Men's Swimwear Facets

Facet Group

Facet Value

Description

Shorts Fit

How a pair of shorts is cut and will thus fit on the wearer.

Regular Fit

Shorts that fit straight from hip to thigh. Mid-rise with a large leg opening.

Slim Fit

Shorts with a tight fit and tapered leg opening.

Athletic Fit

Shorts with a straight fit down the leg but cut around mid-thigh to allow for less restricted movement while wearing.

Relaxed Fit

Shorts that provide extra room around the waist and thighs.

Big & Tall Fit

Shorts designed for people who are taller than average and have larger than average body proportions.

Skinny Fit

Shorts that are tight-fitting from the waist to the knee.

Tapered Fit

Shorts that get thinner/tighter as the leg progresses from the waist down.

Waist Type

The method in which the waist is tightened or cinched.

Drawstring

Waistline features a string, cord, or tape inserted into hems or casings or laces through eyelets. Wearer pulls drawstring to tighten shorts desired amount then ties it to keep in place.

Fitted

Waistline is fitted to a certain length (i.e. 32 inches) so as to be fitted to an individual wearer without much adjustability in the waistline (like a pair of jeans).

Elastic

Waistline features an elastic band that contracts or expands to adjust to wearer's waist size while remaining tight.

UPF Level

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how much radiation a fabric allows to reach your skin. For example, a UPF 50 fabric blocks 98 percent of the sun's rays and allows two percent (1/50th) to penetrate, thus reducing sun UV exposure significantly.

15

UPF level is 15

20

UPF level is 20

25

UPF level is 25

30

UPF level is 30

35

UPF level is 35

40

UPF level is 40

45

UPF level is 45

50

UPF level is 50

50+

UPF level is above 50

Inseam

The length of the seam in a pair of shorts from the crotch to the bottom of the shorts.

4

Inseam measures 4 inches.

5

Inseam measures 5 inches.

6

Inseam measures 6 inches.

7

Inseam measures 7 inches.

8

Inseam measures 8 inches.

9

Inseam measures 9 inches.

Outseam

The length from the top edge of the waistband to the bottom edge of the hem (measured in inches)

14

Outseam measures 14 inches

15

Outseam measures 15 inches

16

Outseam measures 16 inches

17

Outseam measures 17 inches

18

Outseam measures 18 inches

19

Outseam measures 19 inches

20

Outseam measures 20 inches

21

Outseam measures 21 inches

22

Outseam measures 22 inches

Lined?

Lined

Swimwear features an inner lining, usually made of wide mesh or netting, which fits more snugly and provides added support and protection for groin.

Recycled Fabric?

Recycled Fabric

Swimwear is made from recycled fabric, meaning it has been reused from some other purpose before being used to make the garment.

Hooded?

Hooded

Swimwear features a hood attached at the neckline, usually attached to a swim shirt or rash guard.

Chlorine-Resistant?

Chlorine-Resistant

Swimsuit fabric resists breaking down due to exposure chlorine.

Technical Fabric?

Technical Fabric

Technical fabric is a descriptot for scientifically advanced materials used for swimwear in competitive water sports such as swimming and triathalon. The fabrics include features that increase the swimmer's glide through water and reduce the absorption of water by the suit as opposed to regular swimsuits.

Big & Tall?

Big & Tall

Clothes labeled as "Big & Tall" are designed for people who are taller than average and have larger than average body proportions.

Big?

Big

Clothes labeled as "Big" refer to those accomodating with larger-than-average body proportions.

Tall?

Tall

Shirts specifically designed to be worn untucked. Dress shirts that are meant to be tucked in have extra V-shaped fabric below the waist, whereas "untuck" shirts are cut straight across.

Adaptive Features

Adaptive clothing uses different features (such as Velcro closures and magnetic buttons) to make dressing easier, while still having the outward appearance of typical clothing.

EASY OPEN NECKLINE

Easy open necklines feature magnetic and hook-and-loop fasteners, hidden at the shoulders, and make getting tops on and off less complicated.

EXTENDED ZIPPER PULL

Extended string attached to zipper to allow wearers with limited dexterity to zip and unzip more easily.

FLATTENED SEAMS

Seams of fabric are flattened to reduce irritation and catching.

HIGH ARMHOLES

Armholes are fitted higher up the body for added coverage.

HIGHER NECKLINES

Neckline is fitted higher up the body, closer to where the neck meets the shoulders, for added coverage.

HOOK & LOOP CLOSURE

Hook and loop fasteners (also known as velcro) consist of two fabric straps, which are attached to opposing surfaces to be fastened. The first component features tiny hooks, the second features smaller loops. Fastened by pressing together, unfastened by pulling apart.

INCREASED COVERAGE

Neckline and armholes are cut closer together and higher up the body to provide additional coverage for those who prefer to have less skin showing outside garment.

MAGNETIC BUTTONS

Magnets replace traditional buttons where clothing is fastened (wasit, collar, etc.)

ONE-HANDED ZIPPER

Zipper designed to be able to use with one hand. Magnetic at the base so initial attachment of two sides can be done with ease.

SEATED WEAR

Clothing adapted for comfort and flexibility when seated. Shorter front rise to reduce fabric bunching and higher back rise for comfort and coverage when seated.

SEATED WEAR BACK OPENING

Clothing (tops) adapted for comfort and flexibility when seated. Hook and loop fasteners run down the center back of tops so the top is easier to get on and off.

TAGLESS

Garment does not feature any tags on the inside.

WIDER LEG

Bottoms feature a wide leg, designed for ease of dressing.

ZIP OFF SLEEVE

Top features sleeves with zippers around the connecting seam between the shoulder and sleeve. Sleeves can be removed completely by unzipping.

Pattern

Pattern appearing on the garment's fabric.

ANIMAL PRINT

Pattern mimics an animal's fur (i.e. leopard, zebra, crocodile)

FLORAL

Pattern includes one or many different types of flowers in a repeated form.

GEOMETRICS

Pattern includes one or many different geometric shapes (rectangles, squares, triangles, etc.)

NEON

Pattern includes very bright, fluorescent colors, mimicking those of neon, fluorescent lighting or signs commonly seen in storefront windows.

PAISLEY

Distinctive intricate pattern of curved, feather-shaped figures based on a pine-cone design from India

PLAID

Checkered pattern composed of multiple colors, usually contrasting lights and darks.

PRINT

Pattern is a transfer of an image or design onto the garment. May include a print of a photograph, graphic, or design repeated many times on the garment.

SOLID

No distinct pattern, simply a solid color.

STRIPE

Pattern is striped, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

TIE DYE

Garment is dyed by twisting and tying it, then dying only certain parts with certain colors. Often produces swirling or undulating color patterns.

TROPICAL

Pattern composed of flora commonly found in the tropics. Often includes patterns of very colorful flowers.

Men's Size

Units of measurement to accomodate people of different heights and weights.

2-EXTRA LARGE

Size is XXL

3-EXTRA LARGE

Size is XXXL

4-EXTRA LARGE

Size is XXXXL

EXTRA LARGE

Size is XL

LARGE

Size is L

MEDIUM

Size is M

SMALL

Size is S

Performance Features

Specific features of garment indicating advanced performance in areas such as stretching and wicking.

ALL OVER STRETCH

Garment features stretchability in every part of it, in any direction.

FLEX STRETCH

Garment is flexible and stretchy when strained, rather than remaining stiff.

STAIN PROTECTION

Garment is resistant to common stains.

STRETCH

Garment features added stretchability in fabric, allowing for more comfortable movement.

STRETCH COLLAR

Garment features a collar that stretches when strained, rather than remaining stiff.

WICKING & COOLING

Garment draws moisture away from the body. Wisking fabrics are made of high-tech polyester, which absorbs very little water.

WRINKLE FREE

Garment is resistant to wrinkling.

Color

Dominant color of garment.

AQUA

Color is aqua, a light bluish-green color. Also known as aquamarine.

BEIGE

Color is beige, a pale sandy yellowish-brown color.

BLACK

Color is black.

BLUE

Color is blue

BROWN

Color is brown

COPPER

Color is copper, a reddish-brown color like that of the metal copper.

CREAM

Color is cream, a very pale yellow or off-white color.

DARK GRAY

Color is dark gray, a color darker than standard gray and lighter than black.

GOLD

Color is gold, a deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color like that of the metal gold.

GOLDENROD

Color is goldenrod, a bright yellow resembling the flowers of the plant of the same name.

GRAY

Color is gray.

GREEN

Color is green.

MAGENTA

Color is magenta, a light purplish red.

MOCHA

Color is mocha, a dark brown color.

MULTI-COLOR

Color isn't limited to a single value. Many colors present on the item.

ORANGE

Color is orange.

PALE YELLOW

Color is pale yellow, a lighter form of standard yellow.

PINK

Color is pink.

PRINT

Color is print, meaning that the item has a colored design or pattern on it, such as a floral pattern.

PURPLE

Color is purple.

RAINBOW

Color is rainbow, featuring red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple

RED

Color is red.

SILVER

Color is silver, a shiny gray-white color like that of the metal silver.

TURQUOISE

Color is turquoise, a greenish-blue color.

WHITE

Color is white.

YELLOW

Color is yellow.

Material

The matter from a which is a garment is made.

Cotton

Material is cotton, a soft white fiber used for textiles.

Lycra

Material is lycra, an elastic fiber or fabric used especially for close-fitting sports clothing.

Neoprene

Material is neoprene, a synthetic polyment resembling rubber, resistant to oil, heat, and weathering, and commonly used in competitive swimwear.

Nylon

Material is nylon, a tough, lightweight, elastic synthetic material often used as fabric or yarn for clothing.

Polyester

Material is polyester, a synthetic resin used for synthetic textile fibers.

Rayon

Material is rayon, a textile fabric made from regenerated cellulose.

Spandex

Material is spandex, a type of stretchy fabric common in tight-fitting swimwear.

Tricot

Material is tricot, a fine knitted fabric made of natural or man-made fiber.

Terrycloth

Material is terrycloth, a fabric with raised uncut loops of thread covering both surfaces, used especially for towels.

Shirt Fit

How a shirt is cut to fit against the body.

ATHLETIC FIT

Tapered slim waist but cut to accomodate extra width in the shoulders and chest.

BIG & TALL FIT

Cut to accomodate people who are taller than average and have larger-than-average body proportions.

CLASSIC FIT

Traditional fit without any tapering from chest to waist. Often looser on the body and contains extra length down the waist. Also referred to as regular fit.

REGULAR FIT

Traditional fit without any tapering from chest to waist. Often looser on the body and contains extra length down the waist. Also referred to as classic fit.

RELAXED FIT

Cut to more baggy proportions, rather than tighter fits. May have longer sleeves.

RUGBY FIT

Rugby shirts are knit pullover sports shirts typically having a white collar and a short line of buttons that close at the neck. Typically a tighter fit.

SKINNY FIT

Cut tight to the body, intended for skinny physiques with narrow waist, chest, and arms.

SLIM FIT

Cut straight or with a slight taper in the waist area, they fit according to a skinny-slim physique.

TAPERED FIT

Cut to taper from chest to waist.

Sleeve Style

Cut of shirt sleeves to style how far sleeves will fall on arm.

3/4 SLEEVE

Sleeves cut 3/4 of the way down arm, ending between elbow and wrist.

ELBOW/HALF-SLEEVE

Sleeves cut halfway down arm, ending at the elbow.

LONG SLEEVE

Sleeves extending all the way down arm, ending at the wrist.

SHORT SLEEVE

Sleeves cut short, ending between the shoulder and the elbow.

SLEEVELESS

Sleeves cut off entirely. Shirt doesn't extend below the shoulder.

Sun Protective?

Sun protective apparel is designed to protect wearers from exposure to the sun's UV rays. Sun protective apparel is often measured by its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).

Sun Protective

Pouch?

Swimwear features a padded pouch that covers the groin to provide additional size and shape for men's genital area.

Pouch