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    a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?

    What's the most common word for the clothing for women consisting of two or three pieces (a jacket, a skirt and a blouse).
    She is wearing a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?
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    Re: a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?

    I'd call it a suit. I think it might depend on the style.
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    Re: a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?

    Don't all it a costume! What you describe is a suit or a skirt suit.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?

    A "costume" is only applicable if the woman was an entertainer and the clothing was part of the entertainment. Also it would apply to all her clothing not just the skirt.

    Women don't really were a "suit" as such. I am not sure if this is still a current term but "pant suit" would be more suitable for a woman. A coat is more of something worn over normal clothing.

    As an aside, this reminds me of a time when I first met my ex-wife who was British. She was having trouble with her car and I took it to my father who was a master mechanic. We fixed the problem and I returned the car later that day. The following morning I had a phone call from her.

    She said, " Did you know that your father left a spanner under my bonnet?"
    I laughed saying, "Oh, he left a wrench under the hood of the car, did he?"

    If you ask for comments on names for clothing, you should ask identify whether you want a BE or AE answer. The answers could be quite different.
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    Re: a women's suit/a coat and skirt/a costume?

    Lynxear's "pant suit" ("trouser suit" in BrE) only works if it's a jacket and trousers. A matching jacket and skirt, bought together as a single item in a shop, is a "skirt suit" in BrE. If you told me that a woman was wearing a suit, I wouldn't know if it was a matching jacket and a skirt or a matching jacket and trousers. Having said that, there wouldn't be many everyday situation in which the difference would matter much.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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