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Offline VandrenTopic starter

Terminology Question (Clothing)
« on: January 11, 2011, 08:12:30 AM »
I'm considering using the following image as inspiration for a project I'm working on, but have a question.  What would you call the top she's wearing (in clothing terminology)?  I toyed with "halter top", but wasn't sure if there's a more specific name for this style.


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Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 09:38:34 AM »
The closest term I could come up with is a "bandeau" which is similar to a tube top or a bikini top that doesn't use formed cups.  Some of the definitions I found describe it as a band-shaped covering for the breasts.


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Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 10:07:31 AM »
Personally, I'd call it a scarf, although worn in a non-typical manner.

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Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 10:12:09 AM »
I found this link which shows something pretty similar, which explains how to wrap a scarf around to make a swimsuit top, so I think Oniya is correct. 


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Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 10:19:20 AM »
The thing is that it could start out as a scarf but once it's used as a different article of clothing, in this case a top, the term bandeau might apply.

"Joan cleverly wound the scarf over her breasts creating a bandeau to match her skirt."

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Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 10:52:07 AM »
          Not to be the last word by any means, but I tend to associate "bandeau" first with tops that don't extend above the elbow -- Edit, underarm, all the same right?  ::)  level.  Wikipedia claims that "bandeau" traditionally doesn't include any straps --  In practice though, it seems more like the rule only refers to shoulder straps. 

          Some places call these "criss cross tops" (Although that is not limited to tops of a short length.  Full coverage blouses can be marked criss-cross when they include showy lines around the bust, too.)  Some places choose to say "criss cross bra tops."  I think that's perhaps more explanatory...  But it doesn't roll off the tongue when you want to be short and sweet -- like the outfit.

          My suspicion:  There is no hard and fast rule, but as with women's sizing:  So many local terms (and sales pitches). 

          Oh, but I did find pretty pictures along the way!



 

         
« Last Edit: January 11, 2011, 11:16:40 AM by kylie »

Offline VandrenTopic starter

Re: Terminology Question (Clothing)
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011, 11:59:33 AM »
Danke all, I kinda figured there wasn't going to be anything "hard and fast" (as it were), but thought I'd ask more fashion knowledgeable people.   ;D