Chic-tionary is a darling little dictionary of fashion and beauty words you never knew existed. It takes its inspiration from the peculiar and amusing language of fashion people like Tyra Banks (smize), Man Repeller (arm party), and André Leon Tally (dreckitude), and contains more than two hundred made-up acronyms, abbreviations, and afflictions that are certain to leave an indelible glitter stain on the English language.
Have you ever tried something on at a department store without bothering to hang it back up (fit it then quit it)? Or been saved by a Sephora when a last-minute invitation strikes and you’re without makeup (serendipretty)? Are you a dark-haired maiden who’s tired of letting blondes believe they have more fun (brunetiquette)?
Other terminally chic terminology includes:
What needs to happen when you feel possessed to wear every piece of jewelry you own, all at once.
The morning-after remorse that occurs after getting bangs that are too short and don’t behave.
When another woman invades your territory by showing up in the same dress as you.
The phenomenon in which calories consumed while standing and making small talk at a fête don’t count.
ideal body weight
Bradley Cooper on top of you.
prisoner of wardrobe
What you become when you turn down an invitation
. . . And more!
About the Author
Stephanie Simons is the author of All's Fair in Love and Wardrobe: A Fashion Editor's Rules on Shopping for Love. An editor and writer of thirteen years for icons such as Daily Candy, she speaks fashion as her native tongue. Simons lives in the SF Bay Area where she specializes in editorial strategy, product naming, and advertising concepts for global retail brands such as Banana Republic, Tria Beauty, and Benefit Cosmetics.
Malia Carter is a fashion illustrator and creator of the site DeepFriedFreckles.com. Her portfolio includes work for Teen Vogue and Kingsrowe Gallery. With her trusted watercolors, she is inspired by pop culture, trending style, and colorful compositions. Carter resides in Columbus, Ohio.