Ready-to-wear mean the same thing. The French translation
for Prêt-à-Porter into English is Ready-to-wear. Basically Ready-to-wear, is garments that are
truly "ready to wear". In other words, you view them in a
store, purchase them,
and you are then ready to wear them. They are off the rack, high quality, garments that are NOT made to
Gaby Aghion the fashion designer behind the brand Chloé was the first
to coin the term prêt-à-porter.
Note: Even though garments are
"Ready-to-wear", they still often need tailoring before you actually wear
Below you will find further
Prêt-à-Porter as described by Regina for Apparel Search.
Merriam-Webster, the fashion term
It is a French term that describes clothing
that is marketed in a finished condition and offered in standard
sizes. The term describes a lower and more
popular price point of garments, which are offered by most design
chicstories.com, the fashion industry offers two collections—“haute
couture" and “ready-to-wear." The term "haute couture"
describes exclusive and often trend-setting fashions, but, most
fashion houses also create "ready-to-wear" or
because these garments, which are informal and practical, and
therefore, more marketable, can be worn every day. Ready-to-wear
garments are also more affordable. Since fashion houses create and
ready-to-wear, this grouping offers higher volumes and a quicker
turnover, so it drives higher revenues. Ready-to-wear collections
are the collections that are presented at
Related terms for ready-to-wear include
off-the-peg, off-the-rack, and off-the shelf. Written for Apparel Search
by Regina Cooper Nov. 2009
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