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Accessories and decorations on clothes

accessorise

a British spelling of accessorize

beading

noun

a decoration of beads on clothes, shoes, bags etc

binding

noun

cloth or ribbon that is fixed to the edge of soft material to decorate it or to keep the edges from coming apart

bobble

noun

a small ball made from pieces of wool, used for decorating hats and other pieces of clothing.

braid

noun

a narrow rope made by twisting fibres around each other, used for decorating clothes, curtains, or furniture

cord

noun

gold string that is used as decoration on uniforms or furniture

corsage

noun

a decoration made of flowers that a woman wears on a dress or suit

fan

noun

a flat object that you move backwards and forwards in front of your face in order to make yourself feel less hot

flounce

noun

a wide piece of cloth that is formed into folds and fastened for decoration to the edge of something such as a piece of clothing or a curtain

frill

noun

a decoration that consists of a long narrow piece of cloth with many small folds in it

marabou

noun

the feathers of a marabou, used for decorating hats

monogram

noun

a design using the first letter of each of someone’s names, usually sewn onto clothing or decorating an object

piping

noun

a thin tube of cloth used for decorating the edges of clothing, covers for chairs etc

pompom

noun

a ball made of wool, used as a decoration on clothing

ribbon

noun

a long narrow piece of coloured cloth or paper, usually used as a decoration or to tie something

rosette

noun

a circular decoration made of folded brightly coloured material worn by supporters of a political party or sports team, or by someone who has won a prize

ruffle

noun

a fold that decorates a piece of clothing

scallop

noun

one of a row of curves used as decoration along the edge of something

sequin

noun

a small shiny flat piece of plastic or metal that you can sew onto clothes to decorate them

spangle

noun

a small shiny piece of metal or plastic used for decorating clothes

tassel

noun

a group of strings tied together at one end and fastened to clothing or objects as a decoration

trimmings

noun

small objects or pieces of cloth used for decorating clothes and other things

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