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Parts of clothes

arm

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that your arm fits into

armhole

noun

one of the holes for your arms in a shirt, jacket etc

basque

noun

the short part of a jacket, skirt etc that fits closely below the waist

bib

noun

a square part above the waist of some types of skirt or trousers that covers your chest

bodice

noun

the part of a dress that covers a woman’s body from the waist up

breast

noun

the top front part of a jacket or coat

breast pocket

noun

a pocket on the front of a shirt or jacket, over your chest

buttonhole

noun

a small hole in a piece of clothing through which you push a button to fasten it

care label

noun

a label inside a piece of clothing that tells you how you should wash and dry it

coat-tails

noun

the two long pieces that form the bottom part of the back of a man’s formal jacket

collar

noun

the part of a coat, shirt, or dress that goes around your neck

crew neck

noun

a tight round neck on a sweater

crotch

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers this area

crutch

noun

a crotch

cuff

noun

the part of a sleeve that fits around your wrist

cuff

noun

a turn-up on a pair of trousers

dart

noun

a narrow pointed fold made in a piece of clothing by sewing so that it has a better shape or fits better

elbow

noun

the part of a sleeve that covers your elbow

facing

noun

cloth fastened to the inside edges of a piece of clothing to make it stronger

facings

noun

the collar or cuffs of a jacket or coat when they are made in a different cloth or colour from the rest

finger

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your fingers

flies

noun

the opening at the front of a pair of trousers that is fastened with buttons or a zip

fly

noun

the flies on a pair of trousers

foot

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers your foot

fringe

noun

a row of fibres or thin pieces of cloth that hang down from a piece of cloth or clothing

grommet

noun

a metal or plastic ring that surrounds a hole in cloth to prevent it from tearing

gusset

noun

a small extra piece of cloth sewn into a piece of clothing, especially underwear, to make it stronger or more comfortable

heel

noun

the part of a sock etc that goes over the back of your foot. The other end is called the toe.

hem

noun

the bottom edge of something such as a dress or curtain that is folded and sewn in place

hemline

noun

the bottom edge of a dress or skirt which has been turned up and sewn in place

hemline

noun

the length of women’s skirts and dresses as this changes according to fashion

hip pocket

noun

a pocket near your hip in a pair of trousers or a skirt

hood

noun

a piece of coloured cloth worn over the shoulders as part of some academic gowns

inside leg

noun

the length of your leg measured on the inside from the top to the foot

knee

noun

the part of a pair of trousers that covers your knee

ladder

noun

a long thin hole in stockings or tights. The American word is run.

lapel

noun

one of the two parts at the front of a coat or jacket that are folded back on each side below the collar

leg

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your legs

name-tape

noun

a small piece of cloth with your name on it that you fix to your clothes to show they are yours

neck

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that touches or lies just below your neck

neckline

noun

the shape of a piece of clothing around your neck

panel

noun

a piece of material that forms part of a piece of clothing

patch

noun

a piece of cloth that you sew over a hole in clothes, or over a part where holes might form

patch

noun

a small piece of cloth with a design on it that you sew onto clothes for decoration

patch pocket

noun

a square pocket that is sewn onto a piece of clothing

pocket

noun

a small bag that forms part of a piece of clothing and is used for holding small objects

run

noun

a long thin hole in stockings or pantyhose

scoop neck

noun

a round low neck on a piece of women’s clothing

seat

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers your bottom

shirtfront

noun

the front part of a man’s shirt

shirtsleeves

noun

the sleeves of a shirt

shirt tail

noun

the bottom part of a shirt worn inside your trousers, especially the longer part at the back

shoulder

noun

the part of a shirt, jacket, or other piece of clothing that covers your shoulder

shoulder pad

noun

a thick soft piece of material inside the shoulders of a piece of clothing such as a jacket

shoulder strap

noun

a thin piece of cloth or other material that goes over the shoulder on clothes such as dresses

side split

noun

a cut in the side of a piece of clothing such as a skirt, used mainly for decoration

skirt

noun

the part of a dress or coat that is below the waist

sleeve

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers your arm

stay

noun

a short piece of bone, wire, or plastic used inside a corset or shirt collar to keep it stiff

stirrup

noun

a band of cloth that goes under your foot on some trousers

strap

noun

a narrow piece of material that holds a piece of clothing on your body

tail

noun

the bottom part of your shirt that you put inside your trousers

toe

noun

the part of a shoe or sock that covers your toes

train

noun

a long part at the back of a dress, especially a wedding dress, that spreads over the ground

tuck

noun

a fold in clothing that you sew for decoration or to make the clothing tighter

turn-up

noun

a fold at the bottom of the leg of a pair of trousers

turtleneck

noun

a high collar on a sweater that fits closely around the neck

turtleneck

noun

a polo neck

vent

noun

a straight cut at the bottom of a jacket, dress etc that allows you to move more easily

V-neck

noun

an opening for the neck in a piece of clothing, in the shape of a ‘V’

waist

noun

the part of a piece of clothing that covers the middle part of your body

waistband

noun

a piece of cloth on a pair of trousers or a skirt that goes round your waist

waistline

noun

the place where the upper and lower pieces of clothing meet, usually near the waist

wing collar

noun

a stiff collar on a man’s formal shirt

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