Spanish Clothing Vocabulary

Learn the words you might need when shopping for clothes in Spanish-speaking countries.

Shopping for clothes in a foreign country is one of the popular – and very fun – tourist activities! Below you will find all sorts of words you might need in the process.

Please note though that Spanish varies from country to country and while we would like to equip you with literally all the words, we simply can’t! So, we chose the safest way - to rely on the most basic vocabulary and list general words that are likely to be understood in most Spanish-speaking countries.

Learn the Spanish names of basic men's clothes

Outerwear can be described in Spanish as la ropa de calle (streetwear) or la ropa de abrigo (warm clothes).


  • el abrigo – coat
  • el abrigo de piel – fur coat
  • el impermeable – raincoat
  • la gabardina – trench coat


  • la chaqueta – jacket
  • la chaqueta de cuero – leather jacket
  • la chaqueta de plumón – down jacket
  • la chaqueta para moto – motorcycle jacket
  • la chaqueta de piloto – bomber
  • los rompevientos – windbreaker

Learn the Spanish names of winter clothing items


  • el gorro – hat (for colder weather)
  • el gorro de lana – woolen hat
  • el pañuelo de cabeza – headscarf
  • el paraguas – umbrella
  • el sombrero - hat (brimmed)
  • la bufanda – scarf
  • la capucha – hood
  • la gorra – cap
  • las manoplas – mittens
  • los guantes – gloves

Just Clothes

Learn the Spanish names of basic women's clothing items

We admit we don’t know the term for the second layer of clothing one wears under el abrigo, so we will simply proceed with the words.

Upper Body

  • el cuello de cisne – turtleneck
  • el chaleco – vest  
  • el suéter – sweater
  • la blusa – blouse
  • la camisa – shirt
  • la camisa de polo – polo shirt
  • la camiseta – T-shirt/tank top
  • la rebeca – cardigan
  • la sudadera – sweatshirt  

Lower Body

  • el pantalón corto – shorts  
  • el pantalón vaquero/el vaquero – jeans
  • el pantalón/los pantalones – trousers
  • la falda – skirt
  • las mallas – leggings
  • las medias – pantyhose
  • los calcetines – socks

Whole Body

  • el chándal – track suit
  • el esmoquin – dinner suit/tux
  • el mono – overalls
  • el traje – suit
  • el vestido – dress

Learn the Spanish names of summer clothing items


We can’t ignore the clothing that hides underneath all that ropa! Let’s learn the Spanish names for la ropa interior!

  • el sostén – bra
  • la camiseta – camisole  
  • las bragas – panties
  • los calzonsillos – underpants


Okay, you are fully dressed, now how about your feet? Let’s study what all sorts of el calzado (footwear) are called!

  • las botas – boots
  • las chanclas – flip flops
  • las pantuflas – slippers
  • las sandalias – sandals
  • los tenis – tennis shoes
  • los zapatos – shoes
  • los zapatos con cordones – shoes with laces
  • los zapatos de tacón alto – high heels


Finally, one of the most popular reasons for visiting Spanish-speaking countries is their exceptional beaches! So, you might wanna get yourself a few new pieces of la ropa de baño when you arrive!  

  • el bikini – bikini
  • el gorro de baño – swim cap
  • el traje de baño – swimsuit
  • los bañadores – swim trunks

We hope that your Spanish-speaking shopping will move to a totally new level! And now, let’s see if it really will – check if you memorized the new words!

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