Style Glossary: Shoe Styles

We are shoe gals here at PMHQ and are always eager to try a different shoe style. Take a peek at this list of shoe styles from our Style Glossary and be sure to snag one of each for your own shoe collection!


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D’orsay: Refers to any shoe that has a closed heel and toe but which is cut down to the sole at the sides. It can be made with a heel of any type and any style of vamp (front).


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Espadrille: Shoe with a canvas upper and rope sole.


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Flatform: A type of shoe that has a very thick, but fairly flat sole. This type of shoes is typically associated with 90’s fashion.


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Loafer: Moccasin-style classic slip on shoe that has a slotted strap at the front. The strap is stitched to the front (vamp) of the shoe. If the strap has a coin inserted in the slot, the shoe is called a penny loafer. If it has a tassel at the front, it is a tassel-top loafer. Sometimes a metal chain is fasten to the strap, and the shoe is called a chain loafer. As a modern twist on a loafer, sometimes you’ll see them without the slotted strap.


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Mule: Shoe or slipper, usually made with high heel, that has a vamp (fitted front) but nothing at the back. The front part of the shoe can be made in any one of many different styles. The heel can vary in height.


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Oxford: A basic shoe style that either laces shut or is closed with some other fastening. Details of styling and cut will vary.




Slides: A typically flat shoe or sandal that has a strap across the foot without a back.

Eager to increase your fashion vocabulary? See more women’s clothing terms in our fashion glossary.

Style Glossary: Warm Weather Fabrics

The temperatures are rising and the wardrobe you’ve been wearing for the last several months is starting to feel…heavy. What’s a girl to do? Buy a new spring wardrobe on Poshmark, of course! Here are six fabric terms from our Style Glossary to help you find the lightweight pieces that will keep you looking (and feeling!) cool all spring and summer long.


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Chambray: A lightweight woven cotton fabric with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. It is often referred to as a lightweight denim.


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Chiffon: A woven fabric with a crepe texture, chiffon is sheer and airy and is usually woven from silk or synthetic fibers.


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Georgette: A sheer, lightweight crepe fabric with a crinkled finish. Bridal gowns, evening dresses, and other formal wear are sometimes made with georgette fabric.


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Jersey: A type of soft, knitted fabric that can be made from wool, cotton or silk.


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Poplin: A strong, finely ribbed fabric made from silk, wool, cotton or synthetics.


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Seersucker: A lightweight cotton, linen or rayon fabric with puckers and, usually, stripes.

Eager to increase your fashion vocabulary? See more women’s clothing terms in our fashion glossary.

Style Glossary: Dresses

We’ve all been there: You’ve just pulled out a dress from your closet that you’ve been seen in one too many times and are ready to list it on Poshmark. You know it’s important to accurately and thoroughly describe your items on Poshmark, but you’re not quite sure how to describe the style or silhouette. Not to worry, we’ve got your back, girl! We’ve selected a few helpful terms from our new Women’s Fashion Glossary to help you get the low-down on common dress styles.


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A-line: An A-line dress silhouette mimics the letter “A” and has a narrow top and a flare. You can also find the A-line shape on skirts and women’s coats.

Fit and Flare

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Fit and Flare: A fit and flare dress closely hugs the body through the bodice and right past the hip, where the skirt then flares away from the body. You can also find this style on skirts.


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Sheath: A sheath dress is a short, slim-fitting dress that is cut to cinch in at the waist without a belt or waistband.

Shift Dress

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Shift dress: A shift dress has a loose fit and lacks a defined waistline. It is often a short dress.

Shirt Dress

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Shirt Dress: A dress with a collar and buttons in the style of a shirt, typically cut without a seam at the waist.


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Skater: A skater dress resembles the dresses the figure skaters wear; a fitted bodice with a short skirt that flares out from at waist. You can also find this style on skirts.

Slip Dress

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Slip Dress: Often resembling the undergarment, a slip dress fits close to the body, is usually made of smooth fabrics and has lace trim.


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Trapeze: A trapeze dress has a round neckline and a fabric that falls in an A-line shape to a wide flare. This styles is usually short and hits about mid-thigh. You can also find this style in tops.

Want to know more? See more women’s clothing terms in our fashion glossary.