These are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers.
clothes the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers. clothing (rather formal) clothes, especially a particular type of clothes: warm clothing
CLOTHES OR CLOTHING? Clothing is more formal than clothes and is used especially to mean ‘a particular type of clothes’. There is no singular form of clothes or clothing: a piece/an item/ an article of clothing is used to talk about one thing that you wear such as a dress or shirt.
garment (formal) a piece of clothing: He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. NOTE. Garment should only be used in formal or literary contexts; in everyday contexts use a piece of clothing. dress clothes, especially when worn in a particular style or for a particular occasion: We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays. wear (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in shops/stores: the children’s wear department gear (informal) clothes: Her friends were all wearing the latest gear (= fashionable clothes).
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • casual clothes/clothing/dress/wear/gear • evening/formal clothes/dress/wear • designer/sports/school/work clothes/clothing/garments/wear/gear • children’s/men’s/women’s clothes/clothing/garments/wear • second-hand clothes/clothing/garments • to have on/be in ...clothes/clothing/garments/dress/•' wear/gear • to wear... clothes/clothing/garments/dress/gear • to change your clothes/clothing/garments/gear • to put on your clothes/clothing/garments/gear • to take off your clothes/clothing/gear • clothes/dress sense