Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes. Used of clothing.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or doing business in ready-to-wear clothing.
  • n. Clothing marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing apparel that does not need any tailoring (for example hemming) before it can be worn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ready-made clothing
  • adj. (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock

Etymologies

ready + to + wear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In an effort to earn greater regard—and profits—from the mainstream fashion audience, she will place her famous name on her midpriced line of ready-to-wear, which is now called "Lavender" and will be called "Vera Wang."

    Beyond Bridal: Vera Wang's New Look

  • Now, online buyers snap up rare designer labels, exclusive pieces and ready-to-wear days after it leaves the runway.

    Online Shopping Gets Fancy

  • AFP/Getty Images A fur and black leather quilted coat by Mr. Gaultier for his Autumn/Winter 2011 ready-to-wear presentation.

    Jean Paul Gaultier's Stylish Striptease

  • The brand has been the top-selling designer ready-to-wear maker at many U.S. department stores for years, outselling Armani, which usually hovers around No.

    Akris Captures the Season With Wedding Tower Views

  • Currently, the ready-to-wear clothes are sold in one area and the accessories another.

    Project His Way: Kors Expands

  • Victoria Beckham's ready-to-wear collection is handmade in the UK and available in over 300 retail stores around the world.

    Margie Goldsmith: Much Ado About Victoria Beckham

  • "I use Tumblr religiously," said Mr. Formichetti, a frequent collaborator with Lady Gaga and the creative director of Thierry Mugler's ready-to-wear lines.

    High Fashion and Hoodies

  • He became an investor in Vivarte in 2007 when the group, which owns ready-to-wear chains such as Kookai and Naf Naf, was bought by private-equity firm Charterhouse.

    Carrefour Names CEO for Retail Turnaround

  • I am in my 50s and find it very hard to find ready-to-wear clothing that is appropriate for my age, in a style that I like.

    Painting Inspired Dress # 1

  • A Style-page photo Thursday from Vera Wang's spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection was misidentified as being from a planned midprice line of ready-to-wear fashion.

    Corrections & Amplifications

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