Dress in Portuguese

Vestir Conjugation in Portuguese example: Elas vestem biquinis e ele veste uma sunga.

Hello everyone! How are you today? Are you ready for another Dica? Before we start, please try and answer these few questions: How are you dressed today? How would you dress for a party at the beach? Easy to answer, right?! No?! If these questions are hard for you to answer in Portuguese then you need to practice the vestir conjugation in Portuguese! Don’t worry because we are here to help you! Today we are going to study the meaning and conjugation of the verb to dress in Portuguese, and also get to know the noun of the same word. Off course, we will need to understand the to dress synonym, wear in Portuguese. We will learn as well how to talk about dress codes in Portuguese and the different dress codes we have in Brazil. At the end, we can practice with a couple of exercises! Let’s go!

Women's Clothing examples in Portuguese.

Meaning of dress in Portuguese

Dressing up for a party can be tricky, right? It could be much more if you don’t know how to ask your friends for help on the dress code in Portuguese. Friend, you need to learn the verb to dress in Portuguese, for these situations! Here it is: the verb vestir.

Dress in Portuguese can have a couple of different translations because it’s a word that refers to a verb and also nouns. The noun we most use is veste or vestimenta, that means any thing you user to cover your body such as clothes. Veste in Brazilian Portuguese is an old-fashioned word, that almost nobody uses nowadays. Also, there’s another noun that is a dress in Portuguese: vestido, the one-piece item of clothing perfect for parties!

Vestirto dress / to wear
VestimentaClothing / Garb / Apparel

Let’s see some examples and extra explanations, to understand dress in Portuguese and the other cases:

Ela veste o bebê com cuidado.
She dresses the baby carefully.

Ela comprou um vestido novo para a festa.
She bought a new dress for the party.

A vestimenta tradicional é usada em festivais culturais.
Traditional clothing is worn at cultural festivals.

O sacerdote vestiu uma veste branca para a cerimônia.
The priest wore white clothing for the ceremony.

Vestir Conjugation in Portuguese

Is there any traditional outfit or item of clothing in your country? It’s not exactly clothing, but here in Brazil we love wearing chinelos. To feel like a carioca you can come to our Portuguese classes at Rio & Learn wearing chinelos too. Now, let’s take a look at the conjugation of the verb vestir Portuguese.

Vestir is an irregular verb with termination -IR. See here how to conjugate to dress in Portuguese paying attention to all regular endings in bold and the irregular endings marked with an asterisk.


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu visto*Eu vestiEu vestia
Você vesteVocê vestiuVocê vestia
Ele/Ela vesteEle/Ela vestiuEle/Ela vestia
Nós vestimosNós vestimosNós vestíamos
Vocês vestemVocês vestiramVocês vestiam
Eles/Elas vestemEles/Elas vestiramEles/Elas vestiam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu vestiraEu tinha vestido
Você vestiraVocê tinha vestido
Ele/Ela vestiraEle/Ela tinha vestido
Nós vestíramosNós tínhamos vestido
Vocês vestiramVocês tinham vestido
Eles/Elas vestiramEles/Elas tinham vestido
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu vestireiEu vou vestirEu vestiria
Você vestiráVocê vai vestirVocê vestiria
Ele/Ela vestiráEle/Ela vai vestirEle/Ela vestiria
Nós vestiremosNós vamos vestirNós vestiríamos
Vocês vestirãoVocês vão vestirVocês vestiriam
Eles/Elas vestirãoEles/ elas vão vestirEles/Elas vestiriam


Vista você*Não vista você*
Vista ele/ela*Não vista ele/ela*
Vistamos nós*Não vistamos nós*
Vistam vocês*Não vistam vocês*
Vistam eles/elas*Não vistam eles/elas*


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu vista*Se eu vestisseQuando eu vestir
Que você vista*Se você vestisseQuando você vestir
Que ele/ela vista*Se ele/ela vestisseQuando ele/ela vestir
Que nós vistamos*Se nós vestíssemosQuando nós vestirmos
Que vocês vistam*Se vocês vestissemQuando vocês vestirem
Que eles/elas vistam*Se eles/elas vestissemQuando eles/elas vestirem

Other tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para vestir euVestindoVestido
Para vestir você  
Para vestir ele/ela  
Para vestirmos nós  
Para vestirem vocês  
Para vestirem eles/elas  


Ele veste um terno elegante.
He wears an elegant suit.

Eu vesti um casaco quente ontem.
I wore a warm coat yesterday.

Eles vestiram uniformes esportivos.
They wore sports uniforms.

We can translate to dress and to wear in Portuguese as well as usar. See all the uses for to use in Portuguese to understand it better. See and example with to wear in Portuguese:

Ela usou a saia ontem
Yesterday, she wore a skirt.

As you saw, to be able to use “to wear” in Portuguese, we need to know the clothing vocabulary in Portuguese, see our dica about it, there you will be able to talk about masculine and feminine clothing, accessories, underwear, and shoes in Portuguese!

Dress Code in Portuguese

In Portuguese, “dress code” is translated as “código de vestimenta.”

Código de vestimentaDress code

Dress codes can vary depending on the context, such as professional settings, casual outings, or formal events. Here is a table outlining the types of dress codes in Portuguese and some examples.

Código de VestimentaDress CodeSoundExemplo em PortuguêsExample in English
CasualCasualJeans e camisetaJeans and a T-shirt
EsporteSportBermuda e poloShorts and a polo shirt
SocialBusiness CasualCalça social e camisaDress pants and a shirt
PasseioSmart CasualVestido leve e sandáliasLight dress and sandals
Esporte finoBusiness FormalCalça de alfaiataria e blusa eleganteTailored pants and an elegant blouse
Traje a rigorBlack TieTerno e gravataSuit and tie
GalaWhite TieSmoking ou vestido longoTuxedo or long dress
UniformeUniformFarda ou uniforme específico da profissãoUniform or specific professional attire
Example of dress code in Portuguese: Eles vestem esporte.

Now let’s practice the conjugation of to dress / to wear in Portuguese, by answering these three questions:

O que você vestiu no fim de semana?
O que você está vestindo agora?
O que você vai vestir na sua próxima viagem?

Conjugate to dress in Portuguese

We hope you did well answering the questions, but…. let’s make sure you can conjugate the verb to dress in Portuguese correctly. Complete this exercise to check if you’ve really learned how to use the verb to dress / to wear in Portuguese. You have to complete the sentences with the correct conjugation of vestir in Portuguese and then you have to tell us in which tense the verb is conjugated. Ready?

  1. Quando era novo eu ________ número 38, agora ________ 44.
  2. Ele sempre ________ roupas estranhas.
  3. Para minhas aulas de português no Rio de Janeiro eu gosto de _______ roupas confortáveis.
  4. Maria ainda não está pronta, ela vai se ________ agora.
  5. Se eu fosse você, ________ algo mais quente, está frio lá fora.
  6. É importante que eles se ________ bem para o casamento, afinal de contas são os padrinhos.
  7. Eu estou ________ um vestido.
  8. Seria melhor se você não ________ esse casaco, estará muito quente na festa.
  9. Quando eu o vi, estava ________ com roupas estranhas.
  10. Afonso e Jornada sempre ________ roupas diferentes.

Great! It’s good to practice with an exercise like this one, right?

Now, we want to make sure you know both the verbs and the clothing vocabulary. Can you answer the question in this picture?

Exercise with the verb vestir in Portuguese: O que eles vestem?

Go to our Facebook page and send us your answer to this exercise! And take a look at our courses , of course.

Hope you enjoyed this A Dica do Dia and if you have any questions please ask us on our Twitter. You can also tell us, in Portuguese, what clothes you like to wear. We’ll be waiting for you there!

Hugs from Rio de Janeiro <3

 Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Brazil Men’s Fashion
Brazil Women’s Clothing
Brazilian Accessories
Dialogue in Portuguese at a Clothing Store

Vestir Conjugation Portuguese: Answers

  1. Quando era novo eu vestia número 38, agora visto 44. (Pretérito Imperfeito do Indicativo e Presente do Indicativo)
  2. Ele sempre veste roupas estranhas. (Presente do Indicativo)
  3. Para minhas aulas de português no Rio de Janeiro eu gosto de vestir roupas confortáveis. (Infinitivo)
  4. Maria ainda não está pronta, ela vai se vestir agora. (Futuro Imediato)
  5. Se eu fosse você, vestiria algo mais quente, está frio lá fora. (Futuro do Pretérito)
  6. É importante que eles se vistam bem para o casamento, afinal de contas são os padrinhos. (Presente do Subjuntivo)
  7. Eu estou vestindo um vestido. (Gerúndio)
  8. Seria melhor se você não vestisse esse casaco, estará muito quente na festa. (Pretérito Imperfeito do Subjuntivo)
  9. Quando eu o vi, estava vestido com roupas estranhas. (Particípio)
  10. Afonso e Jornada sempre vestem roupas diferentes. (Presente do Indicativo)

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