Men's Swimwear Facets
How a pair of shorts is cut and will thus fit on the wearer.
Shorts that fit straight from hip to thigh. Mid-rise with a large leg opening.
Shorts with a tight fit and tapered leg opening.
Shorts with a straight fit down the leg but cut around mid-thigh to allow for less restricted movement while wearing.
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.
Shorts that are tight-fitting from the waist to the knee.
Shorts that get thinner/tighter as the leg progresses from the waist down.
The method in which the waist is tightened or cinched.
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.
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).
Waistline features an elastic band that contracts or expands to adjust to wearer's waist size while remaining tight.
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.
UPF level is 15
UPF level is 20
UPF level is 25
UPF level is 30
UPF level is 35
UPF level is 40
UPF level is 45
UPF level is 50
UPF level is above 50
The length of the seam in a pair of shorts from the crotch to the bottom of the shorts.
Inseam measures 4 inches.
Inseam measures 5 inches.
Inseam measures 6 inches.
Inseam measures 7 inches.
Inseam measures 8 inches.
Inseam measures 9 inches.
The length from the top edge of the waistband to the bottom edge of the hem (measured in inches)
Outseam measures 14 inches
Outseam measures 15 inches
Outseam measures 16 inches
Outseam measures 17 inches
Outseam measures 18 inches
Outseam measures 19 inches
Outseam measures 20 inches
Outseam measures 21 inches
Outseam measures 22 inches
Swimwear features an inner lining, usually made of wide mesh or netting, which fits more snugly and provides added support and protection for groin.
Swimwear is made from recycled fabric, meaning it has been reused from some other purpose before being used to make the garment.
Swimwear features a hood attached at the neckline, usually attached to a swim shirt or rash guard.
Swimsuit fabric resists breaking down due to exposure chlorine.
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.
Clothes labeled as "Big" refer to those accomodating with larger-than-average body proportions.
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 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.
Seams of fabric are flattened to reduce irritation and catching.
Armholes are fitted higher up the body for added coverage.
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.
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.
Magnets replace traditional buttons where clothing is fastened (wasit, collar, etc.)
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.
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.
Garment does not feature any tags on the inside.
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 appearing on the garment's fabric.
Pattern mimics an animal's fur (i.e. leopard, zebra, crocodile)
Pattern includes one or many different types of flowers in a repeated form.
Pattern includes one or many different geometric shapes (rectangles, squares, triangles, etc.)
Pattern includes very bright, fluorescent colors, mimicking those of neon, fluorescent lighting or signs commonly seen in storefront windows.
Distinctive intricate pattern of curved, feather-shaped figures based on a pine-cone design from India
Checkered pattern composed of multiple colors, usually contrasting lights and darks.
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.
No distinct pattern, simply a solid color.
Pattern is striped, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
Garment is dyed by twisting and tying it, then dying only certain parts with certain colors. Often produces swirling or undulating color patterns.
Pattern composed of flora commonly found in the tropics. Often includes patterns of very colorful flowers.
Units of measurement to accomodate people of different heights and weights.
Size is XXL
Size is XXXL
Size is XXXXL
Size is XL
Size is L
Size is M
Size is S
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.
Garment is flexible and stretchy when strained, rather than remaining stiff.
Garment is resistant to common stains.
Garment features added stretchability in fabric, allowing for more comfortable movement.
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.
Garment is resistant to wrinkling.
Dominant color of garment.
Color is aqua, a light bluish-green color. Also known as aquamarine.
Color is beige, a pale sandy yellowish-brown color.
Color is black.
Color is blue
Color is brown
Color is copper, a reddish-brown color like that of the metal copper.
Color is cream, a very pale yellow or off-white color.
Color is dark gray, a color darker than standard gray and lighter than black.
Color is gold, a deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color like that of the metal gold.
Color is goldenrod, a bright yellow resembling the flowers of the plant of the same name.
Color is gray.
Color is green.
Color is magenta, a light purplish red.
Color is mocha, a dark brown color.
Color isn't limited to a single value. Many colors present on the item.
Color is orange.
Color is pale yellow, a lighter form of standard yellow.
Color is pink.
Color is print, meaning that the item has a colored design or pattern on it, such as a floral pattern.
Color is purple.
Color is rainbow, featuring red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple
Color is red.
Color is silver, a shiny gray-white color like that of the metal silver.
Color is turquoise, a greenish-blue color.
Color is white.
Color is yellow.
The matter from a which is a garment is made.
Material is cotton, a soft white fiber used for textiles.
Material is lycra, an elastic fiber or fabric used especially for close-fitting sports clothing.
Material is neoprene, a synthetic polyment resembling rubber, resistant to oil, heat, and weathering, and commonly used in competitive swimwear.
Material is nylon, a tough, lightweight, elastic synthetic material often used as fabric or yarn for clothing.
Material is polyester, a synthetic resin used for synthetic textile fibers.
Material is rayon, a textile fabric made from regenerated cellulose.
Material is spandex, a type of stretchy fabric common in tight-fitting swimwear.
Material is tricot, a fine knitted fabric made of natural or man-made fiber.
Material is terrycloth, a fabric with raised uncut loops of thread covering both surfaces, used especially for towels.
How a shirt is cut to fit against the body.
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.
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.
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.
Cut to more baggy proportions, rather than tighter fits. May have longer sleeves.
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.
Cut tight to the body, intended for skinny physiques with narrow waist, chest, and arms.
Cut straight or with a slight taper in the waist area, they fit according to a skinny-slim physique.
Cut to taper from chest to waist.
Cut of shirt sleeves to style how far sleeves will fall on arm.
Sleeves cut 3/4 of the way down arm, ending between elbow and wrist.
Sleeves cut halfway down arm, ending at the elbow.
Sleeves extending all the way down arm, ending at the wrist.
Sleeves cut short, ending between the shoulder and the elbow.
Sleeves cut off entirely. Shirt doesn't extend below the shoulder.
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).
Swimwear features a padded pouch that covers the groin to provide additional size and shape for men's genital area.