Learning the different articles of clothing in French is fundamental to surviving in daily life. Fortunately and unsurprisingly there aren’t really any clothing articles in French that you probably aren’t already familiar with. This should make it easy to memorize all of the clothing-related vocabulary that exists out there seeing as you should already be able to associate it with something that you can recognize.
To start off, let’s look at some articles of clothing that both men and women often wear.
Unisex Clothing Terms in French Unisex Clothing Terms in English L'anorak (m) Ski jacket / Winter jacket Le blouson Jacket Le bracelet Bracelet La casquette Cap La ceinture Belt Le chapeau Hat Le collier Necklace Le gant Glove Le gilet Vest, Cardigan L'imperméable (m) Raincoat Le jean Jeans Le maillot Jersey Le maillot de bain Swimsuit La manche Sleeve Le manteau Coat Le masque Mask Le pantalon Pants (US) / Trousers (UK) Le peignoir (de bain) Bathrobe Le pull Sweater / Pullover / Jumper Le pyjama Pajamas / Pyjamas La salopette Overalls Le short Shorts Le slip Underpants, briefs Le sweat-shirt / sweatshirt Sweatshirt Le tablier Apron Le tee-shirt T-shirt L'écharpe (f) / Le foulard Scarf L'uniforme (m) Uniform
Sticking with the theme of unisex clothing let’s look at some French footwear vocabulary.
Footwear Vocabulary in French Footwear Vocabulary in English Les baskets (f) / Les tennis (m) Sneakers / Trainers Les bottes Boots Les bottines Bootees Les chaussettes (f) Socks Les chaussures (f) Shoes Les chaussures à talons hauts (f) High-heeled shoes Les espadrilles (f) Espadrilles Les sandales (f) Sandals Les pantoufles (f) Slippers
Let’s now go over articles of clothing that are typically associated with men.
Men's Clothing in French Men's Clothing in English Le boxer (short) Boxer briefs Le caleçon Boxer shorts La chemise Shirt / Button-Up Shirt Le costume Suit La cravate Tie Le gilet Vest / Suit vest / Waistcoast Le maillot de corps Undershirt Le nœud papillon Bowtie Le polo Polo shirt Le smoking Tuxedo Le veston de sport Sport jacet
Let’s not finish off with some clothing that we most often associate with women.
Women's Clothing in French Women's Clothing in English Le bikini Bikini La chemise de nuit Nightshirt / Nightgown Le chemisier Blouse Le collant Tights / Pantyhose La combinaison Slip Le débardeur Tank top La jupe Skirt La minijupe Miniskirt La robe Dress / Gown Le slip Panties Le tailleur Suit (for women) Les bas (m) Stockings Le soutif / Le soutien-gorge Bra
Hopefully now you have a good idea of the most common French clothing vocabulary used among natives. To learn other French vocabulary head on over to the French vocabulary page.