En vogue, in vogue

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In English, it’s perfectly acceptable to refer to something fashionable as in vogue (meaning in the current fashion or style), yet to evoke a sense of French chic, many writers make the whole phrase French—en vogue. This is unnecessary but common, especially in writing on fashion. Vogue did indeed come from French, but that was several hundred years ago, and it is now a well-established English word.


For the iconic designer, packing for yourself is en vogue. [USA Today]

Extra layers of clothing were in vogue most of the morning. [USA Today]

Those of us who know London well know that fashion was always en vogue on the likes of Oxford and Marlyebone High streets. [Boston Globe]

The ornaments hit the market in the late 1950s, when the color pink was in vogue. [Boston Globe]

This number seems destined to keep rising, since the accessory has become the en-vogue revolutionary symbol for the younger generation. [Guardian]

Despite the style’s longevity, the term tomboy hasn’t been much in vogue recently. [Guardian]