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Types of clothes and shoes

accessory

noun

a small thing such as a piece of jewellery or a pair of shoes that you wear with clothes to give them more style

array

noun

beautiful or impressive clothes

beachwear

noun

light summer clothes that you wear on the beach

black

noun

black clothes

black tie

noun

very formal men’s clothes worn for a social event, usually including a black bow tie

cast-off

noun

a piece of clothing that you no longer want and give to someone else

casuals

noun

informal clothes

civvies

noun

ordinary clothes rather than a military uniform

combats

noun

clothes with a military style that are worn by ordinary people

coordinates

noun

women’s clothes that are designed to be worn together

costume

noun

clothes that performers wear in a play, film etc

costume

noun

clothes that are typical of a particular place or of a period in history

costume

noun

clothes that you wear at a fancy dress party, pretending to be a famous person, an animal, a character from a story etc

couture

noun

clothes that a famous designer makes for individual customers, or the design of these clothes

delicates

noun

clothes that need to be washed with special care

disguise

noun

something that you wear to change the way that you look so that people will not recognize you

drag

noun

women’s clothes worn by a man or men’s clothes worn by a woman, usually as part of an entertainment

ensemble

noun

a set of clothes that you wear together

evening dress

noun

formal clothes that people wear when they go to important social events in the evening

fancy dress

noun

clothes that you wear for fun to make you look like a particular famous person or a particular type of person, at a fancy-dress party

finery

noun

beautiful clothes and jewellery, especially the type that people wear only on special occasions

footwear

noun

things that you wear on your feet, such as shoes or boots

garb

noun

a particular type of clothing, for example clothing that shows your situation in life or the work that you do

grunge

noun

a dirty untidy style of clothing that is popular among people who play or like grunge music

haberdashery

noun

men’s clothes, or a shop that sells men’s clothes

hand-me-downs

noun

clothes that have been worn by someone and then given to someone else in the same family

haute couture

noun

expensive and fashionable clothes, or the business of designing and making them. Someone who makes or sells these clothes is a haute couturier.

headgear

noun

things that you wear on your head

hosiery

noun

socks, stockings, and tights. This word is used especially to refer to these things when they are sold in a shop.

jumble

noun

old clothes and other things that you no longer want, sold to raise money. The American word is rummage.

knitwear

noun

clothes that have been knitted

label

noun

a piece of clothing that has been made by a well-known designer

leathers

noun

clothes made from leather, especially those worn by someone riding a motorcycle

leisurewear

noun

clothes for relaxing or playing sports. This word is used mainly in shops and the clothing industry.

livery

noun

a special old-fashioned type of uniform that some people wear for their job, usually a job that involves serving people

menswear

noun

clothes for men

millinery

noun

hats that are sold in shops

mourning

noun

clothes, especially black clothes, that are worn as a sign of respect for someone who has died

nightclothes

noun

clothes that you wear to sleep in

nightwear

noun

clothes that you wear to sleep in

outerwear

noun

clothes such as coats that you wear over other clothing, especially for outdoor activities

rags

noun

clothes that are old, torn, and dirty

regalia

noun

special clothes that you wear for a ceremony or official occasion

running

noun

worn or used for running

separates

noun

pieces of clothing such as skirts, trousers, and shirts that you can wear together in different combinations

sportswear

noun

clothes used for playing sport

sportswear

noun

casual clothes

suit

noun

a type of clothing that you wear for a particular activity

Sunday best

noun

your best clothes that you wear for special occasions

swimwear

noun

clothes that people wear for swimming

synthetics

noun

synthetic clothing or substances

tatters

noun

old torn pieces of clothing

thermals

noun

thermal clothes, especially underwear

top

noun

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

two-piece

noun

a set of women’s clothes consisting of two matching parts, one for the top part of the body and one for the bottom part

underclothes

noun

clothing that you wear next to your skin under your other clothes. A more usual word is underwear.

undergarment

noun

a piece of clothing that you wear next to your skin under your other clothes. A more usual word is a piece of underwear.

underwear

noun

clothing that you wear next to your skin under your other clothes

undies

noun

underwear

uniform

noun

a set of clothes that you wear to show that you are part of a particular organization or school

uniform

noun

the type of clothes that a particular person usually wears

V-neck

noun

a piece of clothing that has a V-neck

wear

noun

clothes that are suitable for a particular activity or group of people

woollens

noun

clothes made from wool

a change of clothes/socks/underwear etc

another set of clothes that you take with you so that you can wear them instead of the ones you are wearing, if necessary

someone’s best bib and tucker

someone’s best clothes

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