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Jeans Glossary

  1. A

    1. Aged

      A kind of wet processing that gives the jeans an artificial worn look and softer feel through prolonged abrasion.

    2. Anti-fit

      Slightly oversized pants that look too big or long for wearer.

    3. Anti-Twist

      A step in the finishing process that corrects denims natural tendency to twist.

    4. Antique

      A denim finish achieved through sanding and washing to give jeans an aged look. It is also the name of a type of ring of denim with very uneven yarn - Antique.

    5. Authentic

      A jeans wear term used to describe original jean qualities such as traditional fabric weaves and styling details.

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    B

    1. Back Belt Loop

      A classic pair of jeans usually has five belt loops. Two in front above the pockets, two more at each side and one at the back.

    2. Baggy Pants

      Super wide-cut trousers with a low slung waist and ultra low crotch. Inspired by skaters and rappers.

    3. Bar Tracks

      Can be found on nearly every denim garment. Bar Tracks are closely spaced stitches that connect to form a band or bar that re-in forces the corners and edges of pockets and seams.

    4. Basics

      Easy pieces made in denim such as the five pocket jean and the western style jacket.

    5. Bell Bottoms

      A wider, more exaggerated flare named and made popular in the 1960's, often used with low rise jeans and ultra low rise jeans.

    6. Bermudas

      Short pants that end just above the knee.

    7. Boot Cut

      The most popular and flattering jeans style cut wide enough in the leg to accommodate a pair of cowboy boots underneath.

    8. Boot Leg

      The most popular and flattering jeans style cut wide enough in the leg to accommodate a pair of cowboy boots underneath.

    9. Boy Cut

      Loose style, boyfriend borrowed jeans worn low slung. A shapeless fit which can help hide bigger thighs & legs.

    10. Booty Fit

      Fitted at the waist & contoured for the ultra feminine physique.

    11. Boyfriend fit

      Loose style, boyfriend borrowed jeans worn low slung. A shapeless fit which can help hide bigger thighs & legs.

    12. Brazilian Jeans

      An ultra low rise jean that sits above the pubic bone and is cut to lift the bottom higher. Usually skin tight with stretch.

    13. Button Fly

      The original jeans closure that fastens at the front with buttons.

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    C

    1. Capri Pants

      A leg cut that usually ends just below the knee or at mid-calf. The term "crops" is sometimes used interchangeably with Capris, but should actually refer to pant legs that fall about three fourths of the way down the calf.

    2. Carpenter Jeans

      These are jeans with many pockets and loops which can be used to carry objects such as tools and are often loose around the leg to be able to accommodate the affixed items.

    3. Carrot Fit

      This style is shaped like a carrot. The waist is wide and baggy and the legs are tapered. \giving the illusion of height. Think- MC Hammer.

    4. Cigarette Jeans

      Straight leg trousers with a slim fit and lean look.

    5. Cinch Back

      A buckle at the back of the jean that pulls in at the waist.

    6. Classic Fit

      Five pocket boot cut jean which suits all body types and never dates.

    7. Coin Pocket

      The fifth pocket sits inside the right front pocket and justifies the term the five pocket jean.

    8. Comfort Fit

      A relaxed fit jean.

    9. Contrast Stitching

      Decorative stitching.

    10. Crease

      A light coloured streak down the leg of the jean created by laser or brushes as a decorative effect. Makes the leg look longer.

    11. Crinkle

      The effect is made by wrinkling jeans after dipping them in starch which gives a wrinkled look.

    12. Cropped

      Jeans can be cropped any length from the midcalf to the knee. Ankle Length-Cut just above the ankle is used for a summery look sometimes by the user of the jeans for a personal touch.

    13. Cut Offs

      Jeans with legs cut off.

    14. Cuffed

      A Fold at the end of the legs.

    15. Customised Jeans

      Specially manufactured or processed jeans.

  4. D

    1. Destroyed

      A type of process that shreds jeans with knives and scissors.

  5. E

    1. Easy Fit

      Also known as the comfort fit. A loose and casual look.

    2. Eco Denim

      Environmentally friendly dyeing and recycliling process in the production of denim. Organic pesticides used in the cotton fields.

    3. Ecru

      Undyed denim. The natural shade of the cotton yarn before dying.

    4. Elastane

      Elastic fibre used in stretch jeans.

    5. Embellishments

      Decorative denims with embroideries, stitching, patchwork, rhinestones, fringes, appliqué's, paintings and prints to give an individual feel to the jean.

    6. Enzyme wash

      An environmentally friendly alternative to stonewashing which makes the denim softer.

  6. F

    1. Fit and Flare

      Narrow fit with a wider leg, the flare is cut from the knee to the lower leg.

    2. Five Pocket

      The basic Jean with two pockets in front, two in the back and a coin pocket inside the right front pocket.

    3. Flare Fit

      Narrow fit with a wider leg, the flare is cut from the knee to the lower leg. A good style to balance out bigger hips.

    4. French Cut

      Tight Sexy jeans with stretch giving them a second skin appearance.

    5. Frosted Denim

      A very pale blue wash, worn a lot in the 70's and currently in fashion again.

  7. G

    1. Garment Dyed

      The garment starts off in an ecru colour and then is dyed in a variety of shades depending on the fashion, giving a special characteristic look.

    2. Gaucho

      Denim gaucho pants may be a passing fancy, but they sure are fun and can look great paired with the right boots.

  8. H

    1. Hyperwashed

      Denim that has repeatedly been washed for a faded worn look.

    2. Hip-huggers

      A style of pants worn by both men and women, generally made of denim and fitted tightly around the hips and thighs, while flaring out towards the lower leg.

    3. Hipsters

      Jeans with a low rise that sit on the hips.

    4. Hot Pants

      The briefest of shorts for women, usually made from old jeans and cut down.

  9. I

    1. Indigo

      A deep blue dye traditionally used in denim production.

  10. J

    1. Jodhpur Fit

      An Equestrian pants look that gives extra width at thighs and is tapered from the knee downwards.

  11. K

  12. L

    1. Loose Fit

      Slightly oversized pants that look too big or long for wearer.

    2. Low Riders

      A low rise is a description of distance between the crotch and waistband of the jean. Hence the jean will sit low under the navel.

    3. Low Rise

      A low rise is a description of distance between the crotch and waistband of the jean. Hence the jean will sit low under the navel.

  13. M

  14. N

  15. O

    1. Overtwisted Denim

      Fabric with with a crinkled surface from over twisted yarn.

  16. P

    1. Pre-Shrunk

      To gurantee less than 2% further shrinkage when washed at home.

    2. Palazzo Pants

      A wider leg style that is fuller at the waist. Think pyjama bottoms.

    3. Paperbag Waist

      A loose pleated waistline. When cinched in with a belt gives the appearance of a paper bag.

    4. Pedal Pusher

      Ankle length women's jeans.

    5. Petite Fit

      Made for women under 5"3 tall. The fit is graded down on a smaller specification.

    6. Phat pants or Patties

      A cut of jeans worn by ravers that are fitted at the waist but get wider down the legs all the way to the ground where they enclose the feet due to their width.

    7. Plus Size

      Sizes for the larger lady/man. Starting at size 14 to 34 for Ladies and up to 48" for men.

  17. Q

  18. R

    1. Recycled

      Either second hand or new jeans that have been refinished or re-worked before being sold.

    2. Reverse Denim

      Denim turned inside-out and all studs and zips on the reverse side.

    3. Regular Fit

      Five pocket jeans that are not too tight or loosely cut.

  19. S

    1. Saddle Stitch

      A cobblers heavy stitch to give jeans an authentic look.

    2. Sarong Fit

      Arabian pants with a low crotch that hangs to the knee.

    3. Selvage

      The edge of the denim fabric usually stiched with colour thread. Different brands use different colour thread. Levis – red, Lee – green and Wrangler – yellow.

    4. Shoe cut

      A slimmer version of the boot cut.

    5. Shrink to Fit

      Jeans that need to be washed before wearing to fit well.

    6. Skinny Fit

      Slim, tight fitting jeans that can come in a variety of different widths approx 12" to 14" on the leg opening.

    7. Snow Wash Denim

      Or known as Acid wash. A white snow effect on the denim.

    8. Stonewashing

      A technique used to fade and soften the jeans through washing the garments with pumice stones.

    9. Stove Pipe

      As the name implies, an over-sized straight leg cut.

    10. Straight Leg

      This leg shape goes straight down to the leg and flatters the bottom. A good alternative to the skinny leg for an older wearer.

    11. Stovepipe fit

      Skinny fit with tapered legs looks spray-on and is reminiscent of punks and 80s rock 'n' roll.

    12. Super Flare

      A flare with a leg opening of 26" wide.

  20. T

    1. Tapered Leg

      Jeans narrow towards the ankle.

    2. Tight Jeans

      A close fit throughout the leg.

    3. Tracksuit Fit

      Similar to the tracksuit pants, loose jeans with or without elasticated ankles.

    4. Tube Fit

      Another name for stovepipe fit.

    5. Turn-up

      Jeans with rolled, turned or folded over exterior cuffs.

  21. U

    1. Un-Washed

      Jeans that have not been washed. For denim purists who wish to break in there own jeans.

    2. Ultra Slim Fit

      Second skin jeans.

  22. V

    1. Vintage

      Old or second-hand previously worn or not can be sold for a good price.

  23. W

    1. Whiskers

      The crease marks created in the washing process, also known as Buffies.

    2. Wide Leg

      A leg opening as wide as the thigh gives a classic sophisticate look, hiding hips and thighs. Gives the appearance of a slimmer silhouette.

    3. Workwear Fit

      A wide loose cut with worker details such as cargo pockets and tool holder loops.

  24. X

  25. Y

  26. Z

    1. Zip Fly

      Alternative to the button fly. First used in jeans by Lee in 1926.

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