ENGLISH SLANG – 15 trendy fashion words

Hi, everyone. In this lesson we’re going to
look at trendy fashion words. These are words that I’m hearing used a lot
now around our times, so let’s have a look through the words and learn them one-by-one
so we can sound really cool and fashionable. Let’s start with: “en pointe”. If something is en pointe, it
means perfect, it looks so good. What you’re wearing today, that
dress, your dress is en pointe. It’s so fashionable, it’s
so, so hot right now. Very similar meaning to
something being “on-trend”. If we think about the word
“trendy”, it means fashionable. But to say something is trendy isn’t fashionable enough
anymore, we have to change it and say: “on-trend”. We could also change it
and say: “bang-on-trend”. If it’s bang-on-trend, it’s even more
now, happening right this minute. Next, if we’re talking
about makeup… When I was younger we used to talk about wearing
lipstick or wearing red lipstick, or a pink lipstick, but now instead of saying the word
“lipstick”, it’s described as: “I’m wearing a red lip today.” And the same thing, instead of saying: “eye
shadow”, “Oh, I bought this eye shadow. It’s blue. Look at it on my eyes”, you don’t
say that because it doesn’t… Doesn’t sound… Doesn’t sound fashionable enough,
it doesn’t sound like you know about makeup. So, what people who know about makeup say is
they say: “Oh, today I’m wearing a smokey eye.” I’m not wearing a smokey eye, I haven’t got
anything on, but a smokey eye is when the eye shadow looks grey or dark, and it’s most
often worn at night when you’re going out. You get your eye shadow
these days in “palettes”. And instead of wearing just one eye shadow,
like, wearing a pink eye shadow, the eye shadow palette comes with about… Well, as many as you want I suppose, but from
4 to 12 eye shadows, and what they do is they put on the different eye
shadows from the palette. So, they will talk about creating the smokey
eye from palette number three, or whatever. Next is a makeup term that’s
been around for a few years. This makeup term came from when the Kardashians
got famous because the kind of makeup Kim Kardashian would use was a kind of makeup
that shades her face to give it a certain… To make it look like there’s more shadow on the
face and a more dramatic kind of foundation, which is done with
different brushes. It’s a kind of makeup technique
called “contouring”. Apparently it comes… Apparently it’s a makeup technique that’s
been around for ages, but before, drag queens used to use it, men who… Men who were still men, but dressed up as women mostly
for performance and being in shows and things like that. So it originally
comes from there. And I did experiment
with contouring. I once watched a few too many YouTube videos,
and it all went terribly wrong, so moving on from contouring. Next we have “drugstore makeup”. In England we don’t have drugstores, we have
pharmacies where you go and buy your medicine, and you can buy toiletries,
but we don’t have drugstores. We have chains of drugstores, for example,
Boots or Superdrug, and you can go in there and buy makeup, but we never
call those places drugstores. Yet, when people talk about makeup now,
the younger generation, they will… They will talk about buying drugstore makeup,
which means the kind of makeup that only… Only costs you a few pounds to buy, it’s not the
really, really expensive makeup, and you can… You can buy it easily, close…
Close… Close where you live. So, drugstore makeup is the kind of makeup you
can do that doesn’t cost you so much money as the really expensive brands. So that’s an American term, but it’s
being used a lot here now in England. The next… The next two
terms are about hair. These are newer fashionable techniques for dying
your hair, and the two words come from French. In the English pronunciation
we’d say: “balayage”. If your hair is balayaged, or the adjective,
if your hair is balayaged, then it means in the salon it cost… It took you many hours and it cost you a lot
of money for the hairdresser or the colourist to paint on highlights on to your hair very
gently, very slowly, and it comes out in the end looking like a natural sun-kissed kind of
hair, like you’ve just come back from holiday and you’ve been in the
sun for a few weeks. So that’s a trendy thing
that people are doing now. And the next hair
term is: “ombr�”. When your hair has been dyed in the style
of ombr�, it means that your hair fades from one colour to another. So, it could be that you’re blonde on the top
and your hair fades to brown at the bottom, or it could be the
other way around. So, it’s light to dark or dark to light
for that kind of hair technique. Now we have a “lookbook”. A lookbook is something that
a YouTuber or a fashion… A fashion blogger would put together to show
their audience of all the different outfits they’re wearing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, or they’d put the lookbook together to show all the outfits
that they like to wear for spring. It could be any theme,
but instead of how… Instead of how when you would
buy a magazine, and… A fashion magazine and look through it, and
there would be a theme of the outfits that comes from that magazine, and everything that
the editors decided and did all themselves in a big team. A lookbook is something that a person with an
interest in fashion who has their own YouTube channel or blog puts
together themselves. So you can… You can watch their lookbook and get
inspiration about what to wear from it. Next, when somebody says:
“This is my go to lip… This is my go to lip balm”, or: “This is my
go to mascara”, that means that it’s their favourite one, the one they like to use the
most or the one that they use most often. So, it’s a fashion… Fashion vlogger kind of word, a beauty vlogger
kind of word, and instead of saying: “This is my favourite mascara”, they’ll
say: “This my go to mascara”. Next we’ve got: “haul”. A haul is when you go to a particular shop
and you buy loads, and loads, and loads of stuff there. It could be that you go to
a particular drugstore. Boots in the UK or Superdrug in the UK, and
you buy lots and lots of makeup from the same place, that’s then a haul. Or it could be you go
to a particular shop. You went to TOPSHOP, which is a fashion chain
here in the UK, and you bought so much stuff, it was a haul. Next we’ve got “dressed down”. When you’re dressed down for
something you didn’t… You didn’t wear your best outfit, your most
expensive outfit, your most formal outfit. When you’re dressed down it could be that
you just went wearing jeans and a t-shirt and trainers. It doesn’t mean that you… That you didn’t make any effort,
it just means that you’re… Today you’re just wearing
something relaxed. You’re not trying too hard. So, for whatever you’re
doing, perhaps… Perhaps you go to work, but
on Fridays you dress down. You don’t wear such
formal clothes. Now, a more… A more common meaning for “dress down” is:
“to give someone a dressing down”, and it’s important to know because it has
a totally different meaning. When you give someone a dressing down, it’s
like you’re telling them off for something. It could be your boss dressing you down at
work, telling you you didn’t do something exactly right. But in terms of fashion and beauty, “dress
down” is about what you’re wearing and how much effort you’re
putting into it. And the last word here
is: “date night”. This also comes from the US. “Date night” is when you go out with
your boyfriend or your boyfriend… I don’t think men use the term. “Date night” is when you go out with your
boyfriend and you go and do something together as a couple, you go out to eat, go to the
cinema, whatever it is you do together. And when… When you go on a date night you wear special
clothes or you try and look more sexy or more attractive than normal, so you could
talk about your date night outfit. What you’re wearing on date night is the opposite
kind of clothes to what you wear when you’re dressed down. When you’re dressed down, you haven’t got
anybody to impress, it’s not important, but on date night you
want to look good. And the last idea I want to talk about here
is quite funny, it’s this idea that behind all the glamourous Instagrammers that always
put pictures up of their really cool outfits and their en pointe shoes, behind every one of
those glamourous, fashionable women, there’s a boyfriend who has to take their
picture, wherever they go. If they go to a lovely, sunny beach, the boyfriend
is there for hours taking hundreds of pictures until he gets the
one that looks… Looks en pointe and
looks perfect. So, behind all these fashionable, glamourous women,
always remember the “boyfriends of Instagram”. Thanks for watching, and now you
can do the quiz on this lesson. Join me again soon.


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