Talk About Clothes in Spanish: 140+ Words & Expressions in Spanish

There’s an intersection where language and fashion meet. And this presents another opportunity for Spanish learners!

Spring Spanish (a project I co-founded) teacher Cory made a great video about clothes and fashion in Spanish, check it out!

In this blog post, we’ll share the most important vocabulary and expression related to clothes in Spanish. Learn about shopping for clothes in Spanish, explore the different sizes and fabrics, and learn Spanish along the way!

1. What you need to know about Spanish clothing and dress code

As you know it, dress codes are sets of rules – just like there are rules in Spanish grammar, there are rules for dressing up to the occasion in Spanish-speaking countries. These guidelines are all about what clothing you should, could, and have to wear to different events.

Dress codes are different in Spanish-speaking countries because they are all influenced by local culture, climate and even social norms. However, since we’re talking about the same cultural area, there are common guidelines:

SpanishEnglishDescription
FormalFormalOften required for high-end restaurants, galas, or black-tie events.
Formal de negociosBusiness formalTypical for conservative work environments like law firms or financial institutions.
Informal de negociosBusiness casualCommon in many modern office settings.
CasualCasualAppropriate for everyday wear or relaxed work environments.
Casual eleganteSmart casualA step up from casual, often used for semi-formal events or upscale restaurants.
Atuendo de cóctelCocktail attireFor evening social events that are not quite formal.

And if you want to use the Spanish vocabulary with dress code-related terms, check these out:

SpanishEnglish
código de vestimentadress code
etiquetaetiquette
formalformal
informalinformal
eleganteelegant
apropiadoappropriate
inapropiadoinappropriate
atuendooutfit
vestimentaattire
ropa de etiquetaformal wear
traje de galagala dress
traje de nocheevening gown
esmoquintuxedo
chaquémorning coat
ropa de trabajowork clothes
uniformeuniform
ropa casual de negociosbusiness casual
casual elegantesmart casual
ropa deportiva eleganteathleisure
a la modafashionable

2. Spanish clothes vocabulary for formal wear: ropa de vestir

Let’s start with the formal wear (ropa de vestir), because the occasion requires good clothing!

formal men suit clothes in spanish on a coat hanger
SpanishEnglish
trajesuit
vestidodress
camisashirt
corbatatie
faldaskirt
pantalón de vestirdress pants
blazerblazer
chaquetajacket
chalecovest
esmoquintuxedo

3. Describe casual clothes in Spanish: ropa casual

Maybe you’re enjoying some alone time at home, or you chose to work from home on a weekday. Here’s how you can describe this in Spanish:

SpanishEnglish
camisetat-shirt
pantalones vaquerosjeans
sudaderasweatshirt
shortsshorts
blusablouse
polopolo shirt
chaqueta vaqueradenim jacket
suétersweater
legginsleggings
pantalones chinoschino pants

4. Sport clothing items in Spanish: ropa deportiva

Out for sports? Dress up!

SpanishEnglish
chándaltracksuit
zapatillas deportivassneakers
camiseta de fútbolsoccer jersey
pantalones cortossport shorts
calcetines deportivosathletic socks
mallastights
sudadera con capuchahoodie
camiseta sin mangastank top
muñequeraswristbands
rodillerasknee pads
a colorful sportswear clothing store to buy clothes in spanish speaking countries

5. Spanish vocabulary for underwear: ropa interior

Start any day of the week with fres new clothes.

SpanishEnglish
calzoncillosunderwear (men’s)
bragaspanties
sujetadorbra
calcetinessocks
camiseta interiorundershirt
tangathong
bóxerboxer shorts
mediasstockings
liguerogarter belt
bodybodysuit

6. Footwear in Spanish: calzado

Different seasons in Spanish require different footwear.

SpanishEnglish
zapatosshoes
botasboots
sandaliassandals
zapatillasslippers
taconeshigh heels
mocasinesloafers
alpargatasespadrilles
chanclasflip-flops
botinesankle boots
zuecosclogs

7. Speak about accessories in Spanish: accesorios

Some accessories can help you look even more fabulous!

SpanishEnglish
cinturónbelt
bufandascarf
gorrohat
guantesgloves
gafas de solsunglasses
bolsopurse
carterawallet
relojwatch
collarnecklace
pendientesearrings

8. Outerwear: la ropa de abrigo

Learn these outerwear clothing phrases along with the way to talk about the weather in Spanish.

SpanishEnglish
abrigocoat
chaquetajacket
impermeableraincoat
gabardinatrench coat
cazadorabomber jacket
anorakparka
ponchoponcho
capacape
chaleco acolchadopadded vest
plumíferodown jacket

9. Have a good night’s sleep in your sleepwear: ropa de dormir

Wondering how to say good night in Spanish? Maybe you could throw in some sleapwear vocabulary!

SpanishEnglish
pijamapajamas
camisónnightgown
batarobe
pantalones de pijamapajama pants
camisa de dormirnightshirt
pantuflasslippers
antifazsleep mask
camiseta de dormirsleep shirt
shorts de dormirsleep shorts
camisolacamisole

10. Enjoy summer in your swimwear: ropa de baño

Some Spanish holidays are during the summer. And when these holidays happen, you want to be able to talk about your swimwear.

SpanishEnglish
bañadorswimsuit
bikinibikini
tanga de playabeach thong
pantalones cortos de bañoswim trunks
pareosarong
gorro de nataciónswim cap
chanclas de playabeach flip-flops
toalla de playabeach towel
gafas de nataciónswim goggles
traje de neoprenowetsuit

11. Names for uniforms: uniformes

Although school uniforms are mostly the thing of the past in most Spanish-speaking countries countries, it’s still good to learn these words!

SpanishEnglish
uniforme escolarschool uniform
uniforme de enfermeranurse uniform
uniforme de policíapolice uniform
uniforme militarmilitary uniform
uniforme de chefchef uniform
bata de laboratoriolab coat
uniforme de camarerowaiter uniform
mono de trabajowork overalls
togarobe (academic or judicial)
uniforme deportivosports uniform

Now that you know all of these words, it’s time to learn the most common Spanish phrases and chunks related to them, so you know what to ask for when shopping or looking for alternatives.

SpanishEnglish
¿Me queda bien?Does it look good on me?
Me queda como un guanteIt fits like a glove
¿Tiene esto en otra talla?Do you have this in another size?
¿Dónde están los probadores?Where are the fitting rooms?
¿Puedo probármelo?Can I try it on?
Este color me favoreceThis color suits me
¿Tiene algo más informal?Do you have something more casual?
Busco algo para una bodaI’m looking for something for a wedding
¿Aceptan devoluciones?Do you accept returns?
¿Está de oferta?Is it on sale?
Me lo llevoI’ll take it
¿Cómo se lava esto?How do you wash this?
¿De qué material está hecho?What material is this made of?
Me aprieta un pocoIt’s a bit tight on me
Me queda grandeIt’s too big for me
¿Tiene algo similar pero más barato?Do you have something similar but cheaper?
Estoy buscando un conjuntoI’m looking for an outfit
¿Qué me recomienda?What do you recommend?
Esto combina bien con…This goes well with…
¿Tiene un espejo de cuerpo entero?Do you have a full-length mirror?

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