How to use outfit in a sentence?

Like for example:

I need to buy a sports outfit

is correct?

If I want to make it plural,

I need to buy some sports outfits

can be used?

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    Have you looked it up in a dictionary? I'm not sure why you think it may be incorrect. – Damkerng T. May 25 '16 at 10:40
  • Because all the examples in the dictionary, had no article before, like for example "This outfit is perfect" – Magnetic_dud May 25 '16 at 10:55
  • Then you need to check more than one dictionary, or maybe look it up on the internet, because I found multiple dictionaries that give examples or explain that outfit is a countable noun. – stangdon May 25 '16 at 13:03

An outfit is a set containing one or more items of clothes that is for a single person to wear. An outfit can have 1 item, such as a dress, or multiple items, such as shoulder pads, helmet, etc. Even if it has multiple items, we care about the set of items as a single unit, so we use the singular unless we mean multiple sets.

Put a simpler way: You'd buy multiple outfits if you had multiple people each needing to wear them. If just one person, then say outfit.

  • Well, you could have multiple outfits for one person. Like you could say "I have 3 outfits: this one is for Monday, this one for Tuesday, and this one for Wednesday". But basically, yes, agree. – Jay May 25 '16 at 16:54

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