Definition of ready-to-wear in English:



  • (of clothes) made for the general market and sold through stores rather than made to order for an individual customer; off the rack.

    • ‘They pioneered ready-to-wear suits and shirts, back in an age when made-to-measure tailoring was still very much the norm, always with reverential customer service.’
    • ‘This was an eveningwear line that was beautiful and sophisticated, a more grown-up version of the ready-to-wear collection.’
    • ‘This second line is a collection of women's ready-to-wear outfits but more luxurious.’
    • ‘I once heard a rumour that you could go into a shop and buy a ready-to-wear suit.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong; buying a ready-to-wear suit isn't a bad thing.’
    • ‘His clothes are neither ready-to-wear nor couture - they are startling constructions which can frighten people.’
    • ‘The disappearance of bespoke tailoring has been offset by better ready-to-wear clothes and the coming of certain designer labels only the more discerning will recognise.’
    • ‘Most of all I want to create forward-thinking, beautifully cut clothes, and have my own ready-to-wear womenswear label.’
    • ‘Although easily raveled fabrics may look great with such a buttonhole, if you examine ready-to-wear clothes, you'll often find a much looser stitch used.’
    • ‘Sewing machines brought mass-produced shoes in standard sizes and ready-to-wear clothes within universal reach.’
    ready to wear, off the shelf
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