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The formal apparel store is a good place to rent a wedding gown.

Hi,

I wonder if I could replace "apparel" with "clothing" and "clothes" without making a change in meaning. Thanks.
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I'm not crazy about the wording, Angliholic. If you're referring to a specific store (as is suggested by the word 'the'), then you would simply use the name of the store.

Otherwise, try this wording (the options are listed in my order of preference):
A store specializing in formal wear/apparel/clothing/clothes is a good place to rent a wedding gown.

To me, the best choice by far would be 'formal wear'.

By the way, do many brides in your neck of the woods rent their wedding dress?
They all mean the same thing, but we don't say "clothes store." "Formal clothing store" would be okay. Or you could say, "a store that rents formal clothes" or "a store that rents formal clothing." "A store that rents formal apparel" would sound a little stuffy.

Stores give themselves lofty-sounding names that aren't used in ordinary conversation. For instance, you might ask a clerk, "Where's the swimwear department, please?" but you wouldn't say to a friend, "I want to go to Dillard's this afternoon and buy some new swimwear." Likewise, "Does Mobile really need another formal apparel store?" but not "I don't want to have to rent formal apparel to go to a party where I'll be bored silly."
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Ah, formal wear. Forgot about that one, even though I mentioned swimwear. Not enough caffeine in the system yet Emotion: smile Yes, "formal wear store" is more usual.
YankeeI'm not crazy about the wording, Angliholic. If you're referring to a specific store (as is suggested by the word 'the'), then you would simply use the name of the store.

Otherwise, try this wording (the options are listed in my order of preference):
A store specializing in formal wear/apparel/clothing/clothes is a good place to rent a wedding gown.

To me, the best choice by far would be 'formal wear'.

By the way, do many brides in your neck of the woods rent their wedding dress?
Thanks, Amy.

Yes, I suppose so. Since they only wear it once in a life time, then why bother buying it?
So they can pay even more money to have it hermetically preserved in a box for future generations, of course.

From Florence King's Southern Ladies and Gentlemen:

Then we come to Great-Grandmother's wedding dress, an argument that goes on for so long that the entire house reeks of mothballs because Mama has been running through it holding the precious relic, chasing Daughter, who clutches her copy of Modern Bride and refuses to look.

"If she was good enough to leave it to you, you ought---"

"I'm marryin' Bartley, not Vincent Price!"

"You wouldn't have gone to college if it hadn't been for Big Mama! It was her money that paid for it! You don't have any gratitude!
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I think the majority of brides here are still buying their wedding dresses. However, I think it likely that most grooms rent their tuxes.

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I enjoyed the 'hermetically sealed' bit, Del. lol
DelmobileSo they can pay even more money to have it hermetically preserved in a box for future generations, of course.

From Florence King's Southern Ladies and Gentlemen:

Then we come to Great-Grandmother's wedding dress, an argument that goes on for so long that the entire house reeks of mothballs because Mama has been running through it holding the precious relic, chasing Daughter, who clutches her copy of Modern Bride and refuses to look.

"If she was good enough to leave it to you, you ought---"

"I'm marryin' Bartley, not Vincent Price!"

"You wouldn't have gone to college if it hadn't been for Big Mama! It was her money that paid for it! You don't have any gratitude!
Thanks, Del and Amy.