1x1 Rib Knit. This narrow rib has a soft, fine hand and retains its slim fit.
2x1 Rib Knit. Textured rib knit with a comfortable stretch—made to be worn alone or layered.
2-Way Zipper. A zipper with two zipper pulls so the garment can be unzipped from either direction.
4-Needle Stitching. A finish commonly used on a sleeve or bottom hem that uses four needles to create parallel rows of visible stitching, giving the garment a cleaner, more finished look, as well as adding durability.
All-Weather Microfiber. Fabric that is tightly woven from an extremely fine poly thread with a sueded finish for a luxuriously supple feel. When combined with waterproof coating and full seam sealing, microfiber is 100% waterproof. 100% polyester.
ANSI. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an organization that promotes standards for industry and government.
ANSI Class 2. An ANSI designation for garments that are intended for activities where greater visibility is necessary during inclement weather. It also covers workers who perform tasks that divert their attention from approaching traffic or puts them in close proximity to vehicles traveling 25 mph or higher.
ANSI Class 3. An ANSI designation for garments that provide the highest level of visibility and are intended for workers who face more serious hazards than Class 2.
Antimicrobial. A term used for a garment that is able to resist, either naturally or chemically, the effects of microbial secretions put off by the human body, resisting odor and increasing garment life.
Anti-Pill Finish. A treatment applied to garments primarily to resist the formation of little balls on the fabric’s surface due to abrasion during wear. See Pilling.
Baby Pique Knit. A knitting method that creates a fine, small textured surface that appears similar to a very small waffle weave. See Pique Knit.
Back Yoke. A piece of fabric that connects the back of a garment to the shoulders. This allows the garment to lay flat and drape nicely
Bamboo Charcoal. Fast-growing bamboo is dried and heated until it converts to bamboo charcoal, which is then made into a soft moisture-wicking polyester fabric.
Bartack. To reinforce a seam with a bar of stitches, providing a more durable seam end. Commonly used at stress points.
Birdseye Jacquard. A small geometric pattern with a center dot knit into the fabric.
Blanket Stitch. A decorative stitch often used to finish an unhemmed blanket. The stitch can be seen on both sides of the blanket.
Blend. A yarn or a fabric that is made up of more than one type of fiber. Bonded Fleece. Multiple layers of fleece are bonded together to form a higher
Bonding. The technique of permanently joining together two fabrics or layers of fabrics together by a bonding agent into one unit.
Box Pleat. A single, uniform fold in the center back of a garment to allow for more room and comfort.
Breathability. The movement of water or water vapor from one side of the fabric to the other, caused by capillary action, wicking, chemical or electrostatic action.
Breathability Rating. The breathability rating is expressed in a gram measurement of how much vapor a square meter (G/M2) of fabric will allow to pass in a 24-hour period.
Brushed. A finishing process for knit or woven fabrics in which brushes or other abrading devices are used to raise a nap on fabrics or create a novelty surface texture.
Button-Down Collar. Found on many men’s dress wovens, where the collar’s wings can be buttoned to the front of the shirt, minimizing the spread between the wings.
Button-Through Sleeve Placket. A small placket located near the end of the sleeve, by the cuff, which contains a single button closure.
Cashmere. A luxury fiber obtained from the soft fleecy undergrowth of the Kashmir goat. Prized for its warmth and its softness, cashmere is most commonly used in sweaters, shawls, suits, coats and dresses.
Casual Microfiber. Tightly woven fabric from a very fine polyester thread, usually with a sueded finish for a soft feel. Inherently water repellent and wind resistant due to its construction. 100% polyester microfiber.
Chambray. A plain woven fabric that can be made from silk or manufactured fibers, but is most commonly cotton. It incorporates a colored warp and white filling yarns.
Coil (OGIO). A metallic colored coil zipper.
Collar. The upright or turned-over neckband of a coat, jacket or shirt.
Colorfast. A dyed fabric’s ability to resist fading due to washing, exposure to sunlight and other environmental conditions.
Combed. A process by which the short fibers of a yarn are removed and the remaining longer fibers are arranged in parallel order for a high quality yarn with excellent strength, fineness and uniformity.
Cool MeshTM Technology. Similar to a pique knit but with a more open texture for increased breathability. Features a soft hand for better comfort.
Cord Locks. A stopper or toggle on a drawcord that keeps the cord from retracting into the garment.
Corduroy. A cut filling pile cloth with narrow to wide ribs. Usually made of cotton, but can be found in polyester and other synthetic blends.
Cotton. Soft vegetable fiber obtained from the seedpod of the cotton plant.
Coverseamed. A finish in which two needles are used to create parallel rows of visible stitching. It is used around the neck, armholes, waistband and wrists of garments to create a cleaner, more durable finish.
Cross-grain. The direction of woven fabric 45 degrees to its vertical and horizontal threads. In fleece styles, this cut helps maintain length without shrinkage.
Denier. A system of measuring the weight of a continuous filament fiber. The lower the number, the finer the fiber; the higher the number, the heavier the fiber.
Dobby. A decorative weave, usually geometric, that is woven into the fabric. Standard dobby fabrics are usually flat and relatively fine or sheer.
Double Knit. A circular knit fabric knitted via double stitch on a double needle frame to provide a double thickness.
Double-Needle Stitching. A finish commonly used on a sleeve or bottom hem that uses two needles to create parallel rows of visible stitching, giving the garment a cleaner, more finished look, as well as adding durability.
Down. The soft, fluffy under feathers of ducks and geese. Services as an excellent thermal insulator and padding for bedding, sleeping bags and outerwear.
Dri-FIT (NIKE GOLF). Fabric that helps keep the wearer comfortable and dry by moving perspiration from the skin, through the layers of fabric, to the outside layer for rapid evaporation across the outer surface area.
Dri-FIT UV (NIKE GOLF). Dri-FIT fabric that also features 30 UPF. See also Dri- FIT.
Dri-Mesh® Polyester. The double layer mesh construction releases heat and sweat, while maintaining breathability. 100% polyester double mesh.
Drop Needle. A knit fabric characterized by vertical lines within the cloth. Manufactured by dropping a needle from the knitting cylinder.
Drop Tail. A longer back than front for the purpose of keeping the shirt tucked in. Also referred to as Extended Tail.
Dry ZoneTM Technology. A double-layer polyester fabrication that wicks moisture away from the body.
Duck Cloth. Tightly woven, plain-weave, bottom-weight fabric with a hard, durable finish that provides wind and snag resistance.
Durahyde. A durable synthetic polyurethane leather-like material.
Dyed-To-Match. A term which characterizes buttons or trims that are the same color as the garment onto which they are sewn.
End-on-End. A weave pattern in which the warp yarn (the yard running
lengthwise) alternates between colors.
Enzyme Washed. A laundering process in which a catalytic substance is added to create a chemical change in the fabric resulting in a very soft finish, smoother appearing surface and reduced shrinkage.
Ergonomic. Design elements incorporated into a garment to improve the design by enhancing the wearer’s comfort, performance or health.
Etched Tone Buttons. A more upscale horn tone button with an etched pattern. Extended Tail. A longer back than front for the purpose of keeping the shirt
tucked in. Also referred to as Drop Tail.
Eyelets. Small holes or perforations made in a series to allow for breathability. Finished with either stitching or brass grommets.
EZCottonTM Pique. Made from the highest grade of long-staple cotton, this fabric has an innovative finish that provides a consistently softer hand, enhanced smoothness, color fastness, wrinkle resistance and shape retention. 100% cotton.
Flat Collar/Cuffs. A single ply fabric with a finished edge that is used for collars and cuffs on sport shirts and short sleeve garments. Also known as welt.
Full Cut. Refers to a garment's fit as being generous and roomy.
Garment Dyed. A dyeing process that occurs after the garment is assembled.
Garment Washed. A wash process where softeners are added to finished garments to help the cotton fibers relax. The result is a fabric with a thicker appearance, reduced shrinkage and a softer hand.
Grosgrain. A firm, closely woven fabric with narrow horizontal stripes. Commonly used for ribbons, neckties and trimmings.
Hand. Quality or characteristic of fabrics perceived by sense of touch—softness, firmness or drapability.
Herringbone. A chevron or zig-zag pattern knit into fabric. Commonly used in golf shirts and twill shirts.
High Profile. A term used for a cap or hat silhouette that is less fitted to the head with a high slope. Usually structured with buckram or other stiff fabric lining.
Honeycomb Pique Knit. A pique fabric with a waffle or cellular appearance. Horn Tone Buttons. Buttons that appear to be manufactured from horn. Houndstooth. A medium-sized broken check effect that is knit into the fabric.