Adjustable strap – Elastic straps have a metal piece that slides along the strap to increase or decrease the length.
Back rise –The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the back of the garment.
Bandeau – A strapless style offering bare shoulders for no tan lines.
Blousan – Garment is bloused and finishes snug at the waist.
Caftan – A garment that is loose but still has a definite shape and silhouette, does not bind or have compnents that feel tight on the body.
Casual fit – A garment that is loose but still has a definite shape and silhouette, does not bind or have components that feel tight on the body.
Control – A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.
Dolman sleeve – A loose sleeve cut in one piece with the body of the garment (no armhole seams).
Drape – Fabric loosely fits across the body, not snug or form fitting.
Empire waist – Garment that has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust giving a high waisted appearance.
Fitted – A garment that fits close to the body and accentuates your every curve and asset.
Front rise – The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the front of the garment.
Hanky hem – Hemline with the appearance of a hankerchief, also referred to as a gypsy hem.
High hip – Similar to the term mid-rise in bottoms, it is the location of a tankini hemline, halfway between the waist and the low hip.
High low hem – Garment hemline is shorter in the front than in the back.
High waist – A bottom that has the top waistband within an inch of the natural waistline.
Hold-U-In – A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.
Jumpsuit – A one-piece garment that is a top or blouse attached to a long pair of pants.
Kimono – A T shaped straight lined robe with wide sleeves. Wraps around the body and usually secured by a sash.
Length from high point of shoulder – The length of a garment from the top of the shoulder to the hemline.
Loose fit – Often a one size fits most garment. Is designed to fit generously and loosely on the body with no snug areas,
usually hides the shape of your body.
Low hip – Similar to the term low-rise in bottoms, it is the location of a tankini hemline, at or below the hip bones.
Low-rise – A bottom with the top edge of the suit at or below the hip bone.
Mid-rise – A bottom with the top edge of the suit above the hip bone and below the natural waist.
Mitered stripe – A stripe that is joined at an angle, usually to create a slimming, angular affect.
Ombre – The gradual blending of one color hue to another usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.
Perled hem – hemline created with very small stitches that cover the raw edge of the fabric. Often creates a rippled, ruffle look.
Raglan sleeve – A sleeve design that angles from the neckline to the bottom of the armhole instead of a circle at the edge of the shoulder.
Romper – A one-piece garment that is a top or blouse attached to a pair of shorts.
Ruched (gathered, shirred) – Fabric is gathered and secured to maintain the gathered appearance.
Semi-fitted – A garment that is shaped to follow the curves of your body but is not binding or tight.
Sharkbite hem – Garment hemline resembles a shark bite with an inverted scoop and pointed ends.
Smocked – Sewing technique using elastic to gather fabric to make it both form fitting and flexible.
Spaghetti straps – Thin fabric strings on a swimsuit.
Tunic – A loose fitting garment, usually thigh length.
Underbust measurement – The measurement directly under the breasts, going around the entire body.
Waistband – Band of fabric found at the waist.
Waistline – The natural waist on the body, usually located at the bellybutton or navel.