Clothing in Spanish

Whether you’re shopping in one of your favorite clothing stores or dropping off clothes to be washed at a local lavandería (laundromat), conversations about clothing are sure to come up in a variety of Spanish conversations. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have some of these key vocabulary terms under your belt.

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Basic Clothing Vocabulary

You can start by learning some of this basic vocabulary for everyday clothing items. Keep in mind, though, that although these terms are universal, many areas of Spain or Latin America have their own regionalisms.

la ropa

clothing

la camisa

button up shirt

la camiseta

T-shirt

la camiseta sin mangas

tank top

los pantalones

pants

los jeans/vaqueros

jeans

los pantalones cortos

shorts

la falda

skirt

el vestido

dress

la ropa interior

undergarments

los calzoncillos

underwear

el sujetador/el brasier

bra

las medias

tights

los calcetines

socks

la chaqueta

jacket

el suéter/la sudadera

sweater, sweatshirt

el abrigo

coat

bathing suit

el traje de baño

los zapatos

shoes

los tenis

tennis shoes

las botas

boots

los zapatillas

slippers

las sandalias

sandals

las chanclas

flip-flops

Fabric, Clothing Parts & Other Adjectives

There may be times when you will have to describe a clothing item that you are looking for in both design, style and material. These are the most common terms you may need in this situation.

estar de moda

to be in style

el/la diseñador/a

designer

el cierre/la cremallera

zipper

el boton

button

el estampado

pattern

de rayas

striped

de cuadros

checkered

la tela

fabric

de cuero/piel

leather

de algodón

cotton

de lana

wool

de seda

silk

los probadores

dressing rooms

talla chica

small size

talla mediana

medium size

talla grande

large size

apretado/a

tight

grande

big/loose

You may also want to learn vocabulary for colors in Spanish for discussing the colors of clothing.

Dress Code and Formal Attire in Spanish-Speaking Countries

Generally speaking, people in Latin America dress more formally than Spaniards, who tend to dress more casually on a day to day basis. This is especially true in major Latin American cities where businessmen and women dress formally for work and events. Further, Latin American weddings are extravagant affairs. It is common for guests to arrive in tuxedos and formal gowns so it’s a good idea to check with the bride and groom about the preferred attire if you are attending a wedding. Here are a few terms to know when referring to formal dress.

el vestido de gala

gown

el traje

suit

la corbata

tie

el esmoquin

tuxedo

el chaleco

vest

los tacones

high heels

Clothing Accessories and Jewelry

Both men and women love accessorising their outfits. Make sure to memorize some of the items that you use the most!

los accesorios

accessories

el reloj

watch

el cinturón

belt

el gorro

cap

el sombrero

hat

las joyas

jewelry

los aretes/los pendientes

earrings

el anillo

ring

el collar

necklace

la pulsera/el brazalete

bracelet

la bufanda

scarf

los guantes

gloves

Useful Verbs When Talking About Clothes

When shopping, you only need to learn a few key verbs to be able to communicate with the shop attendants. People working in clothing stores are normally very helpful and ask lots of questions so it’s a good idea to understand these common verbs.

  • quedarle → to fit
    Example: La falda no me queda bien. → The skirt doesn’t fit me well.
    Example: Este vestido me queda apretado. → This dress is too tight.
  • probarse → to try on (clothing)
    Example: Me gustaría probarme estos pantalones. → I would like to try on these pants.
  • ponerse→ to put on (clothing)
    Example: Ponte el sueter, hace frío. → Put on your sweater, it’s cold.
  • quitarse → to take off
    Example: Quítate los zapatos hijo. → Take off your shoes son.

Useful Expressions When Talking About Clothing

Here are some other common expressions you may need when shopping, taking your clothes to be laundered or inquiring about dress code. Remember, when you are invited to an event in a Spanish-speaking country, it’s best to ask for clarification of the appropriate attire.

¿Dónde se encuentran los vestidos?

Where are the dresses (found)?

¿Podrías lavar esta ropa?

Could you wash these clothes?

¿Podrías lavar en seco esta chaqueta?

Could could you dry clean this jacket?

¿Es necesario vestirse de traje y corbata?

Is it necessary to wear a suit and tie?

¿Cuáles son las reglas de vestuario?

What is the dress code?

¿Estoy vestido/a correctamente?

Am I dressed appropriately?

With these vocabulary words and expressions you will be completely prepared for any situation revolving around talking about clothes in Spanish.

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