Garment Trimmings & Accessories

Garment Trimmings & Accessories

All the materials except the main fabric used for apparel manufacturing are included in trimmings and accessories.

What Are the Purposes of Using Trimmings and Accessories?

These are used for mainly two purposes –

  1. Functional Purpose – Zipper, Button, etc
  2. Decorative Purpose – Motif, Lace, etc

What Are Garment Trimmings?

The components that are sewn with the main fabric of a garment, especially for a functional purpose, are called trimmings.

The number of trimmings in the garment industry is uncountable. This is not necessary that all trimmings are visible from the outside body of a garment. There are some which remain in the inner portion of a garment as well; for example, Interlining.

Some trimmings that are used in the garment industry are given below:

1. Sewing Thread; 2. Button; 3. Lace Braid & Elastic; 4. Label & Motif; 5. Zipper; 6. Interlining; 7. Lining; 8. Hook & Loop Fastening; 9. Wadding; 10. Shoulder Pad

What Are the Requirements of Trimmings?

Some requirements should be fulfilled before using trimmings in a garment. If those requirements are not met, garments quality may be deteriorated. Before making a garment, the main fabric & trimmings to be used in garments should be selected with special care so that the quality of garments is not hampered during the making of garments or the use of the garment.

Lifetime of Garment Trimmings

The desired lifetime of a garment and lifetime of the trimmings used in that garment should be contemporary; otherwise, the garment may be rejected before its desired lifetime.

Shrinkage of the Garment Trimmings

Trimmings should not be shrunk during washing or ironing. For that reason, the shrinkage test should be done before using in a garment.

Color Fastness of the Garment Trimmings

Colorfastness is very important otherwise the color of trimmings may fade or bleed by any out force such as light, washing, rubbing, perspiration, etc

Comfortability of the Garment Trimmings

Trimmings should be as comfortable as the main fabric. These should not arise any discomfort or skin irritation.

Actual Pictures of Some Garment Trimmings

Trimming for Specification of the Garment

Care Label

Trimmings for Stitching

Sewing Thread

Fastening Trimmings



Zipper Fastening Trimmings


Velcro as Trimming

Hook and Loop Fasteners

 Types of Trimmings

Trimming can be divided into two categories –

  1. Visible Trimmings – It is found from the outside of the garment.
  2. Invisible trimmings – It is present in the inside, so not evident.

What Are Garment Accessories?

The materials that are not attached to garments by sewing are termed as accessories. Accessories are the ultimate materials that are not attached to the garments. These are used for decorative purposes. Not for functional use.

Some accessories are used in the garment industry are given below:

1. Neck board; 2. Hang Tag; 3. Price Tag; 4. Collar Stand; 5. Carton; 6. Poly Bag; 7. Plastic Clip; 8. Tape; 9. Barcode; 10. Tag pin; 11. Hanger; 12. Butterfly; 13. Safety Sticker

Actual Pictures of Some Garment Accessories

Furnishing Laces as Accessories


Accessories of Garments

Hang Tag

Neck Stand Accessory of a Garment

Collar Stand


What Are the Differences Between Trimmings and Accessories?

Now, after going through the details about trimming and accessories you might already have grasped their differences. Anyway, I have listed them below briefly for your convenience –



1.  Trimmings are attached with garments by sewing stitches

1. Accessories are not attached with garments by sewing

2. These are used for functional purposes

2. These are used mainly for decorative purposes. Generally, used in garment finishing and packaging.

3. Trimmings are the ultimate materials that are attached to the garments while using by the end-users

3. Accessories are not attached to the garments while using by the end-users.

4. Example: sewing thread, interfacing

4. Example: polybag, carton, clip

Key Points of Some Trimmings & Accessories

Label (Trimmings)

  • It contains some essential information regarding garments such as the size of the garments, the types of fiber used, caring instruction, country of origin, etc
  • It is used for functional purpose
  • Generally, it is made of woven fabric or paper
  • It is attached to the garment by sewing
  • It remains in the inner portion of a garment

Motif (Trimmings)

  • It is used to increase the beauty of a garment
  • It is used the outer portion of a garment
  • Generally contains the company logo, trademark, or various types of symbol
  • These are made by embroidery or by printing
  • For making some motifs, thermoplastic threads are used, and those are attached in garments by ultrasonic welding
  • It is an optional part of a garment

Zipper (Trimmings)

  • It is used for opening and closing of some specific parts of a garment
  • Since it is a functional component but nowadays it is being used for decorative purpose as well
  • Zipper consists of different parts such as zipper tape, teeth, chain, slider, top stop, runner, etc
  • It enables to close a garment completely which is not possible by button
  • The zipper can be made by plastic, metal, nylon, etc
  • Zipper Type: Regular zipper, Invisible zipper, Separated Zipper, Continuous Zipper

Lining (Trimmings)

  • It remains inside of some of the garment but separates to the main fabrics
  • It is used to increase the shape, hang and comfort of garments
  • It works as an insulator
  • It helps to increase the beauty of the inner side of the garment by covering any complicated design

Buttons (Trimmings)

  • It is a disc or knob shaped substance
  • These can be produced by plastic, nylon, polyester, wood, coconut, ivory, shell
  • Buttons may be of various types such as two holes, four holes or without holes
  • Various types of buttons are attached with garments by sewing

Interlining (Trimmings)

Hook and Loop Fastener or Velcro (Trimmings)

  • It is a special type of interlining which can be used instead of chain or button
  • The special feature of it is that its use for kids, old or disabled person is very easy and comfortable
  • Generally use in suitcase, shoes, purse, moneybag

Shoulder Pads (Trimmings)

  • It is used to maintain size and shape and also provide the requisite amount of bulk of a garment
  • Shoulder pads are made from various material, but foam made shoulder pads are comparatively popular
  • It is widely used in coat, blouse, etc.

Hang Tag (Accessories)

  • It is a finishing item
  • It contains some important information like material details, manufacturers’ information, often the price of a garment
  • It is usually made by Hard paper, cardboard paper
  • It is hanged with garment by plastic staple or string

Price Tag (Accessories)

Price Tag (Garment Accessories)

Price Tag

  • It is a label or tag that shows the price of the garment
  • Generally, it is made by paper
  • Usually barcode sticker is attached with price tag

Polybag (Accessories)

Polyester Bag (Garment Accessory)

Poly Bag

  • A polythene bag, especially used to store or protect the garment
  • It is regarded as a finishing item which is used for packing purpose

Paper (Accessories)

  • The items used to pack the garment which will hold the garment components in position.
  • For example, the paper used at the collar and sleeves of a shirt

Carton (Accessories)

Cardboard Box (Garment Accessory)


  • A cardboard or plastic box used typically for storage or shipping of garments
  • Carton quality is very important otherwise garments may be damaged during shipment

Tape (Accessories)

  • It is a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like
  • It is used for tying garments, or garment components

Hanger (Accessories)

Wooden Hanger (Garment Accessory)


  • It is one kind of accessories used for hanging the garments
  • It is used for hanging t shirt, coat, and also different types of garments, most preferably in the best garment bag for storage units.

Tassel (Accessories)

  • Tassel is a finishing material used in fabric decoration
  • It is an ornament usually made by threads, cord, string, and generally attached with bottom hems or sleeve to garments or other hangings
  • It is more commonly used in ladies’ attire

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Sifat Muntasir


I’m Sifat. I work as a lecturer in the Department of Textile Engineering at Port City International University. I’m fascinated by the latest developments in the world of fashion and clothing, so I spend most of my time writing about them on this blog.

I also enjoy singing and playing games on the internet in my free time – though I’m not very good at either!

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