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slack trousers especially for casual wear (Usually used in plural tense)

slate  a dark purplish gray.

slate black a nearly neutral slightly purplish black.

slate blue  a grayish blue color.

sleepwear nightclothes

sleevelet a covering for the forearm to protect clothing from wear or dirt.

sleeveless a top that does not have sleeves.

slicker oilskin; broadly, a raincoat

slingback is a category of footwear.  A slingback is a pump with an open back and a strap behind the foot.

slip an undergarment made in dress length with shoulder straps

slip-on an article of clothing that is easily slipped on or off; a glove or shoe without fastenings; a garment, as a girdle, that one step into and pulls up; pullover

slip-over a garment or cover that slips on and off easily, specifically a pullover sweater

slipper a light low-cut shoe that is easily slipped on the foot

slipper satin     strong, compactly woven with quite a bit of body.  It is used chiefly for footwear. Textures are high and the material comes colored, black or white, or richly brocaded effects. - Shiniest satin.

slouch hat a soft usually felt hat with a wide flexible brim

smallclothes close-fitting knee breeches worn in the 18th century; small garments, as underwear or handkerchiefs

smock a light loose garment worn especially for protection of clothing while working

smock frock a loose outer garment worn by workmen especially in Europe

smoke  a pale blue.

smoking jacket a loose-fitting jacket or short robe for wear at home

snap-brim a usually felt hat with brim turned up in back and down in front and with a dented crown.

sneak sneaker

snood [Scottish] a fillet or band for a woman's hair; a net or fabric bag pinned or tied on at the back of a woman's head for holding the hair

snowsuit a one-piece or two-piece lined garment for winter wear by children

sock [Archaic] a low shoe or slipper; a knitted or woven covering for the foot usually extending above the ankle and sometimes the knee; a shoe worn by actors in Greek and Roman comedy

solleret a flexible steel shoe forming part of a medieval suit of armor

sombrero a high-crowned hat of felt or straw with a very wide brim worn especially in the Southwest and Mexico

sorrel  a brownish orange to light brown.

sou'wester a waterproof hat with wide slanting brim longer in back than in front

soybean protein fiber is a new-typed healthy, comfortable and environmental textile fiber, It is the only renovated botanic protein fiber we can touch today.   It is the sole nutritional "Active fiber" alive. You can feel its smoothness as children
skin. Its moisture absorption, ventilation, draping and warmth cover the superiorities of all natural fibers. SPF has the softness and the smoothness of cashmere, but no harm to the nature. The raw material comes from soybean, a plant massive in sourcing and rich in nutrition. SPF fabrics are resolvable in the earth back to the nature.

space suit a suit equipped with life supporting provisions to make life in space possible for its wearer; G suit

spandex clothing made of spandex, namely any of various elastic textile fibers made chiefly of polyurethane.  Any of various elastic textile fibers made chiefly of polyurethane.

spat a cloth or leather gaiter covering the instep and ankle [Short for spatterdash]

spencer a short waist-length jacket

s.p.i  stitches per inch

spike [Plural] shoes with spike heels; [Plural] a pair of shoes with spikes attached to the soles to improve traction

sponge cloth any of various soft porous fabrics especially in a loose honeycomb weave.

sportswear clothing suitable for recreation; broadly, clothing designed for casual or informal wear

sport-weight yarns: these yarns knit to a gauge of 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 stitches per inch on size 4, 5, or 6 US needles. These yarns have approximately 1200-1600 yards per pound. This category of yarns is used for slightly more durable fabrics, like socks, and for multiple-color knitting like fairisle where the fabric created is bulky due to the number of "floats" carried along the wrong side of the fabric.  (this definition was kindly provided by Karen at Red Meadow fiber Arts)

spot color  where specific colors of ink are printed as either solids or halftones.  Note: a halftone is a uniform series of dots that give the appearance of a lighter shade of a solid color.  the number of dots-per-inch is called the line count or frequency.  The amount of coverage is determined by the percentage of dots.

spunlace nonwoven is one kind of nonwoven. Through entanglement by high press water jet, fiber web can be formed into spunlace nonwoven.   Interlining is one of applications of spunlace nonwoven fabric.  Spunlace nonwoven fabric can be used in substrate for synthetic leather, medical and sanitary material for wipes, matress etc.  It's application is very wide.
spun rayon   simulated cotton or wool made with staple fibers in a continous strand to give this effect.  Wears well and is washable.  Made in different weights.  Comes in plain colours and prints. Has soft, fuzzy surface.  Blends well with cotton. Plain weave.

spun yarn  a textile yarn spun from staple-length fiber.

stammel   the bright red color of stammel or a coarse woolen fabric usu dyed red.

stays  an old type of corset.

steel blue a grayish blue.

step-in a garment put on by being stepped into, as a shoe or short panties for women [Usually used in plural]

Trademark: Used for a broad-brimmed high-crowned felt hat

stock a wide band or scarf worn about the neck especially by some clergymen

stockinette  a soft elastic usually cotton fabric used especially for bandages and infants' wear.

stocking a usually knit close-fitting covering for the foot and leg; sock

stocking cap a long knitted cone-shaped cap with a tassel or pom-pom worn especially for winter sports or play

stock lot  Term used to describe multiples of the same item. Example: a Stock lot of apparel would be one garment in various sizes (Same style). When making purchases, ask the selling company for clarification when inquiring. (definition provided by Robert Cyr at RLC Trading)

stogie a stout coarse shoe, brogan.

stole a long loose garment, robe; an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a long usually silk band worn traditionally around the neck by bishops and priests and over the left shoulder by deacons; a long wide scarf or similar covering worn by women usually across the shoulders

stonewash is accomplished by washing denim with pumice stones.  This is part of the finishing process.  Learn more about stonewashing.

store codes (as it relates to closeout merchandise): Store codes are numbers, one or two digits, that represent actual retail stores. Most companies will refer to merchandise as being from Store Code (fill in the blank) to give you an idea of quality and contents of lot or pallet. Store codes are not usually posted on websites so you must request a listing breakdown. There are roughly 12-15 codes you will see all the time ,as they are the most popular. They are standard codes used in the industry, however some companies may have their own coding system. Ask for clarification when you call your company/agent.  (definition provided by Robert Cyr at RLC Trading)

stovepipe silk hat

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