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Hi,

What’s the difference between ‘restrictive’ and ‘restricting’ when they’re used to describe clothes?

“The jacket I bought is too restrictive/restricting. I can hardly raise my arms in it.”

I think that the first one suggests that the jacket in itself is restrictive and that not even altering it would make a difference. ‘Restricting’ then carries a sense of movement restriction. The jacket could fit somebody, but it’s restricting for you. Maybe it’s too small.

I could be completely off-base here. This is just me taking a wild guess.

Thank you.

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The adjective normally used is tight.

The jacket is too tight.

If you want an uncommon word, then constricting is ok.

The jacket is too constricting.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/constrict

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I’m sorry, but that doesn’t answer my question. I know that I can use ‘tight’.

I was asking about the difference between ‘restrictive’ and ‘restricting’.

Ann225I was asking about the difference between ‘restrictive’ and ‘restricting’.

The collocation of "restrictive" with clothing is described here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothing_fetish#Restrictive_clothing

Thank you.

Does it mean that 'restricting' can never be used in reference to clothes?

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Ann225Does it mean that 'restricting' can never be used in reference to clothes?

The officers put a straight jacket on the crazy man, restricting his violent gesticulations.

I’m sorry. I should have been more specific. I actually meant ‘restricting’ as an adjective.