There's no getting around it—clothes are just an important part of everyday life. We put them on when we wake up, we change into new ones before a night out and sometimes, when we're desperate, we even wear them to bed (just me then). And so there's a fair bet that, in some way or another, clothes are going to come up quite routinely in conversation. For U.K. expats such as myself, this can be a source of confusion and hilarity when the conversation's other participant is American. This is because, as you might have guessed from the title, there are a number of U.K. clothing words that are either not used stateside or are, at the very least, not very common. Here are 11 such words.
You might call them jammies. Perhaps you prefer jim-jams. Or maybe you're more hip than the rest of us and opt for P.J.s. Whatever you call them, it's likely your pet name for sleeping garments is tied to the word pyjamas. Unless, that is, you're American.