What is Clothing and What Are Clothes in Fashion?
The term ‘clothing’ originates from the Old English ‘clath’ – a cloth or woven fabric – and describes clothes worn on the body to fulfill practical, social, and psychological needs such as protection from elements, covering for modesty, or adorning.
Initially, the term clothing described clothes (garments) made of fabrics or textiles.
Over time, the term’s meaning expanded to include garments made from animal skins, rubber, latex, and artificial materials.
Popular clothing items or clothes in fashion include everyday T-shirts, pants, jeans, hoodies, dresses, jackets, coats, etc.
What is the Difference Between Clothing and Apparel?
Clothing is the plural of clothes and describes garments such as shirts, pants, dresses, jackets, and coats used to cover and protect the body.
On the other hand, the term Apparel refers to – apart from clothing – footwear and accessories like jewelry, glasses, and hats.
What is the Difference Between Clothing and Garment?
Clothing includes any clothes, while ‘Garment‘ describes a single piece of clothing, such as a dress, a pair of pants, a suit, a jacket, or a jumper.
In that sense, clothing and garments are similar.
What is the Difference Between Clothing and Outfit?
Unlike ‘Clothing,’ which means any garments used to cover, protect, and adorn the body, ‘Outfit‘ combines garments, footwear, and accessories intended to be worn together.
The garments, footwear, and accessories composing outfits are intentionally selected (curated) and assembled to depict a particular fashion style or way of dressing.
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