Vocabulary Related to Clothes for Summer

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In this guide, you will learn the vocabulary related to summer fashion and identify key terms that describe various clothes for summer. This article will improve your communication skills and equip you with the precise words to describe clothes to wear in the summer. 
English Vocabulary Related to Clothes for Summer.

Upper Body Summer Clothes

Let’s start focusing on the terms used for the upper body summer season clothes.

  • T-shirt: a casual top with short sleeves and the shape of a T when it is laid out flat.
  • Tank top: a sleeveless shirt with large armholes and a neck hole, often worn by athletes and as casual summer wear.
  • Tube top: a strapless top, tight over the breasts and loose around the waist.
  • Crop top: a top that exposes the waist, navel, or abdomen.
  • Halter top: a top in which a piece of cloth wraps around the back of the neck, leaving the back exposed.
  • Polo shirt: a form of shirt with a collar, a placket neckline with typically two or three buttons, and an optional pocket.
  • Blouse: a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women, and children.
  • Cami: short for camisole, a loose sleeveless woman's undergarment which covers the top part of the body.
  • Button-down: a type of shirt that has its collar fastened down by buttons.
  • Bandeau: a simple band of cloth for the breasts, worn in fashion from the Minoan times to the 21st century.

And that's it, you've learned some common terms to describe different types of upper-body clothes to wear in summer. Keep practicing these new words and enrich your conversations with detailed descriptions of summer outfits.

Lower Body Summer Clothes

Here are some terms related to lower-body summer clothes. These styles offer different options for comfort and fashion during the warm summer months.

  • Shorts: a short pair of trousers; can be knee-length or shorter, often worn in warm weather or for sports.
  • Skirt: clothing that covers the legs from the waist, usually short in summer.
  • Capri pants: a kind of pants that fall between knee and calf or ankle length.
  • Bermuda shorts: a particular type of short trousers, often used for semi-formal purposes, that reach to the knee or just above it.
  • Sundress: a light, casual, and often loose-fitting dress, typically with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps.
  • Culottes: a form of split skirt or pants that hang like a skirt.
  • Romper: a one-piece garment combining a top with shorts.
  • Playsuit: similar to a romper, but it is meant to be worn in an environment of play or leisure.
  • Swim skirt: a skirt meant to be worn over a swimsuit bottom.
  • Sarongs: huge tubes or lengths of fabric that are frequently wrapped around the waist and worn as skirts or kilts by both sexes.

You've learned more vocabulary related to clothes to wear in summer. Next time you discuss summer outfits or go shopping, these words will come in handy.


Summer Season Accessories

Broaden your English vocabulary with these terms that describe some summer accessories.

  • Sunglasses: an accessory that protects your eyes from the sun.
  • Sun hat: type of a hat with a big top that keeps the sun off your face.
  • Headband: a cloth or flexible band worn on the head to keep hair away from the face or eyes.
  • Bandana: a large colored handkerchief, often with printed pattern, worn on the head or neck.
  • Beach bag: a large bag used to carry personal items to the beach.
  • Belt: a flexible band or strap, typically made of leather or heavy cloth, worn around the waist.
  • Earrings: jewelry worn on the earlobe.
  • Necklace: a piece of jewelry worn around the neck.
  • Bracelet: an ornamental band, hoop, or chain worn on the wrist or arm.
  • Anklet: a bracelet worn around the ankle.

You've just added summer accessories to your vocabulary. Remember these terms when you want to complement your summer outfit or describe someone else's.

Summer Footwear

Summer calls for specific footwear that is both stylish and comfortable. Here are some common terms that describe different types of summer footwear.

  • Flip flops: a type of open-toed footwear consisting of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap.
  • Sandals: shoes with open parts that allow the foot to stay cool, often consisting of a sole and straps.
  • Espadrilles: casual, flat shoes or heels, usually with a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of jute.
  • Wedges: shoes with a wedge-shaped sole, which means that one piece of material, usually rubber, is both the base and the heel.
  • Mules: shoes or slippers with no fitting around the heel; they can be any heel height - from flat to high.
  • Ballet flats: a shoe style inspired by ballet slippers, characterized by a very thin heel or the appearance of no heel at all.
  • Slide sandals: a flat, open-toe sandal with a single or multiple straps running across the center of the shoe.
  • Gladiator sandals: a sandal with several wide cross straps holding the sole to the foot, and a pair of straps around the ankle.
  • Loafers: a type of slip-on shoe with a flat heel.
  • Platform sandals: sandals with an added layer, or platform, under the soles of the feet.

Use these words to add more detail to your conversations about summer fashion.

Summer Swimwear

Finally, learn the language of summer swimwear, an essential part of summer clothes names.

  • Bikini: a two-piece swimsuit for women, including a bra top and a separate bottom part.
  • One-piece swimsuit: a tight-fitting bathing suit, usually made from a stretch fabric, which covers the torso but leaves the legs, arms, and neck exposed.
  • Board shorts: a loose-fitting pair of shorts that reach the knees, often used for surfing and other water sports.
  • Rash guard: a type of athletic shirt made of spandex and nylon or polyester, designed to protect against the sun and other elements.
  • Swim trunks: men's shorts styled as briefs for swimming.
  • Tankini: a style of swimwear that combines a tank top, made in various styles, and a bikini bottom.
  • Swimsuit cover-up: a light garment that is designed to be worn over a swimsuit to protect the wearer's modesty or to protect the wearer from the sun.
  • Monokini: a type of swimsuit where the top is significantly connected with the bottom front, which in theory, resembles a one-piece swimsuit.
  • Swim briefs: also known as speedos, a brief style of swimwear for men.
  • Wetsuit: a tight-fitting suit usually made from neoprene for use in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance, and buoyancy.

You've expanded your vocabulary with these swimwear terms. Now you'll be able to talk about and understand more styles of swimwear for the summer.


With this comprehensive list, you should now be able to comfortably describe the variety of clothes to wear in the summer. Remember, these terms are not just for shopping; they will enhance your English conversations and provide a better understanding of the culture associated with summer season clothes.

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PromovaDec 7th, 2023
A cami, short for camisole, is a loose-fitting sleeveless undergarment for women that covers the top part of the body. It is typically worn as an extra layer or as a standalone top in the summer.
Sean HarperDec 7th, 2023
Can you explain what a cami is?