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Ultimate list of different {TYPES OF CLOTHES }

different types of clothes

I love looking at pictures of historical clothing in books ( maybe a residue of my love for historical books). They are fascinating. Yes, even the togas of the ancient Rome look so romantic.

But I guess it was not so romantic back then. There is a story of back breaking labour behind each and every garment. Without the modern advances and technology available today, clothing was expensive and a good looking garment was the privilege of the rich. So I feel very lucky that I have so many choices today as to what to wear. The variety and scope of types of clothes available to us is astounding. 


List of modern clothing types and styles 


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An overgarment covering usually the front part of the body meant as a protective layer

Advancing colours

Warm colours (shades of red yellow and orange)

African  print

A dynamic and colourful print taken from the traditional dress and textiles.

American style

Very easy going sporty style

Antebellum waist

Dress which has natural waistline that dips two inches to a point in the center front.   .

Ball Gown

A formal full length dress usually intended for social occasions.


A cotton scarf often with a paisley pattern.

Ballet skirt/ Ballerina skirt

A tulle skirt worn by the dancers of ballet

Barn jacket

A medium-weight overcoat made of durable cotton (usually twill) that normally has a corduroy collar and large front pockets. With wool or flannel lining

Basque waistline

A dress with basque waistline has a waistline which dips in the centre forming a u or v shape towards the hipline.

Bell bottom

A flared pant tight at the waist hips and thighs but loose below.


A band worn around the waist intended to hold trousers up, or simply as a fashion item.

Bermuda Shorts

These are shorts which are worn 1 -3 inches above the knee. They are also known by names walking shorts and dress shorts

Bertha collar

Cape of fabric or lace attached to neckline for shawl effect.   .

Bike Tards

A close-fitting, one-piece garment from the top of the torso to be hem of the shorts


A two-piece type of women’s swimwear ; Consists of a bra and briefs

Bikini (V-Cut, French, String)

 Skimpier styles with narrow sides, including V-cut (in front), French cut (with high-cut sides) and low-cut String (with string sides)

Bishop sleeve

Full sleeve that ends in gathered band at wrist..


A jacket worn as a uniform.


Loose trousers gathered at the hem and waist.


A woman’s shirt


Drooping fullness in fabric from bodice to waist; gathered at or below waist.   .

Bohemian style / Boho chic

This is a fashion style which takes inspiration from gypsy style characterised by loose fitting clothes like peasant tops, maxi skirts head scarves and ponchos with bright designs .

Bolero Jacket

A loose, waist-length jacket open at the front.

Bomber jacket

A loose waist-length jacket with a fitted hem and cuffs. Also referred to as a flight jacket, and typically made of leather with a sheepskin lining and a full collar.


It refers to Jeans style which flares from the knees slightly to accommodate boots underneath.


A shoe with a tall upper that at least covers the ankle

Bow Tie

A short necktie tied in a bow knot


Underwear in the form of shorts

Boyfriend cut

Women’s apparel cut with a menswear silhouette. Usually relaxed, oversized and cuffed.


A panty or swimsuit bottom with maximum hip and back coverage.

Bow tie

A small necktie with two loops worn at the neck

Bra/ Brassiere

Women’s underwear that covers and supports the breasts.

Bra & KnickerSet

Matching pairs of bra and knickers


A very feminine soft bra, cropped to the midriff, that is often all-over lace or lace trimmed..

Bra Slip ( strapless)

A full slip with a built-in strapless bra or underwire, padded or padded push-up bra with straps..


Y-shaped underwear ; Full-coverage, to-the-waist panty, cut low on the thigh

Brush train

Very short train that just sweeps floor during walk.   .


A loose dress worn by some Muslim women

Bushirt sleeve

A small square shaped sleeve , with same width at armhole and lower edge.


A garment similar to a corset that is like a combination waist cinch and brassiere. It ends at the waist or extends to the hips. It is worn as a woman’s top, is usually strapless, and may be made from highly ornamental fabric.

Button down shirt

Shirt Fastened down with buttons

Bicycle clothing

Clothing which are meant to be worn while cycling .

Camisole / Camisole tops

In modern usage, the term may refer to any undergarment worn over a brassiere and ending at the waist.Blouses or tops that are cut in a style with broad straps, and tied at the upper edge with a drawstring are called camisole tops.

Capelet sleeve

Falls several inches below elbow in soft flare

Capelet train

Train which Flows from back of shoulders.   .

Capri Pants

Fairly straight-cut pants, tapered to the mid-calf.


Knitted long sleeved upper body garment with a full length opening at the front fastened by a zip or buttons


Trousers that end above the angle but below the knee

Car coat

A knee-length coat with a flat front placket. This coat was originally designed to make driving a car more comfortable.

Cardigan Jacket

A usually collarless sweater or jacket that opens the full length of the center front.

Cargo style

Usually loose-fitting pants or shorts with large, military-inspired pockets sewn on the hips and sides of the knees

Carpenter style

Pants or shorts with handy pockets and loops for holding tools commonly used by a carpenter.


Tight fitting one-piece garment with long legs

Cathedral train

Train which extends three yards from waist.  .


A loose-fitting, straight nightgown or undergarment or. A flirty little mini-slip in lengths that range from top of the thigh to mid-thigh. Perfect for short skirts, asymmetrical or slit hemlines.Usually hits at mid thigh.(Skimmer)


A semi fitted straight cut coat in single or double breasted style


An outer garment with sleeves, that is worn over other clothes, usually for warmth. It can be waist length or longer.


Cocktail dress

Refers to a formal style consisting of early evening frock/ dress


A garment, usually with boning, designed to clinch the waist

Court train

Extends a little under three feet from waist. 


A lightweight garment, such as a sarong, pareo, skirt or hooded jacket, used to cover a swimsuit.

Cowl Neck style

Style with neckline featuring a piece of material attached to a garment at the neck, which may be used as a hood or draped loosely in a swag from shoulder to shoulder at the front neckline or back; Cowl can be seen in sleeves also


A wide fabric band worn as a necktie that has long ends hanging down the chest

Crew neck

Tight Round neck of a sweater or t shirt

Cropped jacket

Jacket with Hem  cut just above the waist.

Crop Top lingerie

A popular style borrowed from active-wear, this tailored tank-style bra top is cropped to midriff length.


A decorative fastener used by men to fasten or link the two layers of a double cuff


Knee length or slightly longer pants, also called shorts


A formal and pleated waist sash

Dinner Jacket

A black jacket, a white shirt, black trousers, and a black bow tie.

Divided skirt

This skirt is one piece till the crotch line and then divided below

Dolman sleeve

Top of sleeve is wide, cut in one piece with shoulder.  

Drape front

A style in cardigans and Jackets where the lapels drapes down in the front.


A garment that covers the upper body and hangs down to cover all or part of the legs

Dressing Gown

A long loose coat-like piece of clothing, usually worn before or after dressing

Dropped Waist / Low Waist style 

A waistline that is sewn below the body’s natural waistline.

Drop shoulder sleeved bodice

This bodice has sleeve with an extended armhole. Sleeve lies below the shoulder.

Duffel Coat

A short hooded coat fastened with wooden buttons and loops

Dupatta ( Odhani / Chunri)

Long scarves which are generally decorated along the border with embroidery and other embellishments used with Salwar Kameez


One piece top and trousers often made of denim;These pants has a bib which is attached to two loops coming from the center back of the pants, made of very thick material. The bib usually has a pocket

Eastern pants

Pants with gathered waist and flared bottom, a variation of Dhothi.

Empire waistband/ empireline style

This high waistline begins just below the bust, giving tops or dresses a flowing, flattering fit. High waisted with short bodice. Skirt begins two or more inches above natural waist

Envelope waist style

A high waist line that folds over and forms a point like that of an envelope

Fanny wrap

Sash or cloth drapped at the hips

Fishtail Train

Fitted around the hips and flares out from the knee to the hemline.


A top made from Fleece material

Full Slips:

Full slips may be very tailored to create a smooth line under knits, or lavishly trimmed in lace at the bodice and hem..


A leg covering made from cloth or leather on boots or shoes extending from the instep of the foot to the midcalf or knee.

Garcon look

A boyish fashion worn by women

Garter Belts

 A sexy belt worn at the waist or hips with attached gerters to hold up stockings. Often coordinates with matching bras and bikinis.

Gibson sleeve

Full at shoulder, fitted at wrist.


Hand wear

Gored skirt

This is usually a six paneled skirt with three panels in the front and three at the back; All the panels are of the same dimension


A messy style of dressy seen in people who follow or like grunge music

Half slip

These are undergarments worn on top part of the body or the bottom as a underskirt. Half slips come in many lengths and may be smooth and tailored or lavishly trimmed with lace..


Handkerchief skirt

Skirt with lower edge hanging like the tip of a handkerchief.

Harem pants

Trousers with gathers in the waist and at the ankles. Originated in Arabia


 A style of neckline which is based on the ragaln bodice, with the bodice hanging from a band on the neckline or neckties


An item of clothing that covers the head

Hawaiian shirt

A short sleeved bright tropical print shirt

Henley shirt

A collarless knit top with a closure that stops midway down the shirt



High waist

Also known as empire waist line, this waist line is very high usually in line with the bust line

High-Cut Brief

 A panty fitted to the waist and cut high on the leg to visually lengthen legs, minimize panty lines..

Hip hugger

Pants or skirts with the waist line resting on the hips

Hip rider skirt

A two tier skirt with the upper tier fitting tightly around the waist and hips and lower tier has gathers or pleats


A panty worn low at the hip bones and cut higher on the sides..

Hippie style

Style characterized by long hair Beards jeans and psychedelic colours

Hollywood Waistband

Characterized by a full elasticized back and a side zipper or button closure.


Hooded sweatshirt

Infinity scarf

A scarf with edges stitched together usually worn around as a single loop around the neck 


male A waist length coat


Informal trousers/ pants  made of rough material called denim


A loose fitting shirt dress worn usually by Muslims.

Jogging Suit

A loose top and trousers made from a soft material, intended for jogging but also worn informally


Formal Trousers, which are loose at the knees and end in a cuff at the ankles; They were worn by the upper class in Rajasthan India


Knitted long sleeved upper body garment, traditionally made from wool or cotton

Jump suit

An over all one piece garment


Head cover.

Kick pleated skirts

Skirts with kick pleats all along its width.


A loose-fitting wraparound robe or jacket with wide sleeves, traditionally worn in Japan. It is worn with a broad sash

Kimono Jacket

A loose jacket with wide sleeves .


An ankle length open bodiced gown with long, wide sleeves


A short, pleated, usually wrap of fabric worn around the waist


Women’s underwear that covers the groin

Knee Grazer

A knee length skirt


Short pants


A loose shirt typically of Asian clothing. 

Leggings (tights)

Pants made of hosiery/knitted material, they are very fitted,  in bicycle (above knee), mid-calf or angle-length – sometimes trimmed in lace. LYCRA® adds freedom of movement and a smooth, comfortable fit..

Leg warmer

A tube shaped sock worn above the ankle to keep warm

Lehanga ( Ghagra)

A  kind of skirt with a belt at the waist and lots of gathers around.


Women’s underwear and night-wear

Lounge wear

Casual clothing worn around the house

Low waist

A waistline which begins at the hip line


A fashion look based on casual clothing

Marine look

A style that adopts the sailor’s look


Women’s one piece bathing suit

Maternity wear

Clothing adapted for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Mermaid style

A style of bottomwear ( skirt, dresses)which fits at the top and then flare as you reach the bottom hem.


A loose comfortable dress worn as nightwear


Clothing suitable for bedtime

Obi / Obi belt

Broad japanese sash

Off-The-Shoulder Neckline style

A neckline that lies gently hovering across the top of the bust-line with the shoulders uncovered or able to be seen through the sheer yoke of net or organza attached to a high collar.Checkout the tutorial to make an offshoulder top .

Oilskin clothing

Outerwear Clothing made of oilskin fabric which is waterproof


Loose, fully body protective clothing

Pyjama /Pajama pants

Loose fitting trousers with a gathered waist; Usually used as a loungewear or nightwear

Palazzo pants

Long wide-legged pants.


A fashionable winter wear ( Outerwear) garment with a hood.


A shawl made from a soft and light wool that is made from the hair around a goat’s neck


A heavy wool coat featuring a double-breasted style and notched collar. Hits at the hip.

Peasant Top

Romantic style often characterized with a low neckline, ruffles, or free flowing material.

Pedal pushers

These women’s pants with a straight leg are usually cuffed and fall just below the knee.

Peek-a-boo style

Style where Any part of the garment has been cut out to reveal skin.

Pegged skirt

A tight fitting skirt which is tight around the waist and hips but has a flare at the knees; this skirt a full front opening.

Pencil skirt

A skirt that is cut in a straight line from the hips to the hem. The name comes from its pencil-straight appearance.


A flowing piece of material attached at the waistline or hemline of a jacket, blouse, skirt or dress designed to create a flared appearance.


An underskirt usually a little shorter than the outer clothing and often made with a ruffled, pleated or lace edge


A Kashmiri attire which is a loose ankle length dress with wide and loose sleeves, worn over other dresses, by both men and women


A sleeveless garment worn as an outerlayer over other dresses like an apron .

Poet sleeve

Pleated at shoulder; very full from shoulder to cuff.  

Polo Shirt

Thin short sleeved top with a collar with a few buttons down a slit below the collar ; It is  usually seen as a sportswear often with a small logo on the chest pocket


A cloak with a hole in the centre for the head


A design with stability, firmness, subtle sheen and incredible durability.

Princess Line

A garment style in which the sections of the garment are cut in one from shoulder to hem, with no waistline seam.This style results in a close body fit.


Acidic colours, strange prints and body paintings

Puckered bodice

Usually associated with tube tops, it provides a scrunchy look.


An outer layer of clothing usually a sweater

Punk Pants

Pants with many stitching lines and pockets and perhaps buckles buttons etc popular among youngsters


Trousers and top intended for sleeping in


Clothing for women in China.

Rain Coat

A lightweight water proof coat which protects the wearer from rain.


A sleeve style that is cut with the armhole seam running from under the arm to the neckline. It’s commonly known for a contrasting long-sleeved look.


Clothes which looks the same on either side ( right side as well as wrong side)

Riding habit

Formal trousers worn by horse riders. They are calf length and end in a cuff

Riding jacket/ equestrian jacket

Single breasted jacket cut full at the hip for horseback riding or sometimes can be pleated in the back to add extra fullness..


A loosefitting piece of clothing, usually reaches to between the knees and feet


A one-piece garment with the lower part shaped like bloomers.Suitable for children to wear at play

Sack dress

Loose fitting dress which slips over the head


Loose pants popular in Indian subcontinent


A 5 yard of fabric typically worn by Indian girls draped around their body in a particular and  typical style.

Sailor pants

Bell bottom pants with double-breasted button front opening worn by U.S. Navy sailors.


A loose-fitting, long strip of fabric that is often worn around the waist like a skirt, or wrapped around the whole body like a dress. It is a very popular form of a swimsuit cover-up.


Ornamental band scraf, strip or belt worn around the waist over the shoulders

Seamless panties

Panties knitted in one piece to provide a smooth, seamless fit..


A piece of fabric that wraps around the neck to keep the wearer warm


Skirt with attached undershorts that offers the look of a skirt with the modesty and comfort of shorts. Common in activewear and girls’ clothing.


A piece of fabric used to cover the head and shoulders


Indian pants which flared up below the knees.


A style of dress with a form fitting bodice and skirt. The length is usually below the knee, often with a slit in the sides or back for ease of movement.


A loose top and trousers made of a very thin and light material, used for sports and as fashion wear


A long loose coat ( Indian) with draping sleeves and high neck

Shift Dress

A very simple sleeveless dress which is not defined at the waist.


An upper body garment with a collar, cuffs, and a full length vertical opening at the front with buttons


Trousers that end at or above the knee


A woman’s small, waist-length or shorter jacket


A sleevelss undergarment; typically one piece

Ski Pants

Pants with a piece of elastic or an all-in-one strap that goes under the foot to keep the pants in place..

Skimmer pants

Cropped pants with a straight-leg fit that skims the knee.


A tube like garment worn around the waist. 

Sheath dress

Semi-fitted dress with waist dart or a French dart.

Shift dress

Dress that hangs straight from the underarm to the hem.

Shirred waist

Fabric is gathered to make a horizontal panel at waist.  

Shirtwaist dress

A dress with some details of a shirt, like collar buttons or cuffed sleeves

Short shorts / hot pants

Shorts that end at the crotch line.


A pair of shorts that have a fabric covering sewn on the front to create a skirt-like appearance. The back, however, still looks like shorts

Slip dress

Straight or semi fitted dress with shoulder straps.

Smoking jacket

Formal styled jacket usually with velvet or satin collar either notch or shawl collared..


A fabric garment that covers the feet and ankles


A long sleeved short jacket

Split skirt

Shorts that stop above the knee with front and back inverted pleats made to look like a skirt..

Stadium coat

Three quarter length coat with a hood and toggle closure.


A close-fitting see-through garment that covers the foot and most of the leg

Strapless Bodice

Bodice that is shoulderless with added support, such as bones, that are inserted into the seam allowance to give structure..

Straight pants

Pants which are straight all along its length

Straight skirt

This skirt is a straight line with no flare or fullness at the hem or waistline.( Column skirt or pencil skirt)

Stretch slip

Slips blended with LYCRA® that provide a smooth line and ease of movement. The stretch fabric may be in the bra and bodice or all over, for body-conscious knits.


Two piece formal wear in the form of a smart jacket, and trousers or skirt


This is a bodice which crosses across the body like a wrap top.The two halves of the front of the bodice cross diagonally. 


A winter upper body garment made by knitting with wool.


A knitted top with long sleeves, typically lighter than a jumper


Cotton jersey sportswear

Sweep train

Very long train

Swimming Costume

Women’s swimwear that covers the upper body, but not the arms

Swimming Shorts

Men’s swimwear in the form of shorts

Swimming Trunks

Men’s swimwear in the form of briefs  

Tap pants

A pair of brief lingerie shorts, usually worn with a camisole top.

 Teddy, Bodysuit

Above the knee sleepwear garment with lace trim. For a smooth line under body-conscious clothes or to be seen under sheer fashions, a sexy all-in-one bodysuit that may have a smooth, second-skin fit, or may be lacy or lace trimmed.


A  Casual knit top with rib trim jewel neck and short sleeves.

Tailcoat male

Very formal wear that consists of a coat that is waist-length at the front and the back longer and divided into two pieces. It is accompanied by smart trousers, a shirt, a tie, and a waistcoat


A two-piece swimsuit, similar to a bikini but with the upper part in the form of a tank top

Tank top

Sleeveless top with a U or scooped neckline..

Tent/ Trapese/ Swing dress

A Dress that flares out away from the body with a wide bottom sweep..


Underwear that doesn’t cover the bottom, but has a thin strip of material that passes between the buttocks. It is the barest, most body-conscious style, with center string or thong on back. Ensures no panty lines under most clothes.


A piece of adornment worn around the neck under a shirt collar and knotted at the throat, that drops down over the front of the shirt

Tiered skirt

Skirt with three tiers of the same size gathered and stitched together


Close fitting leg and waist wear made of thin stretchy material


Any garment for just the upper body

Toreador pants

Slim fit pants ending below the knee in the style of Spanish bull fighters..


A loose top and trousers, worn for sports, or informally


Footwear for athletics, or a fashion shoe that is sporty in style.

Trench Coat

A long coat with wide lapels and belted at the waist and is usually used as a rainwear.


A lower body garment that covers the legs and waist, constructed of two cylindrical parts, for the legs, which are joined at the top

Trumpet skirt

Skirt that has a circular flounce at the bottom, resembling the end of a trumpet.

Tulip hemmed skirt

A skirt without a side seam with one part overlapping the other side on the front.


A simple pullover blouse or jacket that falls at the hip. It was designed from two pieces of linen sewn up the sides and across the top with holes left for the head and arms.


A headdress


A high, close-fitting, turnover collar used especially for sweaters

Tuxedo Jacket 

A typically black jacket which is used as a formal wear with a peaked collar or shawl collar.A black bow tie and a cummerbund usually accompanies the tuxedo. 


Formal pantsuit with a satin notched or shawl collar and stripe along the pant leg.


Clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing


A thin sleeveless upper body garment


Underwear; Sleeveless underwear top worn for warmth


An upper body garment without sleeves worn over a shirt, which usually has buttons down the front


Train falls from back yoke of dress.

Wrap around skirt

One piece skirt with a long belt which wraps the skirt around the waist


A zipped top

Clothing Categories

Outer wear

Consists mostly of Coats, capes, jackets. They are mainly of these fabric types – Wool and wool blends, microfiber, leather and fur


Sport Jackets, shirts, blouses, shorts, skirts, pants, sweaters, knit seperates, casual trousers are included in sportswear which are then mixed and matched according to preference.

Active wear

Includes fitness clothes like crop tops, tshirts, jogging sets, unitards, bike shorts, leggings, Ski jackets, tennis shots, windbreakers, sweat suits and jackets. The two types are real active wear and those worn as street styles. 

Swim wear

Includes bikinis, one piece bathing suits, cover up clothes and burqinis


Includes innerwear, bodywear, sleepwear, and loungewear and body slimmers

Tailored clothing

Professional wear including Jackets, pants and skirts worn for office  as a set for women. Tuxedos are included in men’s wear. 

Social wear

Includes dresses, gowns, bridal gowns, long and short cocktail dresses

Work wear

Work shirts, overalls worn for labour oriented work.

We expect a lot from our clothes – they should cover our body adequately, even while making us look attractive and protect us, all the while being suitable enough according to culture, geography, traditions, customs and social values.It is a good thing that we have such a variety of clothes to choose from.

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