Clothes is a non-countable noun which means items worn to cover the body. We use clothes like this:
- I bought some new clothes for school.
- Jane always wears such nice clothes.
- Lori said her clothes don’t fit her anymore because she lost a lot of weight exercising.
Wear is also a non-countable noun and used with a modifier like running wear, swimwear, menswear, and formal wear. We never use wear by itself in a sentence, so something like this is unnatural:
- I bought some new wear for school.
- Jane always wears such nice wear.
However, we can use wear + modifier in a sentence like this:
- I bought some new casual wear for school.
- Jane always wears such nice running wear.
Of course, wear is a verb, and we will look at that use for wear next time!
Do you prefer to shop for formal wear or casual wear? When was the last time you went shopping for clothes?