As I've been trying my best to assemble something like a syntax for this huge thing I call the Attire language, it occurred to me that we tend to go from the broadest concepts to the most particular. The first layer I will be calling Families, where ideas like dress, coat, pants, and other elemental clothing notions exist. Next up comes Clusters. This is the first point where specificity begins, its also the point where purpose is attached to a garment. We go from dress, to party dress, for example. The next layer I'm calling Sets, where color, pattern, and other precise information gets added; till we arrive finally at the Word itself. Sleeveless, body con, above knee, black silk party dress.
So it would line up like this:
Cluster: Rain Hat
Word: Yellow Vinyl Sou'wester
Word: Pleated Front, Cuffed, Brown Tweed Casual Pants
Set: Brown Tweed Casual Pants
Cluster: Casual Pants
Such a parse can be applied to any individual item of apparel, allowing us to categorize more effectively, and in that way, perhaps comprehend more clearly what we are seeing. What it also does, is shine a bit more light on how layered, and complex this semiotic communication system is. Rather than a range of clear symbolic signals, each individual word in the lexicon is a set of stacked ideas, each one adding more meaning, and subtlety to the preceding ones.
The final and most important point is that each one of those modifiers adds another nuance, another set of signals, to the final message being presented by the garment; and that is before its even on a person. When that happens, and that item is blended with others that individual has chosen, the amount of information transmitted is huge.