Men’s Style Terminology

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Edge Topstitch:
A quarter-inch topstitch.

Embedded Collar Stay:
In addition to the removable collar stay, this is an added small piece sewn into the point seam to give more stability to the collar point. This prevents the collar points from curling under after multiple washings. All Eton shirts come with an embedded collar stay.

Embossed:
Raised or relief patterns on the surface of fabrics, produced by using pressure in conjunction with engraved rollers and heat.

Enamel:
An opaque, glass-like composite fused to metal, glass, or pottery. Can be both protective and decorative.

End-on-End:
A shirting fabric where a colored yarn is woven in one direction and white yarn is woven in the other to produce a textured effect.

English Spread Collar:
A collar with a wider spread than the Windsor Spread Collar, and with longer points.

English Tab Collar:
A collar with a snap or button that brings the collar points closer together, holding the tie perfectly in place and creating an always-neat appearance.

Epaulet (Epaulette):
French for “little shoulder,” epaulettes are bands of fabric, often attached with a button, that adorn the shoulders of a jacket or coat. They were originally used as insignia or rank by the military and other organizations.

Essentials Collection:
A collection of business wardrobe classics every well-dressed man should have in his closet.

European Straight Collar:
An edge-stitched straight collar with a slightly more modern look.

Eyelet Collar
Reminiscent of the Gatsby years, the eyelet collar allows for the use of a collar pin to hold the points in place.

Fabric Care:
Detailed fabric care instructions that help keep your clothing looking as good as new.

Fedora:
A classic hat style traditionally made of soft felt, but sometimes made of straw or twill. The hat is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. For added interest, some fedoras have small feathers inserted in the band around the crown. Borsalino is the epitome of a classic Fedora.

Fiber:
The basic element from which yarns are made.

Field Jacket:
Originally used in the military, a field jacket is characterized by large lower bellowed pockets and two breast pockets.

Flannel:
A soft woven fabric, usually a twill weave that is slightly napped, or brushed on both sides for additional warmth and comfort. Ken’s uses a “mill finish” to give the look and feel of flannel without the weight, because of the nature of Dallas temperatures.

Flat Front:
Trousers without pleats, giving a sleek, clean look.

Fly Front:
See “covered placket.”

Four-in-hand Knot:
The four-in-hand knot is a method of tying a necktie, also known as a simple knot or schoolboy knot due to its simplicity and style.

French Facing:
See “scalloped facing.”

French Fly:
The French fly helps to ensure that the pant front lies flat for a neater, cleaner appearance.

Fully-Fashioned:
Compared to a cut-and-sewn knit where the separate pieces are sewn together, fully-fashioned is a method of knitting a garment in which the complete unit is shaped and knit on the machine as it is formed. A fully-fashioned knit is characterized by fashion marks around the armhole (shoulder) and neckline. The portions of a garment are shaped by increasing or decreasing the number of loops in the width of the fabric. This results in an overall better fit, and is an indication of higher quality.