Lately I've found myself gravitating towards a lot of clothing marketed as "jacquard." Something about them always draws me. However, until I actually looked up what jacquard meant, I couldn't for the life of me see the real connection between any of those clothes.

As it turns out, jacquard refers to an apparatus that can be fitted to a loom to make it easier to weave brocaded or intricate fabrics. The noun has since been adapted as an adjective, referring to the fabric made by the jacquard. If you want to get really specific, a jacquard makes it possible to raise each warp thread independently of all the others, offering the highest level of warp yarn control. Knowing very little about weaving, I can't tell you what a warp thread is, but maybe it'll turn out to be one of my next posts. You never know!

a jacquard look from Moschino's Fall/Winter 2013 collection

a jacquard look from Moschino's Fall/Winter 2013 collection

In any event, it looks like there isn't much of a connection to all my favorite jacquard items, except that the fabric used to make them required more complicated weaving than a typical loom can offer. Maybe I'll just start thinking of the word as a way to say "made with a little extra love and care."

Shop a selection of jacquard items from my fall wishlist.