I've seen open-front shirt but it mostly describes a shirt that is supposed to be open in front, as in, it has no buttons. What I'm looking for is an adjective to describe when someone chooses to keep the buttons of their shirt or the chain of their tracksuit open. I thought about using open-chained but it reeks of incongruity ("open" and "chain" doesn't really go together).

So, is there an adjective to describe what I mentioned? An example sentence would be: The guy with the _______ tracksuit is the favourite to win this year.

  • There is minimal evidence for 'open collar tracksuit', but this may refer to the cut rather than the wearing preference. Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 16:05
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    Did you mean the tracksuit zip? Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 16:05
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    @Weather Vane I naively suspected that fashion had again passed me by. Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 16:06
  • @EdwinAshworth I wondered too but a quick google shows only print pattern designs, although you can get a matching neck chain. Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 16:07
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    @FumbleFingers That is just added value here. Anyway, the guys in tracksuits are the underlings, not the head honchos who generally wear suits.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:14

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I'd just describe it using whatever the clasping mechanism is + the prefix un. A button-up shirt could be described as unbuttoned, and a zip-up track suit could be described as unzipped, or a piece of clothing with a drawstring could be described as untied.

  • Yes, the three terms are good. Closure mechanism, though, not clasp.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:15
  • @Lambie A clasp is any kind of device with interlocking parts to fasten things together. Buttons and zippers are both types of clasps, although I agree a drawstring probably wouldn't be. Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:38
  • Not in my mind: jewelry has clasps. Clothes have fasteners.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:48

Is this what you mean? Found by Google search "unzipped tracksuit".


  • Sure, zipped and unzipped.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:06
  • Is there some language where zipper and chain in English have the same translation? It is not hard to imagine.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:39
  • Not in the languages I know.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 17:49
  • I'm questioning whether she'd actually be able to wear that unzipped. Commented Aug 2, 2021 at 19:04

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