What’s the difference between culottes and gauchos? Is "maillot" just a fancy word for a one-piece? Mules are everywhere this season—but where did they get their name? I don’t know about you, but these are the kind of things that run through my mind when I’m browsing through the names that designers give their wares.
Luckily, all of these questions have answers—some of which are more fascinating than you might expect! So before you pick out your next trendy summer purchase, click through the slideshow above to get the lowdown on the story behind the style.