out·​er·​wear | \ ˈau̇-tər-ˌwer How to pronounce outerwear (audio) \

Definition of outerwear

1 : clothing for outdoor wear
2 : outer clothing as opposed to underwear

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The midi-length Aritzia Odette trench coat is still available in light and dark tan, and is the perfect layerable outerwear. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wears the Most Perfect Transitional Spring Outerwear—an Aritzia Trench Coat," 19 Apr. 2019 Next up is tops, followed by dresses, and, finally outerwear. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Fashion Director Kerry Pieri Try on Her Entire Winter Wardrobe," 29 Jan. 2019 Another recurring staple in her royal wardrobe has been polished, sophisticated outerwear. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The Meghan Markle Guide to Buying a Fall Coat," 7 Sep. 2018 After a few years of prioritizing look-at-me streetwear, including exaggerated sneakers and cartoonish, oversize outerwear, the most noteworthy brands showed more-or-less-plausible everyday looks for fall 2019. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 The real surprise of the collaboration is the outerwear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 In addition to staying warm, the CDC also recommends doing your best to stay dry, which means opting for waterproof outerwear and dressing in layers. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Protect Yourself in Extremely Cold Weather," 29 Jan. 2019 The star of the show was the outerwear, and rightly so. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Rainbow Cardigan of Dreams with Jamie Foxx for Her Birthday," 19 Dec. 2018 For his version of the look, Dylan wore a plain white tee underneath the outerwear and paired both pieces with a pair of plain black pants. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "“Riverdale” Fans Think Dylan Sprouse Wore a Southside Serpent Jacket," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of outerwear

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of outerwear

: clothes (such as sweaters, coats, or jackets) that you wear over other clothing especially for warmth when you are outside

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