It has been fascinating when reading through the postings to see the various terms applied to different garments. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a website or book (preferred) that provides a definition/illustration of the assorted terms used for men's garments? A couple that stand out are jumper/sweater and waistecoat/vest.
Another curiousity that has been of note as of late is that the t-neck/high collar sweater pattens available have the t-neck knitted to a length that doesn't roll down. Is this a traditional style of the neckline? or is it specific to hand knits? or is it an up and coming trend?
Thank you.


I don't know about a book, but in England a jumper and a sweater are the same thing. A vest is a sleeveless sweater with a v-neck. A waistcoat is a v-neck cardigan (without sleeves). A cardigan is a sweater which opens down the front with buttons and has either a v-neck or is buttoned up to the neck.

T-necks in England are an up and coming trend.

Now do you believe we speak a different language?

Serge664's picture

I use the terms cardi and jumper to annoy my texan friends, but down here it all either a sweater or a sweater vest.

The t-necks with younger styling & zip I would call a soccer sweater for the pullover or soccer jacket if it zips all the way down - like a sweater version of those cool umbro & kappa windbreakers that were so popular.

I dont know if that is accurate, but if i am incorrect i can just blame it on living in indiana for 15 years.

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Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

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Here in Middle Earth, we use the terms jumper and jersey interchangably (rarely sweater), a slipover is a sleeveless V-neck, a cardi is a cardigan and a hoodie is a hooded garment like a jacket. I have yet to hear the term waistcoat in daily parlance but I do read the word in pattern books; it would be a vest with buttons.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly