A list of different {TYPES OF CLOTHES }

I love looking at pictures of historical clothing in books. They are fascinating. Yes, even the togas of ancient Rome look so romantic.

But I guess it was not so romantic back then. There is a story of back breaking labor 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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Table of Contents

    Clothing Categories

    Outer wear

    The term for clothing designed for use outdoors. ; Also called overclothes. Includes all items ranging from Coats, Overcoats, Blazers, Capes, Jackets and Rainwear. They are mainly of these fabric types – Wool and wool blends, microfiber, leather and fur

    Active wear 

    Includes all clothes suitable for an active athletic lifestyle;The two types are real activewear (Active sports clothes – those worn for participating in active sports) and those worn as street styles.

    Include fitness clothes like compression garments, crop tops, t shirts, jogging sets, unitards, bike shorts, leggings, Ski jackets, tennis shorts, windbreakers, sweat suits and jackets. All items ranging from Bodywear, Golfwear, Jog suits, Playwear, Skiwear, Sweatwear and Tenniswear are included.  


    Includes bikinis, one piece bathing suits, cover up clothes, burqinis Swimsuits, Maillots, Tank Suits, Bikinis and Wet Suits

    Tailored clothing (Suits)

    Also called after-5 suitings or career 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 / special occasion wear

    Includes dresses, gowns, bridal gowns, long and short cocktail dresses; Debutante and Pageant Gowns, Christening, Communion and Confirmation dresses.

    Casual wear (Sports wear)

    Also called leisurewear, coordinates, weekend wear or sportswear. Clothing designed for comfort and casually styled but often acceptable for many business or social occasions. Includes Coordinates, Separates, Bottoms, Tops put together to achieve a casual look. Sport Jackets, shirts, blouses, shorts, skirts, pants, sweaters, knit separates, casual trousers are included in sportswear which are then mixed and matched according to preference.

    Leg wear

    Term for any close-fitting hosiery or covering for the foot. Includes all articles ranging from Dress and Casual Socks, Opaques, Tights, Stockings, Thigh-highs, Knee-highs, Nylons, Pantyhose, Anklets, Hose, Argyles and Leggings.


    Articles worn around the neck; Includes all articles ranging from Cravats, Collars, Scarves and Ties.

    Shawls and wraps

    A square or oblong piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders.

    Bridal wear

    All clothing and accessories related to a wedding. Includes all items ranging from Wedding Dresses, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid Dresses, Gowns, Evening Gowns, Formal Dresses.

    Evening wear

    The term used for evening attire, usually gowns, for Women; also called formal wear and After-5 clothes.


    This refers to all clothing that are used as lingerie and underwear, designed to be worn under outer clothing near the skin. Includes innerwear, bodywear, sleepwear, and loungewear and body slimmers and all articles ranging from Lingerie, Underwear, Corsets, Stays, Corselets, Girdles, Garter Belts, Bras, Peignoirs, Camisoles, Teddies, Long Underwear, Shapewear, Petticoats, Slips and Brassieres.

    Uniforms & Work wear

    Work shirts, overalls and such clothing worn for labour oriented work or clothing with a distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification.  Smocks, Pinafores, Aprons, School uniforms, Coveralls, Camouflage and Military clothes.

    Knit wear

    Clothing made of knit, crocheted, or woven wool, cotton, or synthetic yarn

    Lounge wear

    This includes clothing designed for relaxing or lounging while in the home like Pants, Shirts, Dresses, Jackets, Robes, Bed Jackets, Housecoats, Dressing Gowns, Smoking Jackets, Bathrobes.

    Shirts and blouses

    Garments for the upper part of the body; Includes Blouses, Dress Shirts, Sport Shirts, Knit Shirts, Jerseys, Polo Shirts, V necks, Turtlenecks, Tanks, Halter Tops, Tube Tops, Bandeau tops, Tunics, T shirts, Hawaiian Wear and Dickeys.


    Refers to a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately; Includes pants and trousers, Dress Pants, Casual Pants, Jeans and Corduroys

    Sleep wear

    Clothing  designed to be worn in bed like Pajamas, Night Shirts, Night Dresses, Nighties.

    Resort wear

    This includes clothing designed for use in Resorts or on Vacation;  refers to all items ranging from Shorts, Tanks, Swimwear and Beachwear.

    Mourning wear

    This depends on the country you are in. In some countries black is the color for mourning clothes. In some it is white. Usually mourning clothes means the whole black clothing. It can also be just an armband or a trim.

    List of clothes


    Loose square garment which is closed on the sides (North African)


    A loose backless garment worn by women in India


    A long black cloak worn by Muslim women.

    Academic costume

    This is an umbrella term for the characteristic dress worn by students, and faculty of colleges/universties.


    A full sleeve coat like men’s garment in India.


    This is a wool blanket worn as a wrap/coverlet

    Afternoon dress

    This is an umbrella term used to refer to day time social functions.

    A line coat

    A coat with an A line silhouette, as it is fitting at the shoulders and flared toward the hem. It  usually ends near the fingertip.

    A line skirt

    A skirt which has an A line silhouette. This skirt has a fitted waistband but flares towards the hem

    Alice band

    A headband worn across the top of the head to keep the hair off the forehead. Named after Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland


    A double-breasted knee or hip length clothing with  a wrap opening.(Indian)

    Alice band

    A garment worn in cold weather to cut the wind and keep warm 

    Aloha shirt

    Aloha shirt is also known as a Hawaiian shirt. It is a front button down skirt with convertible collar and a very loose casual fit. The print of aloha shirts are usually colourful and filled with motifs of the Hawaiian locality like pineapple.

    Apple hats

    It is a flat panelled (8 panels) cap with a covered central button on top and a narrow visor in the front; also known as newsboy hat. 


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

    Apron dress

    Also called Pinafore dress, Alice in wonderland dress; This dress has a bib front just like an apron with a short skirt attached to it, which goes around the lower body.

    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

    Angel Flight suit

    Coordinated disco suit with jacket, vest, and flared pants and a satin shirt with a large collar

    Angel sleeved blouse

    Loose blouses with very wide loose sleeves

    Antebellum waist

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

    Ankle length Pants

    Refer Cigarette pants, pencil pants


    Short ankle length socks


    Waterproof jacket with hood

    Apache Tie

    A Short and thin fabric piece with pointed ends tied around the neck and held in place at the throat with a knot or metal slides


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


    A band of any fabric worn around the arm; may be used symbolically for a identifying with a purpose, identification or mourning.


    A neckscarf informally looped around the neck.


    Triangular folded handkerchief worn on head / hood tied under the chin

    Baby Bonnet

     Lace bonnet for small kids.

    Baby bunting

    This is a cozy loose jumpsuit for babies with attached hood.

    Baby doll dress

    This is a yoke dress with an empire waistline and gathered lower portion with a lose fit ; it usually ends above the knee


    Bikini meant for kids

    Baggy pants

    Pants or trousers very loose at the hips and flared near the ankle. Also called Baggies.

    Ball Gown

    A formal full length dress usually intended for social occasions


    A single breasted overcoat with ragalan sleeves and short roll collar.


    A cotton scarf often with a paisley pattern


    A narrow band worn round the head to hold the hair in position.

    Bandeau top

    A fabric piece around the bust area forming a strapless top. It can be used as a swimsuit top.

    Ballet skirt/ Ballerina skirt

    A tulle skirt worn by the dancers of ballet. It is usually a below calf length skirt

    Barfly apparel

    Umbrella term for clothes that can be worn at a cocktail bar.

    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.

    Barrow coat

    This is not a coat but a baby wrap. This is a fabric wrapped around the baby’s body, under the arms.

    Bathing cap

    Waterproof cap

    Bathing suit

    Clothing designed for wearing in water


    A full length coat, usually tied around the waist.

    Beach Pajamas

    A loose one piece jumpsuit with flared hem.

    Bed Jacket

    Short jacket worn when in bed

    Bell bottom pants

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

    Bell Boy Jacket

    Short fitted jacket


    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.   .

    Bias Slip

    A slip which is made of fabric cut on the bias.  

    Bias skirt

    A skirt which is cut on the bias. This cutting style results ina hip hugging flared hem skirt which is very flattering to most figures.

    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..


    An Arabian Overcoat. Also called Mishlah, this is a long white, brown or black cloak trimmed in gold that is worn over the thawb.

    Blazer (sports jacket)

    A lightweight single-breasted jacket usually of wool or silk, usually worn as a uniform. Usually embellished with an emblem from a club or school. 


    An undergarment pants /Loose trousers gathered at the hem and waist. It may even end near the ankles.


    A woman’s shirt


    This is a type of blouse with Drooping fullness in fabric from bodice to waist; gathered at or below waist.   .

    Bodycon dress

    Also called bandage dress; This is a dress made of a very stretchy fabric and is body hugging. This short dress ends almost at knee length. The bandage dress will have many seams making it seem like you have wrapped a bandage over the body.

    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 and short (waist-length) jacket with a fitted hem and cuffs. Also referred to as a flight jacket (A-2 Jacket), and typically made of leather with a sheepskin lining and a full collar. It has flap patch pockets shirt epaulettes ribbed knitted wristlets and wasitband 

    Bondage pants

    A type of Punk inspired pants. It used to be made of plaid with two straps leading from the front along the waistline to the side of the knee and was decorated with zippers, straps, chains, rings and buckles. .


    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 blouses

    Blouses with a bow in the front

    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.

    Boyfriend jeans

    A casual jeans with a semi fitted style. Usually will have distressing done and cuffs rolled up


    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

    Brothel creeper shoes

    A kind of shoes with very thick all over soles

    Brush train

    Very short train that just sweeps floor during walk.   .


    A loose all enveloping outer garment covering  the entire body worn by some Muslim women. It has a cap that fits over the top of the head with grills over eyes to see. This worn over other clothing.


    This is a long, loose hooded cloak worn by Arabs and Berbers in Africa.it was made of a coarse woollen fabric . This was worn over loose tunics

    Bushirt sleeve

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

    Bush Jacket

    Cotton Jacket resembling shirt having four patch pockets and a waist belt

    Business suit

    Suit consisting of matching coat, trouser and sometimes a vest.


    A strapless 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.


    This refers to fullness added to women’s skirts, gowns either at the sides, or at the back. This look is achieved through the use of different things added to the garment like a metal hoop, or projections, paddings etc. 

    Button down shirt

    Shirt Fastened down with buttons

    Bicycle clothing

    Clothing which are meant to be worn while cycling .


    A hip-length, close-fitting padded coat with a neckline (Wikipedia)

    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.


    Something that covers the head


    This is a wrap like garment that covers the shoulder. It has a flared look because of its circular cut.  

    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.( above the ankle) ; also called the 3/4th


    Front opened Knitted long sleeved upper body garment – it has 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.

    Car wash skirt

    This is a skirt with lots of slits along the hem and body


    Tight fitting one-piece garment with long legs; a form fittting jumpsuit

    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)

    Chesterfield coat

    A semi fitted straight cut knee length coat in single or double breasted style; It usually has a velvet collar with a short notched lapel

    Circle skirt

    This is a skirt which is made by cutting a hole in the center of a circular piece of fabric – the resultant skirt will hug thewaist and hips and will have great flare at the hem


    A special hat in the shape of a bell invented in 1908


    A loose outer garment.


    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 style of dress  meant for an evening or semi formal fuction – it will be made of expesive fabric with embellishments – usually it is of knee length. 


    A close-fitting cap, usually worn under other hats

    Compression tights

    Form fitting pants worn by athletes.


    Separates which are matching and that when worn together for a complete look.


    A Russian style overblouse with a band collar and sash


    A stiffened garment, usually with boning, designed to clinch the waist   that supported and shaped the torso. Principally a female fashion garment, but it used to be worn by men too. Usually has back-lacing and front fastening.

    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.

    Covert coat

    A single breasted overcoat made of covert cloth in a tan color with a flapped pocket.

    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

    A short top which ends just below the breast .

    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 broad waist sash which fits around the wasit. it is usually wor with a tuxedo

    Debutante dress

    A full length white (or shades of white) dress meant for a formal function like the coming out party of a debutante . The gown will be worn with elbow length white lacy gloves


    A detachable clothing worn around the neckline.

    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


    Moroccan hooded long sleeves thobes

    Dolman sleeve

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

    Double breasted style jacket

     A jacket that closes on the front with an overlap. When the opening is closed two parallel rows of buttons are visible


    A quilted garment

    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

    Dress Shirt

    The button down front shirt with full length sleeves and single or french cuffs. The shirt has a stiff folded shirt collar

    Drindle skirt

    Also called peasant skirt, gathered skirt, full skirt. This is a gathered skirt which falls below the knee

    Drainpipe pant

    This is an ankle length pant which fits tight across the waist and hips and has a straight cut legs which is narrow. Usually there are no front pockets on this pants ; nor would it have pockets

    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

    Duster coat

    A dress length overcoat.

    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.

    Eisenhower Jacket

    A waist length jacket with convertible collar , full length sleeves and two front pockets on either side of the body; It is also called a battle jacket

    Elephantine pants

    This bell bottom type of pants is fitting at the waist and hips but flares to look similar to huge elephant legs.

    Empire waistband/ empire line 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


    An ornament worn on shoulder

    Epaulet shirt

    This is a simple shirt / blouse / top with an epaulette like straps on the shoulders.

    Eton Jacket

    A jacket with a very large stiff turnover collar.

    Fanny wrap

    Sash or cloth drapped at the hips

    Fingerless gloves

    Gloves which end where the fingers start. They usually have a loop to insert the thumb to keep it in place

    Fishtail Train

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

    Fit and Flare skirt

    This is a skirt which is quite fitting at the top portion and then flares abruptly at  the hem. Usually the flares start from the knee or mid calf for a long skirt. An example is a mermaid skirt

    Fit & Flare clothing

    In this type of dress the bodice will be fitting  and attached to a skirt which flares as it reaches the hemline

    Flannel shirt

    This is a shirt made of flannel – and hence very durable and warm.It was first made for workers and since then it has become quite fashionable with its rugged looks and reliable fabric


    A top made from Fleece material

    Foot socks / Footsies/ Footies

    They are also known as booties or sneaker socks. Socks that just cover the feet ; they donot rise up to the ankles like normal socks.

    French pantyhose

    A panty with pantyhose attached.

    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.

    Fur coat

    A coat made of real furs like mink ermine or faux fur


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




    A flared ankle length skirt.

    Garcon look

    A boyish fashion worn by women

    Garter Belts

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

    Wedding Garter

    A circle of ribbon or elastic that went around the upper leg.


    A panty with garter belt attached

    Gaucho pants

    A wide flared pants which end at midcalf

    Gibson sleeve

    Full at shoulder, fitted at wrist.


    A belt or cord worn round the waist, a woman’s elasticated corset extending from waist to thigh. The girdle itself could be made from metal, leather, fabric or cord and could be quite ornate, even decorated with jewels.


    Hand wear;A fitted covering for the hand, made of leather, cotton, wool or any other fabric, with a separate sheath for each finger and thumb

    Gore (Gusset)

    A triangular piece of material inserted in a garment to give extra width and more rounded contours. 

    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

    Granny Dress

    A loose fitting below knee length one piece gathered waist dress with loose long sleeves gathered at the wrist.


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

    G string

    A strip of triangular shaped cloth worn as an underwear supported by a waist cord.Buttocks are exposed and pantiline problem avoided with this clothing

    Half slip

    These are undergarments worn on top part of the body or the bottom as a underskirt – under see through garments or to prevent skirt from clinging. 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

    Loose 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; typically has colourful fabric prints

    Head dress

    An elaborate covering for the head.

    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

    Hobble skirt

    A skirt with a very narrow hem (even constricting movement).

    Hollywood Waistband

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

    Hoop skirt

    A skirt stiffened with hoop. A bell-shaped understructure to carry petticoats in a wide circumference around the body; usually made out of linen with whalebone or cane


    Hooded sweatshirt


    Knit wear

    House coat

    Long informal garment worn around the house

    Hug me tight

    Close fitting Short sleeveless jacket.

    Infinity scarf

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


    A waist length coat


    A combination of jacket and cardigan


    Informal trousers/ pants  made of rough material called denim


    Leggings that look a lot like jeans because they are made of stretch denim and has features of jeans like buttons, zippers and sometimes even pockets or sometimes faux pockets

    Jester blouse

    This was a blouse which resembled a jesters costume with striped patterns. Made first by the designer Louella Ballerino


    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


    Shorts made from jeans


    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 .

    Kaftan (Caftan)

    An ankle length open bodiced gown with long, wide sleeves


    A type of headdress worn by Arab men. It is basically a square piece of fabric folded into a triangle and worn on the head tied with a band (a rope called egol) across the forehead or worn over the shoulders. Usually in white or read and/or black checks. Other names are shmagh/shemagh, ghutra, or hatta


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

    Kipper tie

    Tie patterned in bright colours, that is knotted at the throat and flambuoyantly wide at the tip


    Women’s underwear that covers the groin

    Knee Grazer

    A knee length skirt

    Knee high socks

    Socks that comes up to just below the knee


    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


    Leather breeches with suspenders; traditional garment in some parts of German speaking countries.


    A one piece garment which is close fitting; usually worn by dancers, acrobats etc.


    Women’s innerwear – underwear and night-wear

    Long Johns

    Long, ankle length, fitted drawers- long underwear.

    Lounge wear

    Casual clothing worn around the house.

    Lounge pants

    Loose-fitting pants meant to be worn around the house

    Low waist

    A waistline which begins at the hip line


    A fashion look based on casual clothing


    Lightweight raincoat.

    Marine look

    A style that adopts the sailor’s look


    Women’s one piece bathing suit or tights used by dancers


    Masculine style sandals


    Semi-circular, floor length cape

    Maternity wear

    Clothing adapted for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding


    Long ankle length dress.


    Leggings for men

    Men Mermaid style

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

    Merry widow

    This refers to a type of foundation garment which flattens the stomach, lessens the waist and pushes up the bust.

    Midi Skirt

    Skirt which is below calf length.

    Middy blouse

    A Nautical style blouse

    Military Belt

    Belt worn across the shoulder


    A glove that leaves fingers uncovered.


    Gloves covering the top arm to palm; it has separate sections for thumb and the rest of the fingers.


    See through robe worn as a nightdress – usually has lace trims along the edges of neckline and hem.


    A loose comfortable dress worn as nightwear


    Clothing suitable for bedtime


    A veil worn by Arabian women over their face. Facecover.

    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, one piece garment from eck to ankle ; as a fully body protective clothing


    Outer skirt worn on a skirt.

    Padded Bra

    Bras with padded cups. This is designed to give a fuller look to smaller bust sizes.

    Pajama pants

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

    Palazzo pants

    Long wide-legged pants

    Panel skirt

    A skirt with flare created by panels with increasing width as it goes down


    Over skirt draped on another skirt for fullness.

    Pant liner

    A separate knee length pants worn under trousers/ pants as a lining.

    Panti liner

    A thinner pad attached inside the panties as an alternative to mensturation pads


    General term for women’s underwear


    A thin sheer skin tight pant like garment ( usually made of sheer stretchy nylon )over the lower body from hip to toe or ankles


    A fashionable winter wear ( Outerwear) garment .It is a type of jacket with a hood often trimmed with fur. 


    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. Peek-a-boo cups in bras has a cut revealing nipples.

    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


    A sheer dressing gown/negligee


    Long wide collared coat with fur trimmings.

    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. This is worn directly under the outmost layer and usually meant to show through. Princess Petticoat is a  combination of a camisole and a waist petticoat meant for wearing under the close-fitting Princess-line dresses . A Brayette is a steel petticoat, similar to a baguette


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

    Photo tshirts 

    Tshirts with photographs printed on them


    A sleeveless garment worn as an outerlayer over other dresses like an apron – it will have a drindle skirt, bib and shoulder ruffles.

    Play suit

    A garment that has a blous

    Tshirts with photographs printed on them

    e and shorts joined together; typically worn by women and children.


    This refers to any style of clothing with a deep plunging cut in the front exposing cleavage. Eg. Plunge bra

    Plus size ( Queen Size)

    Style of clothing designed to suit heavier people.

    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 / square wrap 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.

    Pull on clothes

    Any type of clothes which is worn by pulling over the head, without any closures / openings. Pull on Bra


    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

    Push up Bras

    Bras designed with padded cups and underwire to cause the bust to push up enhancing the shape and size


    Trousers and top intended for sleeping in


    Clothing for women in China.

    Racer Back

    Straps will be meeting in a V shape on the back between the shoulder blades in this type of clothing.Racerback bras, Racerback swimwear

    Raccoon coat

    A full length voluminious fur coat made of Raccoon hide

    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


    Long scarf


    Close fitting double-breasted jacket made of heavy/thick material. 


    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 large loose fitting piece of garment, which 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


    This is a square cloak/wrap worn by throwing the front pieces over opposite shoulders.

    Running shorts

    These are sports shorts with an inner lining that acts as underwear – these are best for running as well as any workouts.

    Sack dress

    Loose fitting dress which slips over the head


    Short jackets for babies; they are fastened at the neck.

    Safari shirt

    Belted shirt with pleated pockets.

    Safari suit

    A suit with square cut jacket and trousers made in khakhi or cotton


    Loose pants popular in Indian subcontinent


    A 5 yard ( even up to 9 yard) of fabric typically worn by Indian girls draped around their body in a particular and  typical style


    Shirt or tunic.

    Sailor pants

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

    Sailor suit

    Popular boy’s pant and top set which resembles a Sailor’s costume


    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..


    Nonrelated clothing pieces which can be mixed and matched to each other


    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 active wear and girls’ clothing.

    Shape wear ( Waist nipper)

    A very close fitting undergarment worn from waist to below hips to give shape to that area.It is usually boned and or elasticized. Shape enhancer or shaper


    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.


    Short type of chinos


    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


    Tightfitting tank top. ALso called a vest in british english


    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. 


    A bikini with a skirt attached is called a skirtini

    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


    Wide legged pants in flowy fabrics that resemble skirts


    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


    This is a fabric piece worn around the shoulder and falls down the front of the body

    Stirrup pants

    A pant with a band /strap /elastic that goes across the foot holding the pants up

    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

    Summer Cardigan

    Cardiagn made of thin flowy fabric ( thin knits) meant to be worn during summertime


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


    A loose gown of calf length with wide sleeves worn by clergy over their clothing (choir gown)


    A belt combined with shoulder straps or braces. 


    A combination of sweater and jacket.


    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


    An Arabian  skullcap sometimes worn under the keffiyeh to keep it from slipping


    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.

    Thobe / Thawb (Dishdasha / Kandora)

    A thobe or Thwab is a long tunic worn by Arab men; It is usually ankle length and long sleeved and in white color. A pant is worn under the thobe ( or izaar /sirwal /lungi)

    Thigh high stockings

    Stockings that just reach the mid-thigh and are held up by bands around the top. It is usually worn with mini skirts.

    Thermal shirts

    A warmth giving t-shirt with a long sleeve – it is usually worn under t shirts


    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.A British term used for an athletic shoe used by sportsmen or for exercise it usually sports a sole of rubber ; also  called training shoes 


    Leggings made of a thicker fabric , made to look like trousers. They are tight fitting just like leggings

    Trench Coat

    A long single /double breasted 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.


    Umbrella term for clothes meant for a bride.

    Tubular Scarf (Circular scarf /snood)

    Similar to infinity scarf, this is a knit scarf worn around the neck; it can also be pulled over the hair and worn as a hood.

    Tucked in blouse

    A blouse with the hem tucked into the waistband of the shirt or pants.

    Tulip hemmed skirt

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

    Tummy shaper

    A shape wear clothing meant to flatten the abdominal area


    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

    Twin set

    This is set of open style cardigan and short sleeved jumper sweater worn by women. It is matching set 


    Loose and long overcoat made of heavy fabric; worn by men. Usually has a belt at the back.


    Clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing


    A distinctive clothing worn by members of a group as identification.

    Union suit

    A one piece undergarment covering the body and legs (has a shirt and drawers), worn by men and boys.


    A skin tight one piece garment with full sleeves and long legs.


    A piece of fabric worn by women to cover hair shoulders and sometimes the face; usually attached to a hat or headdress. worn for decoration during wedding and bridal party.


    A thin sleeveless upper body garment worn under jacket


    Underwear; Sleeveless underwear top worn for warmth


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


    Train falls from back yoke of dress

    Windsor Tie

    A broad neck tie tied into a bow.

    Wrap around skirt

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


    Shorts made in wool fabric usually paired with leggings as a winter wear

    Wind Pants

    Also called Splash pants or overtrousers. Pants made of very shiny lightweight synthetic material.

    Wrap coat

    A coat without closures ; one side of this coat overlaps the other and a belt is used to tie the coat at the waist

    Wylie coat

    Warm outer  garment ; a jacket with  tailored collar and long sleeves.It could have a fur inner lining or collar

    Yoga Pants

    Very formfitting pants made of a stretchy but soft matte fabric – best for workouts and yoga


    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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