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It is worldwide known that the French are a synonym for fashion and style.
So, when you learn French, it is necessary to know words and phrases related to French clothing.
When you visit any of the French-speaking countries, especially France, one of the main conversations you will lead is surely about fashion and clothing.
Not only that it can be handy but also helps you improve your overall language skills by practicing to communicate with French tutors, improve your pronunciation and, of course, boost your vocabulary.
Here, we will provide you with the 60 most common words related to clothing and fashion.
Moreover, we've prepared the list of these words and phrases in a PDF file which you can download for free. Anytime you need it, you can take a look at the list.
And now let's dive in.
Learning and remembering words and phrases about clothing in French doesn't have to be boring. We have some ideas on how you might learn French clothing vocabulary the fun way.
Everyone knows that flashcards are an effective language learning tool because they help you memorize words and phrases easier and faster.
Make your own flashcards using the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. On one side of the paper write down the word or phrase and on the other the meaning in English, if you are a beginner, or an explanation if you are more intermediate proficiency level.
If you don't have time or will for it, you can always use flashcard apps. There are many great apps for your mobile device so you can use it wherever you go and whenever you want.
Learning French on your own can be hard at times but it also makes you creative.
In this case, for example, you can make the whole party out of learning clothing vocabulary.
Organize your own fashion week at home. Use your wardrobe to dress. Choose one style and pick several combinations. Describe what you are wearing, name the colors and part of the clothes you have on yourself.
Here's another idea: every week, write down some clothes on a piece of paper you will wear that week.
You can also add some accessories as well as explanations why you are choosing that outfit, which colors are more desirable, and how you feel about it.
Besides being fun, it is very practical because you learn new words and phrases and practice speaking skills, boost vocabulary, and expand your horizons.
As we've mentioned, the French is a synonym for style.
Therefore, another way to familiarize yourself with clothing vocabulary is by visiting French brands' websites.
This way, you will make learning more interesting.
‘Vêtement,’ ‘l’habit,’ or in slang ‘les fringues,’ it is not important which word you will use as long as you are familiar with its meaning ‘clothing.’
Besides this one, in the following lines, you will learn 60 more clothing-related words in French you can use in many different situations and one more topic to talk about with native speakers.
Women always have difficulties with what to wear. On the other hand, thanks to many similar top parts both men and women may have difficulties knowing the difference between some of the clothes.
We hope that the following names of the upper garments will be helpful in learning the nuances.
La chemise — shirt
Le chemisier- blouse
Le gilet- cardigan
Le pull — sweater
La robe — dress
Le tee-shirt — T-shirt
Many French words are used in English and vice versa.
The bottom parts of the clothes are one of them so you won't have difficulties remembering them.
Le jean — jeans
La jupe — skirt
La mini jupe- miniskirt
Le pantalon — pants/trousers
Le short — shorts
Le smoking- tuxedo
Le tailleur- suit
Le veston de sport- sport jacket
French vocabulary is full of outdoor clothing.
In the following lines, you can learn some of them.
L’anorak- ski jacket
Le blouson — jacket
Le chapeau — hat
Le coupe-vent- windbreaker
L’écharpe — scarf
Les gants — gloves
L’imperméable — raincoat
Le manteau — coat
La veste — sports coat/jacket
When we talk about underwear vocabulary, interestingly, in different parts of France you can come across to the French slang words for different types of underwear.
Some, however, are known and used everywhere.
Le caleçon — (men’s) underpants
La culotte — (women’s) panties
Les chaussettes — socks
Le maillot de corps- undershirt
Le pyjama — pajamas
Le slip — underwear
Le soutien-gorge — bra
If you want to be stylish and fashionable, accessories are an inevitable part, especially in the French world. No matter if you prefer ‘la montre’ (watch) or you would rather wear ‘le collier,’ (necklace) it is useful to know the terms in French.
La bague- ring
Le bandeau- headband
Les boucles dćoreille- earrings
Le bracelet- bracelet
La brosse à cheveux- hairbrush
Le collier- necklace
La cravate — tie
La ceinture — belt
Les lunettes- glasses
Les lunettes de soleil- sunglasses
La montre- watch
Le noeud papillon- bow tie
Le parapluie- umbrella
Le peigne- comb
Le perruque- wig
As for the shoes, just like in English you would use the word for shoes in general, in French is ‘les chaussures,’ but if you want to be more specific, you can use some of the following words.
Les baskets — sneakers
Les bottes — boots
Les chaussures à hauts talons- high-heeled shoes
Les pantoufles — slippers
Les sandales- sandals
Les tennis- sneakers
Les tongs- flip flops
And now the only thing that remains is to take some time to study these words, learn to pronounce them correctly, and use them in particular situations.
In the meantime, don’t forget to download the List of French Clothing Words so that you can have access anytime and anywhere.
Use Flashcards, Organize Fashion Week at Home, Visit French Clothing Websites And Brands
Vêtement Supérieur (Upper Garment), Les Pantalons et Les Jupes (Pants And Skirts), Vêtements de Plein Air (Outdoor Clothing), Sous-vêtement (Underwear)
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