fashion-forward

adjective

fash·​ion-for·​ward ˈfa-shᵊn-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce fashion-forward (audio)
: conforming to, attuned to, or characterized by the latest trends in fashion
fashion-forward clothing
Like a proud parent, Goldstein-Lynch shows off her fashion-forward students' bags—some with matching shoes …Winifred Gallagher
They are the alpha teens—fashion-forward young people who educate clothing company executives about style.Sara Eckel

Examples of fashion-forward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tuxedo Park natives like to tell the story in reverse—that fashion-forward clubgoers inspired the royal—but evidence suggests this innovation originated across the pond. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 Nordstrom Rack is practically bursting with fashion-forward options that are still highly practical, functional, spacious, and comfortable to carry. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 Perhaps as a direct consequence of the pandemic, many brides (and in turn, designers) have pushed back against rigid conventions, opting instead for fashion-forward bridal wear styles that showcase personality over the traditional. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 Leerdam doubles as a model, often posting fashion-forward photos of herself repping various brands. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 Getting dressed up and being pampered for the day was a moment where Webb was able to consciously dwell in a fashion-forward environment again. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 18 Mar. 2024 Although functional, this jacket isn’t super stylish or fashion-forward if that is something your child cares about. Casey Clark, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 The Best Photos from Paris Fashion Week Sunday’s Balenciaga event marked Kardashian’s first Paris Fashion Week appearance this year, but was just the latest in a string of fashion-forward moments from the SKIMS founder. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 The 28-year-old posed alongside his equally fashion-forward castmates Austin Butler, Florence Pugh and Anya Taylor-Joy. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fashion-forward was in 1937

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“Fashion-forward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fashion-forward. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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