Apparel is just another word for what you wear. Hopefully the apparel you wear to work — suits and heels — is very different from the apparel you wear on the weekends — pajama pants and bunny slippers.

The noun apparel got its start from the Latin apparare, meaning to “prepare, make ready,” or ad-particulare, meaning “to put things together.” In the mid 13th century it evolved into a verb meaning “to equip.” It wasn’t until the next century that people began to use apparel as both a verb meaning “to attire” and as a noun meaning garments or clothing. Said 17th century British writer Thomas Fuller, “…Apparel shapes: but it's money that finishes the man.”

Definitions of apparel
  1. noun
    clothing in general
    “she was refined in her choice of apparel
    synonyms: clothes, dress, wearing apparel
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    heavy-duty clothes for manual or physical work
    blue jean, denim, jean
    (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
    heavy-duty shirts worn for manual or physical work
    type of:
    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  2. verb
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
    synonyms: clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
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    discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    get undressed
    disinvest, divest, strip, undress
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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    prim, prim out, prim up
    dress primly
    cover, wrap up
    clothe, as if for protection from the elements
    put a jacket on
    put a frock on
    put a shirt on
    put a habit on
    provide or cover with a cloak
    overclothe, overdress
    dress too warmly
    dress without sufficient warmth
    dress with a corset
    furnish with shoes
    cover or provide with a coat
    costume, dress up
    dress in a costume
    robe, vest
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    dress in a gown
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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