Difference between clothes and clothing

#1

What’s the difference between “clothes” and “clothing”?Can they be used interchangeably?
Thanks in advance!

#2

Hi,

‘Clothes’ refers to individual items that you wear. You pack your clothes in a bag/case before you go away (on holiday).

‘Clothing’ is the collective noun for all sorts of clothes as in ’ Women’s/ Men’s Clothing department’ in a shop/store.

You could compare these two words with ‘shoes’ suggesting individual shoes/pairs of shoes and ‘footwear’ as the collective noun.

Alan

#3

Thank you so much for such a quick reply.
Does the sentence " I like simple hardwearing clothing" make sense?

#4

do you mean…hardware…hard wear…hard wire…hard where…?

#5

“Hardwearing” means resistant to extensive wear; durable: a pair of hardwearing jeans.

#6

I think it should be [color=blue]hard-wearing (notice the hyphen in between)…

thanks for sharing a new compound word…

#7

According to Dictionary.com, this word is spelled together, however i do believe that both variants are possible. Thank you as well)