Clothes in Korean – The complete vocabulary for your outfit

Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
A black shirt on a hanger hung on the wall

It’s important to know how to say the word “clothes” in Korean along with the different Korean vocabulary and phrases related to clothes.

Wearing clothes is a fun part of a person’s daily life which means it can be a majorly important thing in learning Korean vocabulary. Most especially if you want to learn Korean and you like clothes and fashion, then this may be the perfect topic!

Clothes in Korean

“Clothes” in Korean

The main word for how to say clothes in Korean is 옷 (ot). Whether you are talking about several basic clothing items or just one piece, the word remains the same. However, if you want to emphasize the fact you are speaking of clothes as multiple, you may add the particle 들 (deul) after 옷 (ot), creating the word 옷들 (otdeul). 들 (deul) is simply an expression that there are multiple of the noun it is attached to.

Another word for clothes in Korean is 의복 (uibok). This word is different from 옷 (ot) in that it is used for more official purposes.

Additionally, there is the word 옷차림 (otcharim). This is a good word to use when you want to describe your, or someone else’s clothes or style.

How to Remember “Clothes” in Korean

Associations are words, stories, and images that you can use to remember words. To remember 옷 (ot) in English there are two approaches you can take. You can make an association for the sound or the image. Or even both if that’s easier for you.

For remembering it by sound, what words can you think of in English that sound like 옷 (ot)? How about if you add the “c” sound to the beginning? It sounds like “coat” which is a very common piece of clothing!

Word Association

My favorite piece of clothing is my coat. (옷 – ot | clothes)

You can also use the image of the hangeul for 옷 (ot). It almost looks like a little person, imagine the person is putting on their clothes because they ought to go out.

What association works best for you? Do you have effective ways to remember other words in Korean? Let us know in the comments below!

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Clothing Vocabulary in Korean

In this lesson, we have divided the vocabulary into two groups. One group is for nouns, and the other for verbs related to the topic. Below we will introduce you to both.

How to say “clothing” in Korean

In Korean, the word for clothing is 옷 (ot) which is the same term used for “clothes” in Korean. It’s such a simple and short word to remember, and it is the same for both singular and plural use.

Clothing Vocabulary in Korean

Here are some English and Korean words for what people are usually wearing grouped in specific categories.

Tops in Korean

To start off, here are the common Korean words for tops.

KoreanEnglish
블라우스 (beullauseu)Blouse
가디건 (gadigeon)Cardigan
니트 (niteu)Knitwear
셔츠 (syeocheu)Shirt
스웨터 (seuweteo)Sweater
티셔츠 (tisyeocheu)T-shirt
탱크톱 (taengkeutop)Tank top
폴로 (pollo)Turtleneck

Shirt in Korean

The Korean word for “shirt” – 셔츠 (syeocheu), while you can say 티셔츠 (tisyeocheu) for “t-shirt.”

Bottoms in Korean

These are the Korean words for bottom wear.

KoreanEnglish
청바지 (cheongbaji)Jeans
점프수트 (jeompeusuteu)Jumpsuit
레깅스 (leginseu)Leggings
오버롤 (obeorol)Overalls
바지 (baji)Pants
반바지 (banbaji)Shorts
치마 (chima),
스커트 (seukeoteu)
Skirt

Pants in Korean

The Korean word for “pants” is 바지 (baji). If you’re wearing jeans and want to refer to them instead, then you can use the Korean term 청바지 (cheongbaji).

Shorts in Korean

Another bottom wear that is commonly worn is 반바지 (banbaji) which means “shorts” in Korean.

Outerwear in Korean

Below is a table that will teach you Korean words if you’d like some layering for your clothes. Koreans wear these often because of the seasons and weather in Korea.

KoreanEnglish
코트 (koteu)Coat
외트 (woeteu)Overcoat
모피코트 (mopikoteu)Fur coat
반코트 (bankoteu)Half-coat
재킷 (jaekit)Jacket
잠바 (jamba)Jacket (windbreaker)
가죽코트 (gajukkoteu)Leather coat
파카 (paka)Parka
우비 (ubi)Raincoat
점퍼 (jeompeo)Windbreaker

Outerwear in Korean

Formal wear in Korean

Here are the Korean words for the clothes that people wear at formal events.

KoreanEnglish
드레스 (deureseu)Dress
원피스 (wonpiseu)One-piece dress
웨딩드레스 (wedingdeureseu)Wedding dress
정장 (jeongjang)Full dress
와이셔츠 (waisyeocheu),
남방셔츠 (nambangsyeocheu)
Dress shirt
양복 (yangbok)Suit
조끼 (jokki)Vest
제복 (jebok)Uniform
교복 (gyobok)School uniform
작업복 (jakeopbok)Work uniform

Footwear in Korean

Below is the Korean vocabulary for the perfect pair crucial in every outfit.

KoreanEnglish
부티 (buti)Ankle boots
부츠 (bucheu)Boots
구두 (gudu)Dress shoes
슬리퍼 (seullipeo)Flip flops
하이힐 (haihil)High heels
등산화 (deungsanhwa)Hiking boots
샌들 (saendeul)Sandals
신발 (sinbal)Shoes
운동화 (undonghwa)Sneakers
실내화 (silnaehwa)Slippers
양말 (yangmal)Socks

Shoes in Korean

The general term for “shoes” in the Korean language is 신발 (sinbal). On the other hand, the Korean word for “dress shoes” is 구두 (gudu).

Shoes in Korean

Accessories in Korean

To complete the look, here are some Korean words for accessories.

KoreanEnglish
가방 (gabang)Bag
배낭 (baenang)Backpack
벨트 (belteu)Belt
허리띠 (heoritti),
혁대 (hyeokdae)
Belt
나비 매듭 (nabi maedeup)Bow
나비 넥타이 (nabi nektai)Bow tie
브로치 (beurochi)Brooch
팔찌 (paljji)Bracelet
지팡이 (jipangi)Cane
안경 (angyeong)Glasses
장갑 (janggap)Gloves
핸드백 (haendeubaek)Handbag
모자 (moja)Hat, cap
머리띠 (meoritti)Headband
보석 (boseok)Jewelry
머플러 (meopeulleo)Muffler
목걸이 (mokgeori)Necklace
반지 (banji)Ring
스카프 (seukapeu)Scarf
스타킹 (seutaking)Stockings
썬글라스 (sseongeullaseu)Sunglasses
넥타이 (nektai)Tie
지갑 (jigap)Wallet
시계 (sigye)Watch

Hat in Korean

The Korean word for hat is 모자 (moja). The same word is used for cap.

Glasses in Korean

If you’re wearing glasses, this is an important word to learn. You can say glasses in Korean as 안경 (angyeong). But you can use the word 썬글라스 (sseongeullaseu) if you specifically mean “sunglasses.”

Here are more Korean words related to clothes.

KoreanEnglish
사각팬티 (sagakpaenti)Boxers
브라 (beura)Bra
팬티 (paenti)Underpants
속옷 (sokot)Underwear
내옷 (naeot)Underwear
비키니 (bikini)Bikini
수영복 (suyeongbok)Swimsuit
운동복 (undongbok)Sweatsuit
파자마 (pajama)Pajamas
가운 (gaun)Bathrobe
옷장 (otjang)Wardrobe (closet)
옷가게 (otgage)Clothing store
휴대품 보관소 (hyudaepum bogwanso)Cloakroom
단추 (danchu)Button
천 (cheon)Cloth
옷깃 (otgit)Collar
칼라 (kalla)Collar
고무줄 (gomujul)Elastic band
주머니 (jumeoni)Pocket
소매 (somae)Sleeve
긴소매 (ginsomae)Long sleeved
반소매 (bansomae)Short sleeved
지퍼 (jipeo)Zipper
사이즈 (saijeu)Size
스타일 (seutail)Style
빨래 집게 (ppallae jipge)Clothes peg
옷걸이 (otgeori)Hanger
세탁물 (setakmul)Laundry

Other words related to clothing in Korean

Now that we’ve covered the nouns, here are some verbs and adjectives in the Korean language related to clothes.

KoreanEnglish
입다 (ipda)To wear clothes
신다 (sinda)To wear shoes/socks
쓰다 (sseuda)To wear glasses
벗다 (beotda)To take off
입어보다 (ibeoboda)To try on
딱 맞다 (ttak matda)To fit on right
크다 (keuda)To be big
작다 (jakda)To be small
무겁다 (mugeopda)To be heavy
가볍다 (gabyeopda)To be light
비싸다 (bissada)To be expensive
싸다 (ssada)To be cheap
할인 하다 (harin hada)To be discounted
낡은 (nalgeun)Old
새 (sae)New

Sample Sentences

Below are sentences with Korean words related to clothes and their meaning in English. You can practice on each example to help you learn better and remember the vocabulary and the Korean language in general.

KoreanEnglish
그 드레스는 너무 예뻐요. 
(geu deureseuneun neomu yeppeoyo.)
That dress is so pretty!
어머, 그 코트는 너무 간지나네요! 
(eomeo, geu koteuneun neomu ganjinaneyo!)
Wow, your coat is so stylish.
오늘 날씨가 되게 추워서 따뜻한 코트를 입고 있어요. 
(oneul nalssiga dwoege chuweoseo ttatteuthan koteureul ipgo isseoyo.)
The weather is really cold today so I'm wearing a warm coat.
이 신고싶은 하이힐은 불편하네요. 
(i singosipeun haihireun bulpyeonhaneyo.)
These high heels I want to wear are uncomfortable.
한달에 보통 의복을 위해서 돈을 얼마나 소비하세요?
(handare botong uibogeul wihaeseo doneul eolmana sobihaseyo? )
How much money do you usually spend on clothes each month?
그 파티에는 어떤 옷을 입을거에요?
(geu patieneun eotteon oseul ibeulgeoeyo?)
What kind of clothes will you wear to that party?
압구정에 가면 좋은 의복을 입은 사람들 많이 볼 수 있어요.
(apgujeonge gamyeon joeun uibogeul ibeun saramdeul mani bol su isseoyo)
If you go to Apgujeong, you can see many well-dressed people.
난 우리 발리 여행 위해 새로운 옷을 많이 샀어.
(nan uri balli yeohaeng wihae saeroun oseul mani sasseo.)
I bought many new clothes for our Bali trip.
미안한데, 벌써 옷을 벗어서 오늘 다시 밖으로 못 갈 것 같아.
(mianhande, beolsseo oseul beoseoseo oneul dasi bakkeuro mot gal geot gata.)
I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can go out again today since I have already taken off my clothes.
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With the lessons you’ve learned so far, you can already shop for clothes through Korean online malls streets shops. You can also say and describe your outfit or appreciate your friend’s. Whenever you’re dressing up, you can also review these words you just learned! Was this Korean language vocabulary fun and easy or hard to learn? Let us know in the comments!

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