Clothing That Starts With Each Letter: 291 Garments from A to Z (2024)

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Activity: Discovering International Fashion

Each year, people worldwide use an estimated 80 billion pieces of clothing! Our clothing use has increased 400% in the past two decades.[1]

While not everyone is interested in fashion, clothing undoubtedly plays a very important role in our lives. It can give us a greater sense of identity, and on a more essential level, can protect us from things like sun exposure and cold weather.

New styles emerge and trends change every year, but some clothing staples have stood the test of history — like the skirt, which is thought to be the second-oldest garment ever created![2]

Below, we list the clothing that starts with each letter, A to Z. Scroll past the list for an activity to help you find more unique options!

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  1. Ankle socks
    short sock that ends just at the ankle
  2. Anorak
    waterproof, hooded jacket
  3. Angora sweater
    sweater made from the hair of an angora goat or rabbit
  4. Afghan shawl
    knitted or crocheted shawl
  5. Apron
    a protective garment that covers the front of your clothes while cooking, painting, or doing other potentially messy tasks
  6. Ascot
    men’s silk necktie
  7. Argyle sweater
    sweater with a pattern of diamonds in various colors
  8. Art smock
    loose dress or blouse that covers your clothes while working on art projects like painting
  9. A-line dress
    a dress with a hem wider than its shoulders
  10. Anklewarmers
    tubular knitted garments that cover the ankles for extra warmth
  11. Athletic shorts
    sweat-wicking shorts designed for workouts and sports
  12. A-line skirt
    a skirt that’s fitted at the hip and gets wider toward the hem
  13. Air Jordans
    a popular style of Nike sneaker
  14. Abaya
    traditional full-length garment worn by some Muslim women
  15. Arm warmer
    knitted sleeves worn on the arms
  16. Almond-toe shoe
    a shoe with a toe that isn’t too pointed, rounded, or square


  1. Beret
    a felt or cloth cap with a round band and flattish top
  2. Brassiere
    undergarment that covers the chest
  3. Bell bottoms
    pants with legs that flare widely below the knee
  4. Boots
    sturdy footwear that covers the foot and ankle
  5. Bloomers
    old-fashioned, loose-fitting underpants
  6. Baseball tee
    three-quarter-sleeve shirt with sleeves in a different color than the body
  7. Ball gown
    full-length dress worn to formal events
  8. Belt
    a strap with a buckle worn around the waist
  9. Bermuda shorts
    knee-length shorts
  10. Blazer
    lightweight jacket
  11. Bathrobe
    a terry cloth robe worn before and after bathing
  12. Beanie
    a close-fitting hat
  13. Boat shoes
    flat canvas or leather shoes designed not to slip on boat decks
  14. Baseball cap
    a hat with a large visor and adjustable band
  15. Bikini
    two-piece women’s swimsuit
  16. Blouse
    a shirt with a collar, buttons, and sleeves
  17. Bathing suit
    garment worn while swimming
  18. Boxer shorts
    loose-fitting men’s underpants that look similar to shorts
  19. Balaclava
    close-fitting garment for cold weather that covers the whole head and neck except for the eyes
  20. Briefs
    close-fitting underpants
  21. Bustier top
    close-fitting and structured strapless women’s top
  22. Bowtie
    necktie tied in the shape of a bow
  23. Boubou
    long, colorful garment worn by men and women in countries including Nigeria and Senegal
  24. Bodysuit
    one-piece, close-fitting stretch garment
  25. Batwing top
    a top with wing-like, wide sleeves
  26. Bolero
    a short, open jacket
  27. Bustle
    padding or framing worn under a skirt to puff it out
  28. Bias-cut dress
    a dress cut diagonally across the grain


  1. Cardigan
    a long-sleeved knit sweater, typically with buttons or other closures on the front
  2. Coat
    long-sleeved outerwear worn outdoors in cold weather
  3. Corduroys
    pants made of thick, velvety cotton fabric
  4. Coveralls
    one-piece garment that covers a person’s clothes when doing manual work, such as mechanic work
  5. Cloak
    loose-fitting, sleeveless robe with a hood worn outdoors in cold weather
  6. Clogs
    shoes with thick, wooden soles
  7. Camisole
    sleeveless top with shoulder straps and decorative trim
  8. Capri pants
    fitted, calf-length pants
  9. Crop top
    t-shirt, tank top, sweater, or sweatshirt cut so the bottom hem falls between the chest and stomach
  10. Corset
    tight-fitting, structured undergarment
  11. Chaps
    leather pants with no seat worn by ranchers and cowboys
  12. cumme*rbund
    a sash worn around the waist with a men’s suit
  13. Cowl neck sweater
    neckline with draped fabric that hangs in folds


  1. Dinner jacket
    short, formal jacket for men with no tails
  2. Denim jacket
    jacket made of blue jean fabric
  3. Denim skirt
    skirt made of blue jean fabric
  4. Dungarees
    blue denim overalls
  5. Dress
    one-piece women’s garment that covers the torso and extends down the legs
  6. Dress shirt
    formal white shirt
  7. Denim shorts
    shorts made of blue jean fabric
  8. Down jacket
    puffer jacket filled with down (feathers) for warmth
  9. Dashiki
    loose, brightly-colored tunic originating in West Africa
  10. Dressing gown
    loose robe worn while preparing to dress in the morning
  11. Dolman top
    women’s shirt with wide sleeves
  12. Dirndl
    dress with a bodice and full skirt worn in southern Germany


  1. Earmuffs
    headband with attached ear coverings
  2. Embroidered top
    shirt with decorative, sewn-on thread patterns
  3. Espadrilles
    canvas shoe with a fiber sole
  4. Eyelet top
    shirt with a pattern of small, round holes around the hems
  5. Eyelet dress
    dress with a pattern of small, round holes around the hems
  6. Empire-waist dress
    a dress with a fitted bodice that drapes out under the bustline


  1. Fatigues
    khaki, olive, or camouflaged outfit worn by soldiers
  2. Fur coat
    coat made of real or synthetic animal fur
  3. Flannel shirt
    long-sleeved wool or cotton button-up shirt, usually with a plaid pattern
  4. Fedora
    felt hat with a creased crown and curled brim
  5. Fingerless gloves
    gloves with no fingertips
  6. Felt hat
    hat made of felt material
  7. Fleece jacket
    light jacket made of soft fabric with a texture similar to sheep’s wool
  8. Flannel jacket
    jacket made of soft, woven fabric
  9. Flip flops
    plastic or rubber sandals with a strap between the big toe and second toe


  1. Golf shoes
    waterproof leather shoes with sole spikes
  2. Galoshes
    waterproof shoe coverings for rainy days
  3. Girdle
    tight-fitting support garment worn around the waist
  4. Gym shorts
    breathable, sweat-wicking shorts designed for exercise
  5. Gloves
    hand coverings that protect against dirt or cold
  6. Gaucho pants
    calf-length, wide-legged trousers
  7. Gown
    long, formal dress, usually with a flowing skirt and fitted bodice


  1. Hightops
    sneakers with high sides that cover the ankle
  2. Hoodie
    hooded sweatshirt
  3. Hosiery
    stockings, socks, and tights
  4. Heels
    shoes that are raised at the back of the foot
  5. Hotpants
    close-fitted short shorts
  6. Herringbone jacket
    classic British jacket with a herringbone print
  7. Hawaiian shirt
    short-sleeved button-up top with a colorful floral print
  8. Hoop skirt
    a skirt worn over support hoops for a voluminous look
  9. Halter top
    sleeveless shirt with straps that tie behind the neck
  10. Herringbone dress
    dress made from herringbone-print fabric
  11. Housecoat
    loose, lightweight robe to wear around the house
  12. Hanbok
    traditional Korean clothing
  13. Hobble skirt
    long skirt that tapers below the knee
  14. Herringbone skirt
    skirt made from herringbone-print fabric
  15. Handkerchief hem dress
    dress with an uneven hem made from triangular panels of fabric
  16. Herringbone pants
    pants made from herringbone-print fabric
  17. Harem pants
    loose-fitting pants that gather at the ankle
  18. Handkerchief hem skirt
    skirt made from panels of fabric that fall in triangular points
  19. H-line dress
    has a straight silhouette with a slight accent at the waist


  1. Inverness
    sleeveless cloak with a removable cape
  2. Irish linen shirt
    shirt made of high-count linen produced in Ireland
  3. Irrigation boots
    waterproof rubber boots
  4. In-line skates
    roller skates with multiple wheels placed in a line on the middle of the sole
  5. Izar
    garment worn by some Muslim women that covers the whole body
  6. Ice skates
    skating boot with a blade attached to the bottom
  7. Ihram clothing
    garments worn by Muslim people during pilgrimages


  1. Jeans
    denim pants
  2. Jumper
    can refer to a sweater or a collarless, sleeveless dress
  3. Jean jacket
    denim outerwear
  4. Jellies
    shoes made of PVC plastic
  5. Joggers
    stretchy, breathable pants designed for jogging
  6. Jumpsuit
    one-piece garment of an attached top and trousers
  7. Jodhpurs
    close-fitting pants designed for horseback riding
  8. Jersey
    uniform shirts worn in competitive sports like football and hockey
  9. Jogging suit
    loose shirt and sweatpants worn while exercising
  10. Jacket
    long-sleeved outerwear for cool or cold weather


  1. Kimono
    long-loose robe with wide sleeves originating from Japan
  2. Knee socks
    socks that extend above the ankle to cover the calf
  3. Knit sweater
    sweater made from interlocking loops of wool or yarn
  4. Kurta
    loose, collarless shirt worn in South Asia
  5. Kaftan
    can refer to a long shirt/tunic or a long, loose dress
  6. Kameez
    long tunic originating from India
  7. Knit scarf
    scarf made by interlocking loops of yarn together
  8. Kilt
    pleated, knee-length tartan garment traditionally worn by Scottish men
  9. Knickerbockers
    pants rolled up to just below the knee
  10. Keyhole top
    shirt with a cutaway just below the collarbone


  1. Leather jacket
    jacket made from tanned animal hide
  2. Leather pants
    pants made from tanned animal hide
  3. Lace top
    shirt with embellishments of lace
  4. Leggings
    soft, fitted pants made from a stretch material
  5. Leotard
    stretchy one-piece garment that covers the body from the shoulders to the top of the thighs; often worn by dancers
  6. Lingerie
    women’s intimate apparel
  7. Lettuce hem top
    skirt with frills around the neckline, sleeves, and/or bottom hem
  8. Lace dress
    dress with a lace overlay or embellishments
  9. Loafers
    shoe with a low, flat heel
  10. Legwarmers
    tubular garment that covers the leg from the ankle to the knee
  11. Lettuce hem skirt
    skirt with a frilled hem at the bottom
  12. Lace skirt
    skirt with a lace overlay or embellishments


  1. Minidress
    dress with a hemline above the knees
  2. Mock neck shirt
    shirt with a collar that covers most of the neck, but not as much as a turtleneck
  3. Moccasins
    soft, flat slipper-style shoe originating among the North American tribes
  4. Miniskirt
    skirt with a hemline above the knees
  5. Mittens
    warm hand covering split into two sections for the thumb and the other four fingers
  6. Midriff top
    short top that exposes the stomach
  7. Mary Janes
    flat, round-toed shoe with a strap across the top of the foot
  8. Micromini skirt
    very short skirt
  9. Maxi dress
    ankle-length dress
  10. Macrame vest
    vest made from cords knotted into decorative patterns
  11. Midi skirt
    calf-length skirt
  12. Mules
    backless shoe
  13. Muff
    tube made of fur or fabric designed to keep the hands warm
  14. Maxi skirt
    skirt that reaches the ankle
  15. Midi dress
    dress with a calf-length hem
  16. Mermaid dress
    close-fitted formal dress that flares out at or below the knee


  1. Nightgown
    loose, long garment worn in bed
  2. Negligee
    dressing gown made from thin, soft fabric
  3. Nightshirt
    long, loose shirt worn in bed


  1. Overshirt
    pullover shirt worn over another shirt
  2. Oxford shirt
    button-up dress shirt made from Oxford cloth
  3. Oxford shoes
    lace-up shoes with a low heel
  4. Overalls
    trousers with an attached front flap and shoulder straps
  5. Overcoat
    long, warm coat worn over clothing
  6. Overskirt
    outer skirt worn over other layers of skirt or dress
  7. Open cardigan
    a cardigan sweater with no buttons or fasteners down the front


  1. Pajamas
    clothes to wear in bed
  2. Polo shirt
    short-sleeved, casual shirt with a collar and buttoned neckline
  3. Pumps
    high-heeled shoe with a low-cut front
  4. Petticoat
    underskirt, often with lace or ruffles, that adds volume to a skirt or dress
  5. Parka
    windproof, often fur-lined jacket designed for cold weather
  6. Pullover
    garment (often a sweater) that you put on by pulling it over the head
  7. Pinafore
    similar to an apron, but usually worn over a dress specifically
  8. Palazzo pants
    loose, wide-leg women’s pants
  9. Poncho
    loose-fitting, blanket-like cloak
  10. Pants
  11. Peplum top
    shirt with a gathered and flared strip of fabric at the waist
  12. Poodle skirt
    long, full skirt with an applique of a poodle popularized in the 1950s
  13. Pashmina
    shawl made from fine goat wool
  14. Playsuit
    one-piece garment worn by babies and children that covers the whole body
  15. Peter Pan blouse
    blouse featuring a flat collar with rounded corners
  16. Peplum dress
    dress with a flared strip of fabric attached at the waist
  17. Pleated skirt
    skirt with vertical pressed creases in the fabric
  18. Pleated pants
    pants with pressed folds on the front
  19. Pinstripe suit
    suit printed with very thin vertical stripes
  20. Patchwork coat
    coat made by sewing together small pieces of cloth in various colors and patterns
  21. Puffer jacket
    waist- or hip-length coat made of puffy, insulated material for warmth


  1. Quilted jacket
    insulated jacket with stitching, usually in a diamond pattern
  2. Quick-dry athleticwear
    sweat-resistant pants, shorts, and shirts designed for working out
  3. Quarter strap shoes
    women’s shoes with an ankle strap
  4. Quad skates
    roller skates with two front and two back wheels


  1. Raincoat
    long, waterproof coat
  2. Running shorts
    short, breathable shorts designed to allow ease of movement for runners
  3. Ruched top
    shirt with the fabric gathered along the seam(s)
  4. Robe
    long, loose garment with a tie at the waist
  5. Rainboots
    waterproof boots
  6. Riding pants
    pants that fit wide in the thighs and tight in the calves, with reinforced fabric along the inseam
  7. Romper
    similar to a jumpsuit but with attached shorts rather than pants
  8. Raglan top
    shirt with a sleeve that starts at the collar rather than the shoulder
  9. Ruched skirt
    skirt with gathered fabric on the sides


  1. Shrug
    cropped top similar to a cardigan, but covering less of the body
  2. Smock
    loose dress or shirt with the fabric gathered at the top
  3. Sandals
    light, warm-weather shoe with straps that hold the sole to the foot
  4. Skirt
    garment that fastens around the waist and hangs down around the legs
  5. Shorts
    short pants that reach no longer than the knees
  6. Scarf
    length of fabric worn around the neck for decoration or extra warmth
  7. Suit
    trouser, jacket, and shirt set intended to be worn together
  8. Singlet
    sleeveless shirt worn under or in place of a shirt
  9. Socks
    garment that covers the foot and part of the leg
  10. Sundress
    lightweight sleeveless dress with thin shoulder straps
  11. Slacks
    casual trousers
  12. Sarong
    cloth wrap to cover the body; often paired with a swimsuit
  13. Sweater
    knitted long-sleeve shirt worn during the colder seasons
  14. Sweatsuit
    matching sweatshirt and sweatpant set
  15. Sweatshirt
    loose, thick, long-sleeved shirt worn for leisure or exercise
  16. Sweatpants
    loose, warm pants with an elastic or drawstring waist, worn for exercising or lounging
  17. Sheath dress
    close-fitting dress
  18. Swimsuit
    water-resistant garment designed for swimming
  19. Slippers
    soft, comfortable slip-on shoes to wear around the house
  20. Stockings
    nylon or silk coverings for the leg and foot
  21. Sunhat
    wide-brimmed hat to protect the head and neck from sun exposure
  22. Suspenders
    shoulder straps that fasten to the waistband of pants to hold them up
  23. Shift dress
    a dress that hangs straight down from the shoulders rather than tapering in at the waist
  24. Shawl
    large square or rectangular piece of fabric worn over the shoulders
  25. Shirt
    garment that covers the upper body
  26. Swimming trunks
    shorts designed for swimming
  27. Sweetheart top
    shirt with a curved neckline shaped like the top of a heart
  28. Stiletto heels
    shoe with a thin, tall heel
  29. Seersucker suit
    suit made from thin, puckered fabric with narrow stripes
  30. Shalwar
    lightweight, loose South Asian trousers usually worn with a kameez
  31. Sari
    South Asian draped garment made of cotton or silk
  32. Serape
    striped blanket or shawl originating in Latin America


  1. Tank top
    sleeveless shirt
  2. Tutu
    fitted bodice and short, full skirt worn by a ballet dancer
  3. Tunic
    long, loose shirt
  4. Twinset
    matching pullover and cardigan
  5. T-shir
    short-sleeved casual top that has a “T” shape when spread out flat
  6. Toga
    draped, flowing dress typically covering the whole body aside from the right arm
  7. Toe socks
    socks with individual segments for each toe
  8. Tube top
    strapless top made from stretchy material
  9. Trousers
  10. Tie-dye t-shirt
    shirt dyed by tying parts of it to create colorful patterns in the dye
  11. Tracksuit
    sweatshirt or thin jacket and pants to wear while exercising
  12. Tie
    fabric worn around the collar with a knot tied at the front
  13. Turtleneck
    garment with a high and tight collar that covers the neck
  14. Trapeze dress
    dress that gets wider toward the waist and legs


  1. Undergarments
    garments worn beneath other clothes, such as undershirts and underwear
  2. Undershirt
    thin shirt worn under other shirts for extra warmth or to protect the overshirt from sweat
  3. Uniform
    clothing worn by members of the same organization or profession, such as airline pilot uniforms
  4. Unitard
    one-piece, stretchy garment that covers the body from the neck to knees or feet


  1. Vest
    sleeveless, waist-length garment with buttons on the front; usually layered with a shirt and/or jacket
  2. Velvet dress
    dress made of velvet fabric, which is closely woven and has a thick, short pile
  3. V-neck t-shirt
    shirt with a pointed neckline shaped like the letter “V”
  4. Visor
    style of hat with a stiff brim but no head covering
  5. Vegan leather jacket
    jacket made from faux leather material
  6. Vegan leather shoes
    boots, dress shoes, or sandals made from faux leather
  7. Vegan leather belt
    belt made from faux leather material
  8. Vintage
    clothing produced in previous decades


  1. Wellies
    Wellington waterproof boots
  2. Wedding gown
    formal gown worn by a bride
  3. Waistcoat
    vest worn over a shirt and under a jacket
  4. Wetsuit
    tight-fitting, water-resistant garment designed for diving, surfing, and other water sports
  5. Woven top
    shirt made of fabric that is woven rather than knit or sewn
  6. Wrap dress
    dress that closes by wrapping one side over the other and tying it
  7. Wool hat
    hat made of wool material
  8. Wool scarf
    scarf made of wool material
  9. Wool sweater
    sweater made of wool material
  10. Wedge boots
    boots with a solid sole that forms a wedge shape
  11. Wedge sandals
    sandals with a solid sole that forms a wedge shape
  12. Western boots
    cowboy boots
  13. Westernwear
    traditional clothing inspired by the styles of the Western U.S. in the 19th century
  14. Wide-calf boots
    boots that are extra wide in the calf for larger legs
  15. Work boots
    heavy-duty, protective boots
  16. Wife beater
    sleeveless undershirt
  17. Wing collared shirt
    shirt featuring a high, stiff collar with the top corners turned down


  1. X-line dress
    dress with a fitted waist and full shoulders, creating an hourglass shape


  1. Yoga pants
    stretchy athletic pants
  2. Yarmulke
    skullcap worn by Jewish men


  1. Zoot suit
    men’s suit with a loose jacket and high-waisted trousers popularized in the 1940s
  2. Zip-off pants
    convertible pants that zip off at the knee to create shorts
  3. Zip-up hoodie
    hoodie that has a zipper rather than being a pullover

Activity: Discovering International Fashion

While our list above covers a wide variety of clothing types, there are plenty more that are unique to different countries and regions throughout the world.

Complete the following activity to find out more about international clothing styles and the unique, beautiful garments people have worn worldwide and throughout history!

  • Step 1: Choose a country.
    You can choose your own if you’d like to dig into history, but it’s even more interesting to choose a country where you’re unfamiliar with the culture!
  • Step 2: Choose a time period.
    Are you curious about what people are wearing now in the country you chose, or would you prefer to see what they were wearing decades or centuries ago?
  • Step 3: Search for styles.
    The search terms “[country name]” + “[time period]” + “fashion,” “traditional clothing,” or “clothing” should bring up plenty of results. For example, a search of “Poland 1970s fashion” brings up articles on fashion in Poland after World War II and Poland’s popular culture in the 1970s and 1980s. Likewise, “Japan 1700s traditional clothing” brings up great resources on the history of the kimono and other garments.
  • Step 4: Explore neighboring countries.
    Some fashion trends emerge from necessity — for example, wearing warmer clothes if you live in a cold-weather climate! You might find it enlightening to see the trends and styles that were prominent in countries or regions nearby your original choice. What commonalities and differences do you notice? Do the silhouettes, fabrics, patterns, or colors vary between the countries?
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