Take your fashion knowledge a notch up by knowing the correct names of specific textile patterns, so that the next time when someone compliments your outfit, you can quickly quip “Checked? Oh, you mean this tweed Gingham blazer in olive? Why, thank you!”

Houndstooth (houn – stooth)


Emulating the teeth of a hound, Houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern which is often seen in black and white, although there other coloured variations. This pattern is a classic which exudes an old school Hollywood glamour.

Chevron (share-vron)



It is not called inverted V-stripes, but Chevron. This insignia is commonly known for the military to indicate rank. But fashion, as we all know, turned this pattern into a statement which has been all the rage ever since.


Paisley (pay-is-li)



Originated in Persia long before you were born, Paisley is described as a vegetable motif in a droplet form. The print a major comeback in the 1960s by artistic influencers like The Beatles and Rolling Stones, welcoming an expression of rebellion and non-conformity with the flashy and spirited designs.

Damask (day-mask)



Like Houndstooth, Damask is actually referred as a classic weave structure, but it has become a synonym for a fashion print. Damask usually appears to be woven in botanical patterns that is more polished and refined, giving off a rather “expensive” look.

Ikat (ee-cut)



Being cousin to the iconic Tie-Dye, Ikat is a resist dyeing technique to create a signature streaky look. With tribal influences to the print, Ikat is commonly characterised in triangle shapes in vibrant and bold colours for spring.

Gingham (ging-ham)



Channel your inner Dorothy as she hit the yellow brick road to Oz with the Gingham check. Conjuring a retro vibe from the 60s, the Gringham still remains current where there are many style interpretations from this print as seen in modern day runways for Spring.