When planning your wardrobe, it helps to coordinate and accessorize everything from head-to-toe. Here's a great checklist of all the different types of clothing for women and men. This is your apparel planning starting point.
A person’s clothing style is the one thing that can tell a lot about them in just a glance! In other words, how you dress and what you wear says a lot about your personality.
According to Forbes, it takes seven seconds for a person to create an impression on another. One of the first few things that are taken into consideration in these few seconds is the clothes the person is wearing. In fact, it is the first thing that most people notice when meeting someone for the first time. Therefore there is no doubt that the way you dress can leave a strong impression on others.
Moreover, wrapping yourself up in comfy and stylish clothes of your liking not only leaves a lasting impression on people but it can also play an important part in making you feel good about yourself, leaving you confident and generally happy! This makes it utterly important to bring up your dressing game and tweak up your wardrobe a little. Scroll down to read about all the different types of clothing that you can add to your wardrobe to feel like a fashion fiesta and to make sure you have appropriate clothes for every occasion!
Since it’s “head-to-toe”, we start with headgear and work our way down.
Also known as headwear, headgear can be defined as the items of clothing that are worn on the head. When it comes to dressing, it is easy to neglect the importance of headgear. However, no one can deny that headgear is one of the easiest ways to make a fashion statement! It’s time we start giving headgear its fair share of attention.
Caps and Hats
Caps and hats are the first things that come to mind when talking about headgear. These headgears are popular all around the world. Most of the time, this type of headwear is considered to be an accessory. It is common to see people wearing beach hats on the beach or enjoying their time in parks or tracks wearing baseball caps. If you really want to take your fashion game to the next level, here’s a list of types of caps and hats that can help you stand out from the crowd.
- Baseball caps
- Bucket hat
- Bobbler hat
- Cowboy hat
- Sailor’s hat
Keep in mind that owing to the number of styles of caps and hats available in the market, it can be overwhelming to select just one! This means you need to be smart while purchasing a hat or a cap. Choose the ones you like the most!
Are you tired of brushing away your hair out of your eyes? Here’s a simple solution for you – just get a headband! It is a clothing accessory that is worn in the hair or around the forehead to keep perspiration and hair off your face. Since headbands add a chic touch to your overall appearance, you can also wear them for the mere purpose of making a fashion statement!
Head Tie / Scarves
Wearing a head tie or headscarf is common in many cultures around the world. However, most people wear them as a head clothing accessory. In fact, at one time, headscarves were a famous royal accessory. You can still find photographs of Queen Elizabeth rocking the chic look in her floral scarves.
Regular garments include the everyday clothes that you wear over your innerwear. Whether you are a fashion fiesta or prefer comfort over style, tweaking up your regular garments can be a game-changer for you! Have a look at the different types of regular clothing to find out what your wardrobe is missing.
As the name suggests, tops are the clothes that usually cover the upper body. However, to pass as a top, the clothing item must cover at least the chest. This means that the bottom of a Top can be as short as mid-torso or go all the way down to your thighs.
Shirts were originally worn by men as undergarments. Today, it is a broad term that encompasses various styles for upper body wear. Shirts generally go down till the waist. There are different types of shirts. For example, dress shirts generally have a vertical row of buttons in the middle, a collar and sleeves with cuff. In a formal setting, you can wear your shirt with a necktie to complete your look! On the other hand, styles like Polo shirts usually have just a few buttons and half sleeves. Tees or T-shirts are also extremely popular. They are called “Tees” because of the T-shape of their body and sleeves. Traditionally, these shirts have short sleeves and a crew neck or V-neck.
Crop tops are usually worn by women. Generally classified as casual wear, crop tops are short-sleeved or sleeveless tops that only cover half the torso, revealing the stomach. Owing to their stylish look, crop tops are fairly famous among the young generations.
Traditionally, sweaters are knitted garments that cover the upper body. They are not only stylish but also work to keep you warm and cozy during the winter seasons. Keep in mind that while most sweaters are pullovers and come in long sleeves, designers love to experiment with sweaters so you may find them in a number of styles!
Blouse generally refers to a women’s shirt that “blouses” over the body. Traditional blouses are loose-fitting shirts that loosely hang on the body but gather tightly around the waist. While you can wear a blouse over any sort of bottoms, skirt and blouse make an iconic combo.
The tube top is exactly what the name suggests. It is a kind of upper body covering with no sleeves or shoulders. Basically, it is just a tube of cloth that wraps around the torso. It is a famous style of tops for women and is usually worn by young girls all around the globe. Tube tops are typically tight over the breast and have strings or elastic at the top and bottom in order to keep it from falling.
In the realm of fashion and clothing, “bottoms” is a broad term that encompasses all the regular clothing items that cover the lower body. Naturally, there are different types of bottoms that you can match to wear with various tops.
Pants / Trousers
This clothing item does not need an introduction. We all know that pants and trousers cover the lower part of the body from waist till ankles. Unlike some other bottoms, they cover both legs separately. It won’t be wrong to say that pants/ trousers are the most widely worn clothing bottoms in the world!
Skirts are created to cover the body from the waist downwards. Depending on the style of the skirt, the hem can be long enough to reach your toes or reach only mid-thigh. Skirts are generally super cute and famous among women of all ages. However, many designers like Paul Jean and Marc Jacobs have shown a light on men’s skirts as well.
Have you ever wondered why shorts are called “shorts”? Well, it’s because they are a shorter version of trousers! They cover from the waist downwards, just like trousers. However, they do not extend down all the way to the ankles. Some shorts cover only the upper part of the legs while others may cover till knees.
Sarong is simply a long piece of fabric that is tied around the waist to cover the lower body. While it is common in a number of cultures around the world, it is equally famous in the world of fashion. There is a lot you can do with a sarong! You can get them in a number of colors and designs and there are multiple chic ways to tie it.
Tights and Leggings
The words legging and tights are often used interchangeably. They are both types of leg coverings that usually a little elastic and close-fitting, tightly covering the legs. However, while leggings extend down to the ankles of the wearer, tights sheath the body from waist to tiptoes!
Socks are clothing items for your feet. They not only keep you warm and cozy but are also used as sweat absorbers, especially when you wear closed shoes. They come in a number of styles, varying in length.
Full Body Wear
Any clothing item that does the job of a top, as well as bottoms, can be considered as full-body wear.
Dresses / Gowns
While dresses and gowns are essentially the same, gowns are usually full-length and are a bit more formal than dresses. Other than this minute difference, both of them include a bodice that covers the torso and extends down to hang over the legs of the wearer.
Activewear, also known as sportswear, includes all clothing items that are worn while exercising or indulging in sports. Whether you are into swimming, skiing, gymnastics, or simply running, it always pays off to have the right clothes! Here are a few types of activewear.
- Ski suits
- Onesies / Jumpsuits
Onesie is a one-piece clothing item that covers the entire body. In simple words, you can imagine onesies as a garment that combines the top and bottom by stitching them together! It was initially famous as loungewear or sleepwear. However, it is readily gaining popularity as street fashion as well.
If you are looking for a cute combination of shorts and a shirt, a romper is for you! It is the perfect choice to add a little funk to your wardrobe.
As the name suggests, outerwear is clothing that is designed to be worn outside or over regular garments. The best part about outerwear is that they not only keep you cozy during winter but they also look incredibly good and add character to your overall dressing.
With long sleeves and open down the front, coats are as functional as they are fashionable. It won’t be a stretch to say that coats stay never out of fashion. Over the years, the British warm coat evolved into the following types.
- Chesterfield Coat
- Covert Coat
- Duffel Coat
- Pea Coat
- Trench Coat
Jackets and Hoodies
Jackets and hoodies perform the same function. They keep you warm in winters! Both clothing items are mid-length, covering the upper body. However, hoodies come with a hood, and jackets come without one.
Vest / Waistcoat
Vests or waistcoats are more formal garments. They are generally worn over a dress shirt. Don’t forget to wear a tie to complete your look!
Robes and Cloaks
Typically loose-fitting and lightweight, robes and cloaks are outerwear that can be fully opened up at the front. You may already have a bathrobe in your house! Also, they are commonly worn as graduation gowns. However, it can be fun to wear them out of these traditional settings!
Ponchos have been used by people all over the world for centuries. However, nowadays, it is back in fashion with a full force. The garment is outerwear that has been designed to keep you worn. It hangs loosely around the body and may or may not have sleeves.
Scarves and Shawls
Scarves are a form of famous outerwear and fashion accessories. On the other hand, a shawl is an equally fashionable rectangular piece of cloth that can be draped around the shoulders to stay warm and make the wearer look chic!
Windbreaker, also known as a windcheater, is a sort of jacket. However, it is specially designed to resist wind and slight rain, keeping you warm and dry during those chilly winters and rainy seasons.
There are gloves for many different activities and purposes. There are everyday gloves, ski gloves, and then a variety of gloves for various activities. We put together extensive glove guides for men and women.
As it is obvious by the name, innerwear includes garments that are worn beneath the regular clothes. They come in various styles and are worn for multiple purposes.
Long / Thermal Underwear
Thermal underwear, also known as long underwear, is a two-piece undergarment consisting of a long-sleeved shirt and close-fitting trousers/leggings. They are worn underneath regular clothing to keep you warm.
A tank top is simply a sleeveless shirt with wide cuts for sleeves. While it is usually worn as an undergarment, a lot of people use it as casual wear as well. This is because a tank top can double as a sleeveless shirt! Tank tops come in a variety of styles and are equally famous among men and women. Depending on the style, they can be worn by both genders. Here are a few popular types of tank tops.
- Halter Top
- Muscle Shirt
Underwear / Underpants
Underwear or underpants are an important part of menswear. Most guys own a number of them. However, did you know that they are available in a number of styles? It’s up to you to figure out which styles make you feel the most comfortable and suit you the best. Here’s a list of some of the more popular types of underwear/underpants for men.
- Boxers Briefs
- Men’s bikini bottoms
G-strings (yes, they are not only for the ladies!)
Lingerie is an important part of women’s clothing. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that it is just as important as regular clothes and outerwear. From taking comfort to the next level to spicing things up in the bedroom, women’s lingerie has a number of functions. Naturally, it comes in a number of styles and literally thousands of designs.
Designed to provide support to a woman’s breasts, bras are all about comfort. In order to pick the bra, make sure you know your size and preference. Do you ever avoid wearing certain types of dresses because you can’t find the perfect bra to go with it? Luckily, women’s bras come in a wide variety. Choose whatever style you like the most. Here’s a list of some bras that every woman should own.
- Padded Bra
- T-Shirt Bra
- Convertible Bra
- Strapless Bra
- Balconette Bra
- Bandeau Bra
- Plunge Bra
- Stick-On Bra
- Sports Bra
- Long Line Bra
- Cage Bra
Apart from these styles, depending on the purpose of the bra, some other designs are also available in the market. Here are a few examples.
- No-Sag Bra
- Mastectomy Bra
- Maternity Bra
- Minimizer Bra
Corsets and Body Shapers
Corsets and body shapers are undergarments that are worn to keep your body in shape. While they are not the most comfortable clothing items to wear, they can surely help you maintain a killer figure! They can also help you improve your posture. Keep in mind that some people wear them for medical purposes as well.
Slips, also known as petticoats, are generally worn under skirts and dresses. Wearing a slip will not only help your dress or skirt in hanging beautifully, but it also keeps your skin from chafing against coarse fabrics. It can also be worn to prevent the show through of undergarments. On the other hand, some women wear them for staying warm. In short, slips are truly multipurpose.
Panties are an essential part of women’s wear. While you probably own a ton of them, are you sure you have the right kind of panties? The mere number of styles of women’s underpants/ panties is surprising. Here’s a list of some of the more popular types. Choose the ones you like the best!
- Boy Shorts
- Classic briefs
- French cut panties
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- Brazilian Briefs
- Adhesive panties
- Garter Panty
- Control briefs
- Seamless panties
- String bikini
- Butt Lifter
Now that you know all about different types of clothing, are you ready to revamp your wardrobe? Remember, style and fashion are all about versatility. If you really want to level up your fashion game, it is time you step out of your comfort zone and try all different types of clothing!
We put together extensive sock guides for men and women.
There is a lot of different footwear options for men and women.
The first classifications are:
- Women’s footwear
- Men’s footwear
- Unisex footwear
After that, there are shoes, boots, summer footwear. You also have to consider purpose, function, style, material, and length. In other words, there’s a lot that goes into footwear options.