A Selection of Phrases and Vocabulary in English for Clothing and Accessories

Regardless of where in the world you find yourself, something you’ll always need to use is clothing. Unless you live in a tribe in the middle of the jungle, where the dress code might be more relaxed or require few garments, dress will always be part of our day-to-day lives.

Do you know how to describe these clothes? Do you know how to talk about coats, trousers, and underclothes? If you don’t already know, you have a perfect reason to learn the vocabulary and the best phrases about clothing and accessories.


Winter Clothes

If you want to escape the cold you’ll have to use the following garments, which will no doubt protect you from the rain, snow, and low temperatures.

  • Anorak / windbreaker
  • Belt
  • Blazer
  • Blouse
  • Boots
  • Button
  • Cap
  • Cardigan
  • Coat
  • Dressing gown
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Hoodie / sweatshirt
  • Jacket
  • Jumper
  • Leggings
  • Overcoat
  • Pocket
  • Pullover
  • Raincoat
  • Scarf
  • Socks
  • Sweater
  • Sunglasses
  • Tracksuit
  • Tights
  • Trousers
  • Waistcoat
  • Umbrella
  • Zip

Next, we’ll share some expressions that will be very useful this time of the year:

  • It’s freaking cold! Could I borrow your jacket?
  • If you want to go outside, you’d better wear your gloves and a hat.
  • It looks like it’s going to rain outside. Take an umbrella and a raincoat. 
  • I need a warm coat.
  • This shirt is too light for today’s weather. I’ll wear a sweater!


Summer Clothes

After winter, people want to get out and enjoy the sun, the beach, nature and all the benefits of summer. Next, we’ll share vocabulary about summer clothes and accessories:

  • Shirt
  • Skirt
  • T-shirt
  • Shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirt
  • Light blouse
  • Sunglasses
  • Tank top 
  • Hawaiian t-shirt
  • Singlet
  • Swim trunks
  • Bikini
  • Swimming suit
  • Light dress
  • Hat
  • Cap
  • Polo shirt
  • Flip flops
  • Sandals

Now get to know some expressions about articles of clothing that you can use next summer:

  • It’s so hot right now! You should wear a light dress.
  • Put on your swimsuit and let’s go to the pool.
  • This skirt looks a bit messy on the side.
  • Do you have this shirt in another design?


Fabrics and types of designs

If you walk into a fabric store or clothes store, you should get to know some specific terms so you can accurately describe what you’re looking for. Here we’ll share the names of some fabrics and designs:

  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Wool
  • Canvas
  • Denim
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Suede
  • Synthetic fibre
  • Velvet
  • Checked
  • Solid
  • Spotted
  • Striped
  • Tartan
  • Floral



Most Used Verbs to Talk about Clothing

  • To get dressed
  • To get undressed
  • To get dressed up
  • To change
  • To match
  • To put on
  • To take off
  • To try on
  • To fit
  • To wear
  • To suit
  • To tie
  • To undo
  • To untie

Adjectives about Clothes

Use the following adjectives to describe clothing:

  • Baggy
  • Big
  • Casual
  • Cheap
  • Elegant
  • Expensive
  • Fashionable
  • Formal
  • Loose, sloppy
  • Ordinary
  • Unfashionable
  • Oversized
  • Shabby
  • Tight 


Phrases to Talk About Clothing

  • This dress is too big. Can I try a smaller size?
  • Do you also do tailoring?
  • This lingerie is pretty expensive. 
  • I would like to try these shoes in size 5.
  • This jacket doesn’t fit me well, it’s too tight!
  • Do you know where I can buy an umbrella?
  • I forgot my raincoat.
  • I’m looking for a pair of rain boots.

Are you ready to look for your favorite clothes?

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With our course, you can put into practice everything you’ve learned and be able to easily ask for your preferred clothing on your next visit to an English-speaking country, plus much more.


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