Love it or hate it, there are fashion terms and phrases around the world that are highly overused – or used improperly. We are all guilty of using the same word or term to describe a celebrity’s style, the clothing we see or our personal style. After reading an article about retiring the word “fashionista” and using “stylista” instead, I thought it would be interesting to share the top ten overused fashion terms and phrases I hear – over and over…and OVER, again.
1. Dope = Cool, nice, awesome
2. “Beat” = A term heavily used in the beauty/makeup industry to describe the perfection of makeup application. (Ex: “My face is beat, honey!” or “(Insert name here), just beat my face!”)
3. Fashionista = A person devoted to fashion clothing, particularly unique or high fashion
4. Fierce = Being bold. Typically related to fashion, clothes, hair or makeup. This term was heavily used as a powerful word of encouragement from the legendary, Tyra Banks, on America’s Next Top Model.
5. Chic = Classy, sophisticated, glamorous. Remaining stylish and fashionable without being flashy
6. Slay = Really good.
7. “You better work!” or “Woooork!” =A term used by none other than RuPaul on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” meaning, “You better use your talent, set up to the plate and bring it.”
8. “All _____ everything.” (Ex: “All black everything). A term that became heavily popularized after Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” song dropped: “Pledge your allegiance/Get y’all black tees on/All black everything/Black cards, black cars/All black everything.”
9. Couture = the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made women’s clothing. However, many people use the word “couture” to add a more fancy attribute to clothing when it is NOT couture or custom made clothing.
10. High (Ex: High end, High fashion) = A term which insinuates “the best.” However, placing “high” before many terms can allow the word itself to become misused when describing fashion.
What are some words that belong on this list? Or, words/phrases you use often?