Off the Rack 

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Seersucker - Thin, cotton fabric used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. Most commonly seen in the form of white and blue stripes.

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Tartan - A pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Common colours are blue, green, red and white. See also: Tartan

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