What do you call it?

13 Nov

Talking about Togs (or swimmers or bathers or swimwear) yesterday started me thinking of all the fashionable (or not so fashionable) things that have differing names depending on where you’re from.

Here’s a few more Kiwi classics.



Jandals from Aspara




Bonus – Classic Kiwi Fred Dagg employing both of the above:

What do you call these? Do you have clothing that only really appears where you are from? I’m so very curious.

7 Responses to “What do you call it?”

  1. Kat November 13, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Stubbies or Ruggers depending on the brand.

    • Sarah November 13, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      very short Shorts
      Tank Top
      Rain Boots

      (I’m in California.)

  2. restylistas November 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    My vocab is a little mixed after a few years living in Australia, and to be honest I sort of cringe and some of the NZ names for things, perhaps as a direct result of how much I was hassled when I first moved to Oz.

    My colleagues used to do things like leave gumboots on my desk in case I had an urge to “tackle” a sheep – if you know what I mean. It actually got so bad, with pranks along these lines that last well over a year that I converted to Aussisms, or neutral names so they would stop. Even now I still fear using words such as jandal in case they pop out of the woodwork with a pair of gumboots! However thongs here has a different meaning again and can cause confusion, underwear, and footwear, very different!

    For the typical Bonds singlet it was commonly called wife beater in Oz, it is so stereo typical (think Once Were Warriors costumery!) and un-PC but that was part of the humor of it, so wife beater it still is.

    Togs are a swimsuit, or swimmers for me. Togs is just a nasty word.

    Gumboots are wellies, or gummies.

  3. lakaribane November 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Ok, you are going to laugh.

    We don’t have stubbies, we have bout pantalon (piece of pants)

    We don’t have jandals, we have sapat fant zòtey (split your toes sandals).

    No swannies at all (Caribbean!)

    Singlets are know as débardeur (Fr) or mayo (tshirt in Kreyòl) and if it’s a camisole/sundress type of strappy top, some people call them sou balkon (on the balcony. Disgustingly folkoric, right?)

    No gumboots but leather jandals are sometimes call sapat Jezi Kri (Jesus Christ sandals)

  4. rachel November 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I’m the same as Kat — except never Ruggers, always Stubbies.

  5. FashionMate February 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Hey cute shorts for Men and great Gum boots… Nice blog..:)

  6. FashionMate February 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Hope to share great insights on fashion

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