Japanese Clothing Vocabulary – Key words to know

Posted by on August 16, 2019 – Japanese Study

Japanese fashion is popular worldwide. Many people visit Japan just to experience the unique culture of its clothing.

If you plan on visiting Japan and experiencing its fashions, you may want to know the Japanese words for clothing.

Below, you will learn the Japanese vocabulary for clothing by category from the lists below!

Clothing by category

 

Tops

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Tops

 

Japanese Pronunciation English
トップス Toppusu Tops
シャツ shatsu Shirt
Tシャツ T-shatsu T-shirt
半袖 Hansode Short sleeve
長袖 Nagasode Long sleeve
ポロシャツ Poroshatsu Polo shirt
タンクトップ Tankutoppu Tank top
ニット Nitto Knit
セーター Se-ta- Sweater
スウェット Suwetto Sweatshirt
パーカー Pa-ka- Parka / Hoodie
カーディガン Ka-digan Cardigan

 

 

Outwear

 

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Outwear

 

Japanese Pronunciation English
アウター Auta- Outwear
ジャケット Jaketto Jacket
ブルゾン Buruzon Blouson
コート Ko-to Coat
ダウン Daun Down jacket

 

 

Bottoms

 

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Bottoms

Japanese Pronunciation English
ボトムス Botomusu Bottoms
ズボン Zubon Pants
パンツ Pantsu Pants / Underwear
スカート Suka-to Skirt
ジーンズ Ji-nzu Jeans
レギュラー Regura- Regular
スリム Surimu Slim
スキニー Sukini- Skinny

 

 

Innerwear

 

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Innerwear

 

Japanese Pronunciation English
インナー Inna- Innerwear
下着 Shitagi Underwear
靴下 Kutsushita Socks

 

 

Shoes

 

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Shoes

 

Japanese Pronunciation English
シューズ Shu-zu Shoes
Kutsu Shoes
皮靴 Kawagutsu Leather shoes
スニーカー Suni-ka- Sneaker
サンダル Sandaru Sandle
スリッパ Surippa Slippers

 

 

Accessaries

 

Japanese Clothing Vocabulary - Key words to know

Accessories

Japanese Pronunciation English
アクセサリー Akusesari- Accessary
帽子 Boushi Cap / Hat
バッグ Baggu Bag
スカーフ Suka-fu Scarf
ベルト Beruto Belt
サングラス Sangurasu Sunglass
ネックレス Nekkuresu Necklace
イヤリング Iyaringu Earring
指輪 Yubiwa Ring
時計 Tokei Watch

 

 

Technical Terms

 

Japanese Pronunciation English
サイズ Saizu Size
ジャストサイズ Jasuto saizu Perfect size
オーバーサイズ O-ba-saizu Oversized
長さ Nagasa Length
身丈 Mitake Body length
身幅 Mihaba Body width
肩幅 Katahaba Shoulder width
袖丈 Sodetake Sleeve length

After learning these vocabularies, you may also want to learn how to ask questions at a shop.

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