In the world of Naruto, various ninja are seen wearing different clothing. Some of these actually serve a purpose, though.
- Wearers: All Shinobi
The most important article of clothing for any and all shinobi. This headband signifies where the loyalty of a shinobi lies. It also signifies equality among shinobi of the same village. In order to be considered an official ninja, one must graduate and earn one of these headbands. Rogue Ninja put scratches in their village symbol on these to signify their defection from that village. They can also serve a practical purpose, acting as a forehead protector.
Some shinobi, particularly the Akimichi clan, wear plated armor. Its most obvious use is as protection from basic attacks. Due to the hardness of the armor, it can also be used to strengthen the power of physical attacks. It seems that armor can be personalized to a degree, as Choza and and Choji have the kanji for 'food' on their armor. Armor can also be worn under a shinobi's usual clothes, though less armor can be worn.
Cloaks are actually some of the most versatile clothing. They can serve many purposes, such as ceremonial clothing, a show of status, to conceal ones body and weapons, or as protection from weather. These can also come in a variety of designs.
Main article: Flak Jacket
Flak jackets are a form of padded protective clothing designed to provide at least partial protection from things such as blunt-force trauma, shrapnel and other projectiles. This can be seen when it protected Iruka Umino from kunai and fūma shuriken while he was searching for Naruto and the Scroll of Seals and was ambushed by Mizuki. They can also prevent lethal injuries from swords and other weapons as seen during Baki's fight with Hayate Gekkō. For the most part, they have superseded the plate armour widely used by shinobi during the Warring States Period and the First Shinobi World War. They are usually worn by chūnin and jōnin over their normal clothing in most villages, although the design varies among the villages and have also changed over time.
- Wearers: Medical Ninjas
The Konoha medical ninja have been shown wearing off-white robed clothing over white-beige clothing. This seems to serve no other purpose than to discern medic-nin from the usual ninja.
- Wearers: Akatsuki
These hats are simply circular hats made out of straw. However, these can be used to hide one's identity, or as a way to protect oneself from unsavorable weather.
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