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clothing

[AS. clath, cloth]
Wearing apparel; used both functionally and decoratively. From the medical standpoint, clothes conserve heat or protect the body (e.g., gloves, sunhelmets, and shoes). Air spaces in a fabric and its texture, rather than the material alone, conserve heat. In matted woolen fabrics, the air spaces are destroyed and insulation is lost. Wool and silk absorb more moisture than other fabrics, but silk loses it more readily. Cotton and linen come next, but linen loses moisture more quickly than cotton. Knitted fabrics absorb and dry more readily than woven fabrics of the same material. The temperature inside an individual's hat may vary from 13° to 20°F (7° to 11°C) warmer than the outside temperature.

adapted clothing

Garments designed with special features, such as Velcro closures, to enable persons with disabilities to dress themselves without assistance.
See: clo; hypothermia
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Mainstay clothing sales rose 0.3 percent, marking the first year-on-year rise in three years and four months, as autumn clothing and winter coats sold well after a steep decline in temperatures late in the month.
Unveiling sales pick-up yesterday, M&S chief executive Stuart Rose said the response of customers to new autumn clothing ranges had been positive.
Japanese department store sales in September dropped 5.2 percent from a year earlier on a same-store basis for the 31st straight monthly decline, due partly to sluggish sales of leading autumn clothing on persistent summer heat, an industry body said Monday.
"August and early September were exceptionally warm which made the selling of autumn clothing more than usually difficult," he said.
This year's scorching summer created winners and losers in the business world, with products such as soft drinks and air conditioners among the biggest beneficiaries while autumn clothing remained unsold and there was little demand for fall foods.
Troubled Marks & Spencer got a boost today despite claims that its new autumn clothing range have flopped.
Overall sales in the reporting month totaled 434.67 billion yen and the rate of fall widened from July's 1.4 percent, due to sluggish sales of autumn clothing as record-high heat waves hit the nation, the Japan Department Stores Association said.
But total sales by large supermarkets and department stores fell 0.2 percent to 1.72 trillion yen for the second straight month of decline with the ministry pointing to relatively warm weather as denting the sales of autumn clothing and other seasonal materials.
Department store sales contracted 4.0 percent to 602.8 billion yen on a slump in autumn clothing sales due to hot temperatures, with the ministry saying fallout from typhoons led to declines in customer numbers.