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F is for Flan­nel

The term flan­nel most com­monly refers to a woolen cloth that is brushed dur­ing the later stages of the weav­ing process to cre­ate a “nap” (a raised pile giv­ing a won­der­ful soft­ness to the touch).

The “flan­nel shirt”, as pop­u­larised by lum­ber­jackts and Nir­vana, mis­tak­enly refers to shirts made of tar­tan and plaid fab­rics, rather than flan­nel cloths.

G is for Ging­ham

Even if you don’t know the name, you know the de­sign. Ging­ham is a yard-dyed, bal­anced check avail­able in an al­most in­fi­nite ar­ray of sizes and colours.

It was made fash­ion­able in the 60’s by Mods and re­mains one of the most pop­u­lar fab­ric de­signs for shirts to this day.

J is for Jig­ger

If you’ve ever worn a dou­ble-breasted jacket or a Pea­coat then you’ll have used a jig­ger, even if you never knew what it was called. The jig­ger is the but­ton on the in­side that is fas­tened be­fore do­ing up the but­tons on the front of the jacket.


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