Published on 08.05.2020
Buttons & Zippers
What makes your clothes stay closed.
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A hidden closure, usually at the waist of dressier styles, that helps the front of your pants lie flat. It helps take the pressure of the zipper while making you look slimmer and sharper.
Hook & Bar
An alternative to a button closure, once the hook slots into the bar, you’ve got yourself a clean, minimal way to close your pants. It’s a common feature on men’s dress pants.
An opening in a top, finished with buttons or a zipper. Most dress shirts have a full-length placket, while more casual shirts for men (i.e. henleys) feature a partial placket.
Shank buttons are the kinds of buttons that don’t have holes in them, but instead feature a loop underneath. The loop creates extra room so that when you button up, the cloth underneath has all the space it needs. This type of button is often found above the zipper of your khakis.
A device used for fastening clothing, usually consisting of two toothed tracks and a tab that either interlocks or separates them when pulled. Most men's pants feature a zip closure.
Store and secure your essentials.
A cousin of the cargo pocket, the bellows pocket features the same pleat and button-flap, but is made with a room at the bottom for even more storage space. It’s usually attached to the outside of a garment.
An oversized pocket, typically made with a button-flap for security and a pleat for extra room. The cargo pocket adds functionality while keeping it casual.
The small pocket on the right side of pants that you can only slip about two fingers — or a few coins — into.
Hidden Security Pocket
For added security, Dockers® made this extra set-in pocket, with a concealed zipper and a coin compartment to keep your valuables secure on the move.
Not unlike a welt pocket, when people reference on-seam pockets, they’re usually talking about welt-like pockets that appear at the waist.
A diagonal “slash” cut into the front side of your pant. For khaki pants, these are the most common kind of front pocket.
A classic pocket shape for men’s dress shirts — and some tees — it’s pointed at the bottom, straight up top, and is actually a patch sewn to the outside of the garment.
A set-on square pocket with a button. Some have a flap, some don’t.
A welt pocket is created by making a slit on the outside of a garment and adding a pocket pouch on the inside. “Welt” refers to the strip of fabric that secures the edge and provides a clean-finished look. There are “single
The go-to design for jeans that often transfers to other pant types. This includes 2 set-on back pockets in the back, 2 set-in front pockets, and a front coin pocket.
Functional designs that keep pants in place.
This waistband is invisible for a minimal look. While this once-popular style used to be called the “Hollywood waistband,” it’s becoming less and less common.
Set On Waistband
If you can see the waistband on a pair of men’s pants, chances are it’s a set-on waistband. It’s by far the most common kind you’ll come across.
Shirt Collars & Necklines
The details count when they’re on top.
A small “band” or “tab” of fabric that stands straight up. Sometimes referred to as a “stand collar” or a “mandarin collar,” they tend to look minimal and dignified, and add sharp detail to men’s jackets and shirts
A classic nautical style, this neckline runs as straight as possible and parallel to the collarbone.
These collars feature little buttons to secure the points at the bottom to the shirt and keep them in place. A classic and common feature on button up shirts.
A round, classic, collarless neckline that fits snugly at the base of the neck.
This little fabric loop, usually found right under the inner label of a garment, exists so that you can hang it on a hook without stretching anything that’s tailored to fit you.
These are the long folded flaps that you’ll see on the front of most blazers and some jackets. Think of lapels as a continuation of a coat collar that expresses your personal style.
A high collar that goes all the way around the neck and is not folded down. Perfect for those who don’t want to commit to a full turtleneck.
Named for the small, triangular “notch” that appears to be taken out of them, notch lapels are the most classic lapel out there.
Named for the peak it creates, the peak lapel juts out from the collar and often appears a little higher on a blazer. In the world of suits, peak lapels are considered a little more over-the-top than their notched cousins.
Smaller, closer together, and pointing straight down, point collars are the shirt collar standard.
A rolled collar and lapel that falls in one piece and curves from the back of the neck down to the front closure, the shawl collar is associated with fancier dress and debonair guys.
These two segments of the collar are spread wide apart and point away from each other. They’re great for layering under knitwear, like crewneck sweaters.
A high, close-fitting collar, often rolled or turned down, that often appears on pullover sweaters. It’s perfect for cold weather.
A V-shaped neckline in the front of a shirt. Great for showing off chest hair, but don’t take it too deep.