French Clothing Vocabulary

French clothing vocabularyIf you’re traveling in France it’s very likely that you’ll have to buy or replace an article of clothing. On this page you’ll find a master list for French clothing words. We’ve broken the list down into several categories including men’s and women’s clothes, clothes for men and women only, accessories, materials and useful verbs.

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Men’s and women’s clothing

  • anorak un anorak
  • socks des chaussettes
  • bathing suit un maillot de bains
  • sweater un pull, un pullover
  • bathrobe un peignoire
  • sweater un chandail
  • cardigan un cardigan
  • sweatshirt un sweatshirt
  • coat un manteau
  • T-Shirt un tee-shirt
  • jeans des jeans
  • tracksuit un survêtement
  • overalls une salopette
  • turtleneck sweater un pul à col roulé
  • overcoat un pardessus
  • undershirt un maillot de corps
  • pants, trousers un pantelon
  • v-neck sweater un pul à col V
  • pyjamas un pyjama
  • vest un gilet
  • raincoat un imperméable
  • shirt une chemise
  • shorts un short
  • jacket un blouson

Women’s clothing

  • blouse un chemisier
  • jersey un tricot
  • bra un soutien-gorge
  • nighdress une chemise de nuit
  • dress une robe
  • panties un slip
  • dressing gown un peignoir
  • panty girdle une gaine-culotte
  • evening gown une robe du soir
  • panty hose, tights un collant
  • girdle une gaine
  • slip un jupon
  • women’s jacket une jaquette
  • women’s suit un tailleur
  • skirt une jupe
  • slip une combinaison
  • stockings des bas

Men’s clothes

  • briefs un slip
  • men’s suit un costume, complet
  • men’s jacket un veston
  • boxers un caleçon, boxer
  • sports jacket une veste de sport


  • bow tie un noeud papillon
  • suspenders des bretelles
  • cap une caquette
  • tie une cravate
  • gloves des gants
  • umbrella un parapluie
  • handbag un sac à main
  • belt une ceinture
  • handkerchief un mouchoir
  • buckle une boucle
  • scarf un foulard
  • press stud un bouton-pression
  • zipper une fermature-éclair


  • cotton le coton
  • polyester le polyester
  • fabric le tissu
  • silk la soie
  • leather le cuir
  • wool la laine
  • nylon le nylon

Patterns and adjectives for fit

  • polka-dotted à pois
  • elegant élégant(e)
  • plaid écossais
  • in style à la mode
  • stiped rayé(e)
  • loose vague, non-ajusté
  • solid uni
  • small petit(e)
  • beautiful beau, bel, belle
  • tight serré(e)
  • ugly laid(e)

Verbs related to clothing

  • to lengthen faire allonger
  • to put on (se) mettre
  • let out faire élargir
  • to shrink se rétrécir
  • to shorten raccourcir
  • to take off enlever
  • to take in reprendre
  • to undress se déshabiller
  • to get dressed s’habiller
  • to wear porter

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