Updated: Mar 2
Phrasal Verbs Relating to Clothes
1. Hang out
To dry clothes outside after washing
Ex: The weather was fine, so she hung out the washing.
2. Hang up
To put something on a hook or a hanger
Ex: Don’t leave your clothes on the floor, hang them up.
3. Put on
To dress yourself or someone else with an item or items of clothing
Ex: Put on your hat.
4. Have on
To be wearing a piece of clothing or type of clothing
Ex: Jimmy had everything on but his socks.
5. Slip on
Put on an item of clothing very easily.
Ex: She slipped on her flip flops before she went into the sea.
6. Throw on
To put on an item of clothing quickly and carelessly
Ex: I threw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt as I was in a hurry.
7. Pull on
Put clothes on quickly
Ex: James pulled off his socks.
8. Wrap up
To put on warm clothes
Ex: She was wrapped up in a thick winter coat.
9. Bundle up
10. Kick off
To remove your shoes quickly
Ex: She kicked off her shoes.
11. Come off
To become removed from an item of clothing
Ex: He was running too fast and his shoes came off.
12. Take off
To remove a piece of clothing
Ex: Charlie was taking off his shirt when the phone rang.
13. Turn up
Shorten some trousers, a dress or a skirt so that they fit better
Ex: Mr. Smith’s jeans were too long. So he asked Mrs. Smith to turn up the bottom of the jeans for him.
14. Take in
To make an item of clothing smaller/ more narrow
Ex: You lost weight, and your dress doesn’t fit. I’ll have to take it in.
15. Zip up
To fasten something using a zip, or to become fastened using a zip
Ex: The dress zipped up at the front.
16. Do up
To fasten an item of clothing
Ex: Do up your coat or you’ll get cold.
17. Button up
To fasten one’s clothing tightly, as against cold weather
Ex: You should button up your shirt.
18. Try on
To put on an item of clothing to find out whether it fits or is suitable.
Ex: She always tried shoes on before she bought them.
19. Show off
Show something to a lot of people
Ex: He bought her a diamond ring and she is showing it off.
20. Go with
Suit each other
Ex: Those shoes go with your dress.
21. Dress up
Put on different clothes to look different than usual
Ex: He went to the party dressed up as a clown.
22. Wear out
To use an item until it is no longer in good condition
Ex: I wore out my boots. I need to buy a new pair soon.