Definition: ready-to-wear clothing
French for “ready-to-wear.”
Why this word?
With the rising popularity of fashion e-commerce, it’s helpful to know what “net-a-porter.com” had in mind when it chose its name. And besides, what are you going to do if you walk into a boutique, and the salesgirl asks whether you’re looking for prêt-à-porter or haute couture?
How to use prêt-à-porter in a sentence?
Prêt-à-porter is both a noun and adjective referring to the category of clothing that is ready-to-wear. It is used exactly like “ready-to-wear” is used, to mean ready-made clothing in standard sizes. “RTW” is the common abbreviation of “ready-to-wear,” and therefore also means the same thing as prêt-à-porter. Finally, prêt-à-porter can be spelled without the circumflex or grave accent marks.
“Most of the clothes hanging in my closet are prêt-à-porter, but I occasionally splurge on made-to-order ball gowns.”
“He slowly unbuttoned the storefront mannequin’s blouse, removing last season’s prêt-à-porter look from the dummy’s smooth torso.”
“Although I’ve been making made-to-order bridal veils for the past fifteen years, I’m thinking about crossing over to the wonderful world of mainstream prêt-à-porter clothing.”
“I accidentally spilled wine on the jacket I borrowed from my sister, but was able to replace it because it was prêt-à-porter.”