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Select a term to view the swimwear definition:
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.