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French Clothing Vocabulary

If 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 vocabulary. 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.

Image of a woman and clothing

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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