One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there's a prize for the best costume’
outfit, ensemble, suit
dress, clothing, attire, garb, uniform, livery, array, regalia
clothes, garments, robes
informal get-up, gear, togs, garms, duds, glad rags
British informal clobber, kit, strip, rig-out
North American informal threads
literary raiment, habiliments
archaic vestments, vesture, habit
2‘if you'd like a dip, we can lend you a costume’
swimsuit, bathing suit, bathing costume, swimming costume, bikini
pair of swimming trunks, pair of trunks
informal cossie, swimming togs
Australian informal bathers, swimmers
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