American and British Words for Clothes

Learn useful American and British words for clothes illustrated with cool pictures.

Due to warmer climates, Americans have the luxury of wearing T-shirts as often as possible. Flip flops are also common in America, especially if you head on to the beach. The Brits, however, have a different style and are not a fan of T-shirts or flip-flops. They tend to take fashion seriously and often spend ample time on their makeovers. Whatever the occasion or lack of it, the British always make sure that they dress their best.

American and British Words for Clothes

Bootlace, Shoelace —–<>—– Shoestring

Clothes peg —–<>—– Clothespin

Dressing Gown —–<>—– Bathrobe

Dungarees —–<>—– Overalls

Nappy —–<>—– Diaper

Underwear, Knickers —–<>—– Underwear, Panties

Plimsolls, Gym Shoes —–<>—– Gym Shoes

Polo Neck —–<>—– Turtle Neck

Pyjamas —–<>—– Pajamas

Swimming Costume —–<>—– Bathing Suit

Trainers —–<>—– Sneakers

Trousers —–<>—– Pants

Waistcoat —–<>—– Vest

Wellington —–<>—– Boots, Wellies

Rubber —–<>—– Boot

Zip —–<>—– Zipper

British vs. American vocabulary words. 

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  1. What item of clothing is referred to in Britain as a “jumper?” I’ve seen it when discussing a sweatshirt or just about any kind of pull-over shirt or skirt/top combo

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