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Verbs related to Wearing Clothes Items in Japanese

Verbs related to wearing clothes

Getting Dressed: Essential Japanese Vocabulary and Grammar

In this lesson, we will delve into the fundamental aspects of discussing clothing and getting dressed in Japanese. Understanding how to express oneself in terms of attire is not only practical for everyday conversations but also plays a crucial role in navigating social situations. From basic vocabulary related to clothing items to essential grammar points for forming sentences about getting dressed, this lesson will equip you with the tools to confidently talk about your wardrobe choices in Japanese.


  1. 着る (きる, Kiru) – To wear (general term for putting on clothes)
    • Example: シャツを着る (Shatsu o kiru) – To wear a shirt
  2. 履く (はく, Haku) – To put on (shoes, pants, socks)
    • Example: 靴を履く (Kutsu o haku) – To put on shoes
  3. かぶる (かぶる, Kaburu) – To put on (hats, caps)
    • Example: 帽子をかぶる (Bōshi o kaburu) – To wear a hat
  4. 着せる (きせる, Kiseru) – To dress someone else (putting clothes on someone)
    • Example: 子供に服を着せる (Kodomo ni fuku o kiseru) – To dress a child
  5. 脱ぐ (ぬぐ, Nugu) – To take off (clothes)
    • Example: ジャケットを脱ぐ (Jaketto o nugu) – To take off a jacket
  6. 巻く (まく, Maku) – To wrap (scarf, towel)
    • Example: スカーフを巻く (Sukāfu o maku) – To wrap a scarf
  7. 付ける (つける, Tsukeru) – To put on (accessories like earrings, necklaces)
    • Example: ピアスを付ける (Piasu o tsukeru) – To wear earrings
  8. 取る (とる, Toru) – To take off (accessories)
    • Example: 指輪を取る (Yubiwa o toru) – To take off a ring
  9. 着がえる (きがえる, Kigaeru) – To change clothes
    • Example: 服を着がえる (Fuku o kigaeru) – To change clothes
  10. 重ねる (かさねる, Kasaneru) – To layer (clothing)
    • Example: シャツを重ねる (Shatsu o kasaneru) – To layer shirts
  11. 装う (よそおう, Yosoou) – To dress up (formally or stylishly)
    • Example: ドレスで装う (Doresu de yosoou) – To dress up in a dress
  12. 留める (とめる, Tomeru) – To fasten (buttons, zippers, etc.)
    • Example: ボタンを留める (Botan o tomeru) – To fasten buttons

Vocabulary for clothes:

  1. シャツ (Shatsu) – Shirt
  2. ブラウス (Burausu) – Blouse
  3. ジャケット (Jaketto) – Jacket
  4. コート (Kōto) – Coat
  5. ドレス (Doresu) – Dress
  6. スカート (Sukāto) – Skirt
  7. パンツ (Pantsu) – Pants
  8. ジーンズ (Jīnzu) – Jeans
  9. セーター (Sētā) – Sweater
  10. パーカー (Pākā) – Hoodie
  11. タンクトップ (Tankutoppu) – Tank top
  12. パジャマ (Pajama) – Pajamas
  13. 靴 (くつ, Kutsu) – Shoes
  14. ブーツ (Būtsu) – Boots
  15. サンダル (Sandaru) – Sandals
  16. 帽子 (ぼうし, Bōshi) – Hat
  17. 手袋 (てぶくろ, Tebukuro) – Gloves
  18. ベルト (Beruto) – Belt
  19. バッグ (Baggu) – Bag
  20. 財布 (さいふ, Saifu) – Wallet
  21. ソックス (Sokkusu) – Socks
  22. ネクタイ (Nekutai) – Necktie
  23. スカーフ (Sukāfu) – Scarf
  24. バンダナ (Bandana) – Bandana
  25. イヤリング (Iyaringu) – Earrings
  26. ネックレス (Nekkuresu) – Necklace
  27. 指輪 (ゆびわ, Yubiwa) – Ring
  28. 腕時計 (うでどけい, Udedokei) – Watch
  29. メガネ (Megane) – Glasses
  30. サングラス (Sangurasu) – Sunglasses

Remember that the specific verb used can depend on the type of clothing item and the action being performed (putting on, taking off, etc.). Additionally, particles are important for indicating the object being worn.