Languages › French French Vocabulary: Clothing Share Flipboard Email Print Susan Hassmann/GettyImages. French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By Camille Chevalier-Karfis French Language Expert Camille is a teacher and author of many French audiobooks and audio lessons on modern spoken French. She co-created and runs French Today, offering original audio for adult students. our editorial process Camille Chevalier-Karfis Updated April 14, 2018 Ahhh, French fashion. There are a zillion specific words to describe French clothes, however lists on the web are usually very limited. Here is a longer list which will help you master French clothing vocabulary. Les vêtements: Clothes Les fringues : clothes in slang (ends on a G sound) Les vêtements d’extérieur: Outerwears Un manteau : a coat, a dress coat, usually long. It’s also the generic word to say something warm to wear outside.Une veste : a blazer, also generic for outerwears.Un imperméable : a raincoat. Un K-way (pronounced "ka way"), un coupe-vent : a rain jacket. K-way is a brand, but it's so popular that it became the word used to describe this very thin plastic jacket that you can fold into a small bag and then tie around your waist. Most kids have one for Spring days!Un blouson : an waist length jacket, a bomber jacket, often used to describe a leather jacket : un blouson en/de cuir.Un anorak : a ski jacket.Une doudoune : that’s somewhat a new word. It's a sort of padded/ski jacket, parka Les hauts: Tops Un chandail : a sweater - sounds like “eye”, and a bit old fashion.Un tricot : a (knitted) sweater - very old fashionUn pull : a sweater - most commonly used word nowadaysUn (pull à) col-roulé : turtle neck sweaterUn pull en V : un pull à col en V - V neck sweaterUn pull à col rond : round neck sweaterUn cardigan, un gilet : cardigan sweater (open in front with buttons) Une chemise : a shirt (usually for man, but could be used for women also).Une chemise à manches courtes : short sleeve shirtUne chemise à manches longues : long sleeve shirtUne chemise à manches trois quarts : 3/4 length sleeve shirtUne blouse : a lady’s shirt (a bit old fashion)Un chemisier : a lady’s shirt - yes, I know it's a masculine word to describe women clothes, whereas "une chemise" for man is feminine... go figure!Un T-shirt : Tshirt, pronounced in Franglish “ti sheurt”Un débardeur : tank top Un Costume: Men's suit Also means a costume as in a disguise.Une veste: a blazer, a sports coat. Un gilet : a vest - watch out for the false cognate - “un gilet” is the 3rd part of a 3 piece man suit, the one you wear under the jacket ≠ “une veste” which is the blazer part. “Un gilet” is also a cardigan sweater. “Un gilet” is also called “un veston” but it’s old fashion.Un complet: a man’s suit - very old fashion. Un tailleur: a lady’s suit. You can say “un tailleur pantalon” : lady’s pants suit, or “un tailleur jupe”: skit’s suit. "Tailleur" as the sound of "Thai" in it.Un smoking : a tuxedo. Les bas: The bottoms Un pantalon: pants - note this word is usually used in the singular. “Des pantalons” to refer to one pair of pants is possible, but quite old fashion.Un jean: jeans. Singular as well. Not pronounced like the French name “Jean” but like the English word “jean” (djin).Un short: shorts. (singular)Un bermuda: knee length shortsUn Capri: above the ankle pants.Un caleçon: leggings (a sort of stretchy pants). Watch out, this is also the word for men’s underwear: boxer shorts. Pour les femmes: For ladies Une robe: a dress – not a robe which is « un peignoir ». Une robe du soir: an evening dress. Do not mistake it with "une chemise de nuit" with is a nightgown to go to bed...Une robe bustier: a strapless dressUne robe sans-manche : a sleeveless dressUne robe à manches longues/courtes : a dress with long/short sleevesUne robe avec des petites bretelles - a dress with small strapsUne jupe: a skirt.Une mini-jupe: very short skirtUne jupe au dessus du genou: above the knee length skirtUne jupe au dessous du genou: under the knee length skirtUne jupe longue: long skirtUne jupe plissée: pleated skirtUne jupe droite: straight skirtUne jupe fendue: a skirt with a slit Pour la nuit: For the night Une chemise de nuit: a night gown.Un pyjama: PJs. Singular in French.Une robe de chambre: a robe (to be inside the house)Un peignoir (de bain): a bathrobeDes pantoufles : slippers Vêtements spéciaux: Special clothing Une salopette: an overallUn bleu de travail: it's a type of overall protection clothing that contractors wear... usually blue.Un uniforme: a uniformUn tablier: an apronThere is no word for "scrubs." We'd say "une blouse d'infirmier/infirmière, de docteur...".