Here is a silly, but fun question to ponder this afternoon: excluding underwear and socks, what is the most common item of clothing or footwear in the world today? And by “common”, I mean by quantity. If we collected all the items of clothing and footwear and put them in piles according to their category, which would be the pile with the most items?

At first I thought the answer was obvious. In this order:

  1. T shirts
  2. Jeans
  3. Sneakers

Then I began to have second thoughts. With China and India having such large populations, where do the unique clothing items from those cultures fit into the list?

What do you think is the most common item of clothing?