I'm looking for a word that applies to all the things a person can wear, e.g. clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. It musn't be too generic, e.g. product, item, etc.
These all fall under the category of apparel, attire, or simply clothing.
I used to own a clothing store which carried all of the items listed in your question: The following descriptive terms, not already mentioned, are appropiate:
- Wears or Wear: mentioned above but can be prefixed by specific category: Mens, Womens, Kids, Sports, Night, Day, ie. Menswear or used more generally like:
Although originally associated with custom or expensive fashion, it has become a more generalized term.
French in origin, from Old French cousture sewing, from Vulgar Latin consutura, from Latin consutus, past participle of consuere to sew together, from com- + suere to sew —
Hope this helps!
Clothing is quite adequate. For alternatives that are standard and fun, though maybe pretentious, consider:
- Garb. Has connotations of a particularly stylized sort of clothing, but may be used to describe any clothing from "monkish garb" to "kids in combat garb". Similar to gear, but more general.
- Furnishings. It includes any article of dress, be it clothing, footwear, haberdashery or accessories. I recall it most commonly used in context as "men's furnishings" but not exclusively.
- Accoutrement or accoutrements. Plural is better. While seemingly French, it is accepted English language usage, see here.
- Trappings. Refers to any sort of clothing and equipment combination whether a costume or military outfit. Includes clothes, footware, jewelry, insignia, sashes, scarves and hosiery.
I've heard the term rig. It encompasses a person's whole look from head to toe. Sometimes a person's rig can determine their place on the social food chain.
I've heard people use the word gear as well, which means clothes and accessories.
(Clothing & Fashion) Informal up-to-date clothes and accessories, esp those bought by young people.
You could say wear. (Although not a common term for describing articles of attire in general, it's technically correct for what you want.)
Among many other definitions of the word, there's this one:
wear (noun): clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination, e.g.: rainwear; footwear; underwear; activewear; formalwear; eveningwear.
Since we're all pitching in, I like habiliments. It can mean clothes in general, but also specialized clothing and gear.
You could use the words apparel, garment or simply dress.
When referring to the combination of items someone is wearing, I'd go with outfit.
a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble: a new spring outfit.
Another word that has not been mentioned is duds.
Maybe you can try to use garments or wardrobe or closet stuff
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