Brazilian Women’s Clothing

example of brazilian women's clothing for skirt, dress, blouse and shorts: saia, vestido, camiseta and bermuda.

Hello everyone! Have you ever considered what differentiates Brazilian women’s fashion from other parts of the world? Wonder no more! Today, we will learn all about Brazilian women’s clothing! From the Brazilian legging to the cut swimsuit, Brazil is famous for taking fashion risks. Do you think Brazilians wear shorter clothes? Would you ever consider wearing one of our famous Brazilian cut bathing suits? Would you wear a Brazilian legging outside of gym? What is Brazil’s clothing style like? Let’s find out today!

Brazilian Women’s Clothing: Tops

examples for women's clothing for upper body: camiseta and blusa, or shirt.

Do you know the main difference between a blusa and camiseta? If you thought that the blusa has sleeves and the camiseta doesn’t, you’re right! Another commonly used synonym for blusa is camisa. In the past, we used blusa only for those used inside a suit, but nowadays blusa and camisa are synonymous for women and men. Usually, when people study Portuguese in Rio, they all wear camisetas because of the heat!

Both the jaqueta and casaco are used to warm our upper bodies! But what’s the difference? We generally use the jaqueta for more structured fabrics, such as jeans and leather. The term casaco is more general, and it can be made out of wool, or just be a sweatshirt.

Brazilian Women’s Clothing: Bottoms

portuguese student wearing a skirt as an example of brazilian women's clothing.

Short and bermuda are incredibly famous in Brazil due to the high temperatures. Many people think that the word short is just for women, and the word bermuda for men. But this is a myth! It’s about the length! Short, as the name implies, are typically well above the knee, while bermuda usually reach the knee area. Saia is a simple piece of clothing that covers the lower part of the body from the waist to varying lengths, depending on the style and preference of the wearer. Calça jeans, in turn, are indispensable anywhere in the world!

But how does Brazilian women actually dress? Well, shorts are great part of their culture. Mostly because of the hot weather, of course. Don’t get too surprised if you come to Rio de Janeiro and see women wearing the tiniest shorts and skirts on the planet! Especially in places like Copacabana beach and Lapa.

Brazilian women also have a certain fondness that might be weird to foreigners. Remember the famous leggings? Well, Brazilian leggings are not only used for yoga classes and gym, oh no! Leggings became a type of pants, and depending on the material and how it looks, women might even use it for their jobs in Brazil! Girls also use it a lot for school uniform, since it’s a practical piece and it is fresher than jeans!

Brazilian Women’s Clothing: Sets

example of dress in portuguese: vestido.

The Brazilian dress can come in all lengths and styles. Brazilian women wear long, loose dresses when it’s hot. Or a more refined dress for a special occasion. It’s so suitable for many occasions! The terninho, on the other hand, is named after the term terno, which is the equivalent for men. The terninho can be composed of either a blazer with pants or a blazer with a skirt.

Brazilian Lingerie and Cut Swimsuits

example of brazilian swimsuit in portuguese, for bikini: biquíni.

The Brazilian cut bathing suits (also called the Brazilian cut swimsuits) are famous worldwide, right? We call them biquínis and maiôs. Some Brazilian women like to wear what we call fio-dental at the beach: a well-cut bottom, which allows them to tan almost without leaving any untanned parts. But that’s not to say that some don’t prefer bigger biquínis e maiôs, we have beach clothes for all tastes! The important thing is to feel good and enjoy! Did you know you can have Portuguese classes with us even at the beach to enjoy the sun and the sand?

Speaking of underwear now, we have the calcinha and the sutiã! They come in all sorts of shapes and textures, but did you know that we have a very famous sutiã variant? The sutiã that Brazilian women wear to exercise, together with the famous Brazilian leggings, is called a top. Simple, right?

We can’t leave out meias, which are so essential to keeping our feet warm! And indispensable for wearing with some shoes, right? When the meia is long, usually made of a thinner material, and covers a woman’s entire leg, we call it meia-calça. Yes, the name refers to something that is half a pair of pants!

Brazilian Women’s Fashion: Sleepwear

And when that sleepiness hits, we have to wear the most comfortable clothes we have for sleeping. In Brazil, a general term for nightwear is pijama. But women have an interesting variant called a camisola. It’s like a Brazilian dress, only for sleeping, of course. When pijamas are feminine and consist of shorts and a shirt, we also call them a shortdoll.

Pronunciation of Brazilian Women’s Fashion

Now, let’s listen and repeat the words we have just learned to achieve that perfect pronunciation!

Vocabulary for Brazilian Women’s Fashion

Roupas femininasWomen’s Clothing
Calça JeansJeans

If you are still wondering: “how do you dress up as a Brazilian?” the answer is not easy. In general, women in Brazil tend to dress very casual in their day-to-day lives. Just a small percentage of jobs require really formal outfits, and with our Rio de Janeiro weather this percentage is probably lower! At Rio & Learn, all our female teachers can dress as casual as they want, just like our students!

Well, that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed it! If you want to keep learning about clothes, we have this amazing Dica that will suit you very well! :p Do you think Brazilian women’s clothing is any different from your own culture? What do you think about Brazilian cut swimsuits and leggings? Do you think there are things you would never see a woman in your country wearing, that Brazilian women love? Tell us in the comments! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and we’ll see you at our next Dica!


Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Men’s Clothing in Portuguese
Types of Shoes in Portuguese
Accessories in Portuguese

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