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 

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.


Table of Contents


    A loose backless garment worn by women in India


    A full sleeve coat like men’s garment in India


    A double breasted knee or hip length clothing with  a wrap opening


    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.   .


    Short ankle length socks


    Waterproof jacket with hood


    A band of fabric , metal or beads worn around the upper arm


    Triangular folded handkerchief worn on head

    Baggy pants

    Pants ot trousers very loose at the hips and fitted near the ankle

    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

    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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