Outerwear

What is the meaning of the word outwear?  Outerwear is the opposite of innerwear.  Yes, that is an amazingly simple explanation.

Actually outerwear can be a bit sneaky.  At first thought, it is often considered to be a type of “jacket" or “coat".  However, when we really take a look at the word, it is most clothing aside from undergarments.   In other words, outerwear is clothing worn outdoors or clothing designed to be worn outside other garments.

So, outerwear would consist of most fashion with the exception of underwear, lingerie, panties, boxer shorts, g-strings, thongs, boxer briefs, etc.  Some clothing gets a bit confusing because socks are worn under long pants, but if you are wearing shorts they are exposed.  Another example could be a sports bra which is worn under clothes and sometimes out.

When we think of outerwear, we often think in terms of Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Trenchcoats and Overcoats.  Actually, below is a more complete list.

Abaya

Academic gown

Anorak

Apron

Blazer

Cagoule

Cloak

Coat

Denim Jackets

Duffle coat

Duster

Frock coat

Gilet

Goggle jacket

Greatcoat

Hoodie

Jacket

Leather jacket

Matchcoat

Mess jacket

Mino (straw cape)

Opera coat

Overcoat

Pea coat

Poncho

Raincoat

Rain pants

Redingote

Robe

Shawl

Shrug

Ski suit

Sleeved blanket

Sport coat

Top coat

Trench coat

Vest

Waistcoat

Windbreaker

Again, above is only portion of what can be considered to be outerwear.

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