Apparel Search Glossary S
sable black; dark brown color of the fur of the sable; a grayish yellowish brown.
sabot a European wooden shoe; a shoe having a sabot strap, namely a strap across the instep in a sandal type shoe
sack a woman's loose-fitting dress; a short usually loose-fitting coat for women and children
sackcloth a garment of sackcloth, namely a coarse cloth of camel's hair or cotton, worn as a sign of mourning or penitence. A coarse cloth of goat or camel's hair or of flax, hemp, or cotton.
sack coat a man's jacket with a straight back.
sacking a material for sacks: esp. a coarse fabric (as burlap or gunny).
sacque an infant's usually short jacket that fastens at the neck
saddle shoe an oxford-style shoe having a saddle of contrasting color or leather [Also called, saddle oxford]
safari jacket a usually belted shirt jacket with pleated expansible pockets
sailcloth cotton, linen, nylon. Plain weave, some made with a crosswise rib. A strong canvas or duck. The weights vary, but most often the count is around 148 x 60. Able to withstand the elements (rain, wind and snow). Sailcloth for clothing is sold frequently and is much lighter weight than used for sails.
sailor a stiff straw hat with a low flat crown and straight circular brim
sailor collar a broad collar having a square flap across the back and tapering to a V in the front
sallet without a visor and with a projection over the neck
salmon the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink.
salmon pink a strong yellowish pink.
salwar wide loose pants with a reinforced cuff and a drawstring usually worn with a long tunic.
salvage Salvaged merchandise refers to products that can no longer be sold "as new". There is a large percentage of merchandise that is damaged while in transit to retail stores. For instance, a pallet of toys may have packaging damage. The retailer cannot sell the toys as new because the individual boxes show wear or tear. This merchandise gets set to the side and labeled "Salvage". Salvage can also refer to merchandise that has been returned to the store for any number of reasons. Salvage can also include 2nd quality merchandise produced at the factory level. (definition provided by Robert Cyr at RLC Trading.)
sam browne a leather belt for a dress uniform supported by a light strap passing over the right shoulder
samite a rich medieval silk fabric interwoven with gold and silver.
sample sale a sample sale is a special event providing clothing companies a method to sell off the samples from their showrooms. This provides the public with designer clothes (and non designer brand clothing) directly from the designer and clothing companies at wholesale or below wholesale prices. These fabulous clearance events quite often take place in the designer's own showroom. The prices at these sample sales are typically far better than what you would find in an outlet store.
sanbenito a sackcloth, namely, a coarse cloth of camel's hair
or cotton, coat worn by penitents on being reconciled to the church; a Spanish
Inquisition garment resembling a scapular and being either yellow with red
crosses for the penitent or black with painted devils and flames for the
impenitent condemned to an auto-da-f
sand a variable color averaging a yellowish gray.
sandal a shoe consisting of a sole strapped to the foot; a low-cut shoe that fastens by an ankle strap; a rubber overshoe cut very low
sand shoe [Chiefly Australian and New Zealand] tennis shoe
sanguine blood red; ruddy.
sap green a strong yellow green.
sapphire a deep purplish blue color.
sarcenet a soft thin silk in plain or twill weaves. A garment made of sarcenet fabric, namely a soft thin silk in plain or twill weaves
sari / saree lightweight cloth draped so that one end forms a skirt or pajama and the other a head or shoulder covering. A piece of fabric about 6 yards in width and 44" in length which worn wrapped strategically around the body over a skirt petticoat and a choli. Worn by Indian and south Asian women.
sark [Dialectical & Chiefly British] shirt
sarong a loose garment made of a long strip of cloth wrapped around the body and worn as a skirt or dress by men and women chiefly of the Malay archipelago and the Pacific islands. SARONG - also called a PAREO, a wraparound, pareau (Tahiti), pakome(Thailand), lava-lava (Samoa), kain (Indonesia), sulu (Fiji), canga (Brazil), malo (Tonga), lunghi, etc. - is a piece of fabric, approximately 45 X 75 inches = 120 X 190 cms. It is the traditional clothing for both women and men in Indonesia and is also worn every day on islands all over the South Pacific and in many countries of South-east Asia - especially Malaysia and Thailand. Sarongs are generally produced by the BATIK process.
sash a band worn about the waist or over one shoulder and used as an accessory or emblem of a military order
satchel a small bag often with a shoulder strap
sateen cotton, some also made in rayon. Sateen, 5-harness, filling-face weave. Lustrous and smooth with the sheen in a filling direction. Carded or combed yarns are used. Better qualities are mercerized to give a higher sheen. Some are only calendared to produce the sheen but this disappears with washing and is not considered genuine sateen. May be bleached, dyed, or printed. Difficult to make good bound buttonholes on it as it has a tendency to slip at the seams.
satin silk, rayon, synthetics. Originated in China (Zaytoun, China - now Canton - a port from which satins were exported during the Middle Ages). Became known in Europe during the XIIth, and XIIIth Centuries in Italy. Became known in England by the XIVth Century. It became a favorite of all court life because of its exquisite qualities and feel. Usually has a lustrous surface and a dull back. The lustre is produced by running it between hot cylinders. Made in many colors, weights, varieties, qualities, and degrees of stiffness. A low grade silk or a cotton filling is often used in cheaper cloths.
satin weave the satin weave is made by "floating" the warp or weft yarns across several yarns to bring them to the surface. Bringing the yarns to the surface gives the fabric sheen because light is reflected off the yarn surface, not absorbed by the intersections of yarns such as in a plain weave.
satinet a thin silk satin or imitation satin.
saxony a fine soft woolen fabric.
scanties abbreviated panties for women.
scapular a long wide band of cloth worn front and back over the shoulders as part of a monastic habit
scarf a military or official sash usually indicative of rank; [Archaic] tippet; a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head; a military or official sash usually indicative of rank
scarlet any of various bright reds. Scarlet cloth.
scuff a flat-soled slipper without quarter or heel strap [Compare mule]
scrim a durable plain-woven usually cotton fabric for use in clothing, curtains, building, and industry.
seaboot a very high waterproof boot used especially by sailors and fishermen
sea green a moderate green or bluish green; a moderate yellow green.
sea island cotton
a cotton with especially
long silky fiber. The very finest and most expensive cotton, in very
limited supply, with a fiber length greater than 1 1/2".
seal ring a finger ring engraved with a seal; signet ring
sealskin a garment, as a jacket, coat, or cape, of sealskin
seasonalization the merging of seasonal colors. Current practice dictates that particular color ranges are appropriate based on the season in which the garment is worn. Seasonalization contends that "all" colors should be available to consumers on a year round basis, regardless of the calendar season. The term was developed by the Apparel Search Company on October 2, 2000.
s.e.b single end break
seersucker cotton, rayon, synthetics. Term derived from the Persian "shirushaker", a kind of cloth, literally "milk and sugar". Crepe-stripe effect. Colored stripes are often used. Dull surface. Comes in medium to heavy weights. The woven crinkle is produced by alternating slack and tight yarns in the warp. This is permanent. Some may be produced by pressing or chemicals, which is not likely to be permanent - called plisse. Durable, gives good service and wear. May be laundered without ironing. Can be bleached, yarn dyed, or printed. Some comes in a check effect.