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Back Seam
The vertical seam at the center of the back of a shoe or boot.
Backpack
A cloth or leather bag held to the back with double shoulder straps. Originally designed for a functional purpose, the backpack has now become a fashion item as well.
Ball
The padded area of the foot between the big toe and the arch of the foot.
Ballerina Flat
A ballet-style flat meant for everyday wear.
Ballerina Flat
Balmoral Shoe
A shoe construction featuring a laced "V"-shaped panel across the foot.
Balmoral Shoe
Band Collar
A narrow band that stands up around the neckline.  This collar may have an opening or a button closure.
Bateau
Otherwise known as boat-neck, it's used to describe a wide slit neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone.
Bateau Neckline
is a straight, wide-cut neckline from shoulder to shoulder.  Also called a "boat neck."
Batwing Sleeve
is a sleeve with a large armhole and extends from the bodice to a narrow cuff.  Also called a "dolman sleeve."
Bell Sleeve
is a sleeve that flares out at the bottom and resembles a bell shape.
Bellows Tongue
A shoe tongue that is attached at both the top and the sides of the shoe.
Bermuda Shorts
Close-fitting shorts for men, women, or kids that land at or slightly above the knee.
Bermuda Shorts
Besom Pocket
A left-chest welt pocket on a suit jacket or a blazer commonly used for a pocket square.
Bezel
Generally, the upper part of the watch body. Specifically, it refers to the ring around the outside of the crystal of the watch face.
It may be covered in diamonds or crystals in fashion watches or calebrated markings on sportier watches.
 
Bike Shorts
Tight-fitting shorts for sport use (cycling) that have a chamois (padding) built into the crotch for comfort.
Bike Shorts
Bishop Sleeve
is a set-in sleeve with gradual width added throughout the length.   The fullness at the end of the sleeve is set into a cuff.
Blucher
A shoe construction featuring two side flaps of material that are joined across the foot with lacing.
Blucher
Boat Neck
is a straight, wide-cut neckline from shoulder to shoulder.  Also called a "bateau neckline."
Bolero
A short jacket that is open in front and ends above the waist.
Boot
A style of footwear extending to the height of the anklebone and above.  May extend as high as the thigh.
Boot
Bow Collar
is a collar that features a bow.
Box Handbag
A box-shaped handbag, typically of a hard material such as plastic or wood.  Features a handle at the top and latching hardware.
Box Leather
A type of leather that is dyed on the top layer of the leather only and coated with polyurethane to create a finish that is resilient to spills from liquids.
BPA
BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin for items such as water bottles, baby bottles, food containers, and many more household items commonly used. Recent studies have found that exposure to BPA is linked to a number of diseases and health problems as BPA interferes with the body’s hormonal system.
Brannock Device®
A device used to measure the length and width of the foot in order to ensure proper shoe fit.
Break
The natural crease created across the vamp of the shoe from everyday wear.
Brogue
A heavy oxford-style shoe featuring pinked and perforated detailing.
Brogue
Bubble Hem
A skirt that bubbles out and tapers in closely at the hem, resembling a bubble.
Bucket Handbag
A large, bucket-shaped bag of cloth or leather.  Typically features a single shoulder strap.
Buckle
A clasp at the end of a length of fabric or leather that joins one end of the material to the other.
Buffed Leather
A type of leather where the top surface has been removed using abrasion. This type of leather is often refered to as suede or nubuck.
Bunions
A painful swelling at the base of the big toe, frequently leading to permanent enlargement of the toe joint.
Burnished Leather
The process of buffing the surface to acheive an antiquing effect on the leather.
Button-Down Collar
A collar with points that are fastened to the shirt by buttons.
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