Basic Hem • The edge of the fabric, where it’s been turned in and sewn.
Clean-Finished Hem • The most classic of the bunch, this is what you’re used to: a simple, straight stitch that prevents fabric from fraying. You’ll see this on everything from button-up shirts to chino pants.
Continuous Waistband • This waistband is invisible for a minimal look. Although this once-popular style used to be called the “Hollywood waistband”, it’s becoming less and less common.
Corozo Button • Sustainable, durable, and natural, these buttons are made from a nut that’s harvested when it falls naturally from its tree.
Cuffed/Folded/Rolled Hem • When you turn up the bottom of your pants and roll to your liking. Cuffing, folding and rolling are great for showcasing your boots, shoes, socks or ankles — and look great with tapered pants.
French Fly • A hidden closure, usually at the waist of dressier styles, that helps the front of your pants lie flat. It helps take the pressure off 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.
Placket • 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.
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 the most common kind you’ll come across by far.
Shank Button • 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.
Raw/Frayed Hem • An unfinished edge, this is meant to get distressed over time in keeping with your personal style.
Zipper • A device used for fastening clothing. It usually consists of two toothed tracks and a tab that either interlocks or separates them when pulled. Most men’s pants feature a zip closure.