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Words used to describe clothes

A-line

adjective

an A-line skirt fits closely around the waist and is slightly wider at the bottom

backless

adjective

a backless dress does not cover a woman’s back and shoulders

baggy

adjective

baggy clothes are very loose on your body

best

adjective

used for referring to your nicest or most expensive clothes that you wear on special occasions

boot-cut

adjective

boot-cut trousers become slightly wider at the bottom so that they fit easily over boots

brief

adjective

not covering much of your body

button-down

adjective

a button-down shirt has the ends of the collar fastened to the shirt with buttons

button-through

adjective

a button-through skirt or dress has buttons that go from the top to the bottom

casual

adjective

casual clothes are comfortable, and suitable for wearing in informal situations

clingy

adjective

fitting in a way that shows the shape of your body

close-fitting

adjective

showing the shape of your body

comfortable

adjective

pleasant to wear, hold, or use

conservative

adjective

conservative clothing or styles are traditional and without decoration

cool

adjective

cool clothes prevent you from feeling too hot

décolleté

adjective

a piece of woman’s clothing that is décolleté is very low at the top so that you can see part of her shoulders and breasts

designer

adjective

designer clothes are made by a famous designer and are usually expensive and fashionable

double-breasted

adjective

a double-breasted jacket or coat has two parallel lines of buttons down the front when it is fastened

dressy

adjective

dressy clothes are worn on formal occasions

drip-dry

adjective

drip-dry clothes do not need ironing

easy-care

adjective

easy-care clothes do not need to be ironed after they are washed

-fitting

suffix

used with some adjectives and adverbs to make adjectives describing how clothing fits someone

flame-retardant

adjective

flame-retardant clothing or substances have been treated with chemicals that stop them from burning easily in a fire

formal

adjective

formal clothes are the special clothes that people wear at formal occasions, usually a black jacket and trousers for men and a long dress for women

full

adjective

a full piece of clothing is loose on your body because it contains a lot of cloth

full-length

adjective

a full-length coat, dress, or skirt goes down to your feet

full-length

adjective

a full-length sleeve goes to your wrist

hard-wearing

adjective

hard-wearing clothing is strong and lasts a long time

heavy

adjective

heavy clothes, shoes, or materials are thick and strong

homespun

adjective

homespun clothes are made from cloth that someone has produced at home

hooded

adjective

with a hood

hooded

adjective

wearing a piece of clothing that has a hood

ill-fitting

adjective

ill-fitting clothes are the wrong size for the person wearing them

informal

adjective

used about the type of clothes that you wear at home or to relax

itchy

adjective

used about clothes that make you feel like this

Jackie-O

adjective

fashionable in the style of Jacqueline Onassis

knee-length

adjective

reaching your knees

light

adjective

light clothes are made of thin cloth and are not very warm

lined

adjective

clothing that is lined has another layer of cloth on the inside

long

adjective

long dresses, trousers, sleeves etc cover your arms or legs

loose

adjective

loose clothes are large and do not fit your body tightly

loose-fitting

adjective

loose-fitting clothes are large, comfortable, and not tight

low

adjective

a piece of clothing that is low shows your neck and a lot of your chest

low-cut

adjective

a low-cut dress or blouse shows a woman’s chest and the top part of her breasts because it has a low neckline

machine washable

adjective

able to be washed in a washing machine without being damaged

made-to-measure

adjective

made to fit a particular person. Clothes that have not been made for a particular person are ready-to-wear or off-the-peg.

modest

adjective

modest behaviour or clothes are intended to avoid causing sexual feelings in other people: used mainly about women

non-iron

adjective

non-iron clothes do not need to be ironed (=made smooth) after they have been washed

off-the-peg

adjective, adverb

off-the-peg clothes are not made to fit a particular person

off-the-rack

adjective, adverb

off-the-peg

one-piece

adjective

consisting of one piece of clothing, or made from one piece of material, rather than separate parts

open-necked

adjective

an open-necked shirt is a shirt whose top button is not fastened

oversized

adjective

used about clothes that are designed to look large

padded

adjective

padded clothes are filled with a soft substance to protect or change the appearance of your body

peaked

adjective

a peaked cap or hat has a flat curved part that continues beyond the main part at the front above the eyes

plunging

adjective

a plunging neckline or dress shows a lot of the top part of a woman’s breasts

preshrunk

adjective

preshrunk clothes do not get smaller when you wash them because the cloth was shrunk before the clothes were made

prim

adjective

prim clothes are neat, sensible, and show very little of your body

prissy

adjective

prissy clothes or designs look silly because they are too tidy and traditional

raglan

adjective

a raglan sleeve goes right up to your neck, without a separate join at the shoulder

raglan

adjective

used about a piece of clothing with raglan sleeves

rainproof

adjective

rainproof material or clothing prevents rain from passing through it

ready-to-wear

adjective

ready-to-wear clothes are ready-made

revealing

adjective

showing a part of someone’s body that is usually covered

reversible

adjective

able to be used or worn on both sides

rolled-up

adjective

rolled-up sleeves or trousers have their ends folded over several times to make them shorter

roomy

adjective

roomy clothing is large and comfortable

ruched

adjective

ruched clothes or curtains are made with many small folds pulled close together

sartorial

adjective

relating to clothes or to how they are made

scanty

adjective

scanty clothes show parts of your body that are usually covered

seamed

adjective

made with a seam

seamless

adjective

made without seams

sensible

adjective

sensible clothes or shoes are practical and comfortable rather than fashionable

showerproof

adjective

showerproof coats and jackets keep you dry in light rain but not in heavy rain

single-breasted

adjective

a single-breasted jacket has one row of buttons

skimpy

adjective

skimpy clothes fit very tightly and do not cover very much of someone’s body. This word often shows that you do not approve of clothes like this

skinny

adjective

skinny clothes fit your body very tightly

skin-tight

adjective

skin-tight clothes fit your body very tightly

sleeveless

adjective

a sleeveless dress or shirt is one that does not have sleeves

slimming

adjective

making you look thinner than you really are

sloppy

adjective

sloppy clothes are loose and informal

smart

adjective

used about someone’s clothes

snug

adjective

fitting closely to your body, or fitting closely into a space

sporty

adjective

sporty clothes are designed to be worn for sport or on informal occasions

starched

adjective

starched clothes have been made stiff with starch

straight

adjective

a straight skirt, pair of trousers etc hangs down close to your body

strapless

adjective

without straps that go over your shoulders

strappy

adjective

strappy clothes or shoes have several straps

stretch

adjective

stretch cloth or clothing becomes wider or longer when you pull it and returns to its original shape and size when you stop pulling it

stretchy

adjective

stretchy cloth or clothing can be stretched and will go back to its original shape

tailored

adjective

tailored clothes are shaped in a way that matches the shape of a person’s body

tailor-made

adjective

tailor-made clothes are made by a tailor to fit a particular customer

thermal

adjective

thermal clothing is made of special material that keeps you warm

threadbare

adjective

threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been worn or used a lot

tight

adjective

clothes that are tight are close against your body when you wear them

tight-fitting

adjective

fitting very tightly

two-piece

adjective

consisting of two matching pieces of clothing, one for the top part of your body and one for the bottom part

underwired

adjective

an underwired bra has two curved metal wires sewn into it that support a woman’s breasts

unfashionable

adjective

used for describing clothes like this

unlined

adjective

unlined curtains or clothing have no lining (=extra layer of cloth) on the inside

voluminous

adjective

voluminous clothing has a lot of material in it and is loose on your body

-waisted

suffix

used with some adjectives to make other adjectives describing the type of waist that a person or piece of clothing has

washable

adjective

able to be washed without being damaged

waterproof

adjective

waterproof clothes keep you dry because they do not let rain pass through them

wearable

adjective

wearable clothes are comfortable and easy to wear

weatherproof

adjective

providing protection from bad weather

wraparound

adjective

wrapped around your body and tied rather than being fastened with buttons etc

zip-up

adjective

closed by means of a zip

monogrammed

adjective

pleated

adjective

polo-neck

adjective

V-necked

adjective

down to

used for saying how long someone’s hair is or how long their clothes are

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