l'abito vs il vestito

sebongela

sebongela

What is the difference between L'abito and il vestito. Can both be used interchangeably?

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi sebongela, 

Another interesting question!
Depending on the context, the use of these words may vary. However, as a general rule, you would use "abito" to refer to a suit, while you would use "vestito" to refer to a dress". 

However, please note that "i vestiti" usually means clothes (general term).

In addition to this, it's good to keep into account that "abito" could also refer to a dress in very specific cases, such as "abito da sera" (night dress) or "abito da sposa" (wedding dress).

Let me know if you have more questions :) 
sebongela

sebongela

Thank you Caterina

I use Babbel Italian and they used abito for dress and I know that Rocket used vestito, so thank you for the explanation. I find it interesting the distinguishment to a formal dress. One doesn't always pick up those nuances from a language course, so it is great to have a language teacher, who can explain those

Grazie

Sebongela

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