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I was a bit surprised just now when I loaded my game again and went into third person view by accident that my character seemed to be only wearing underwear with a few pieces of armor on top. It turns out that I was mistaken and that you can wear individual armor pieces on top of your actual clothing.

So now I'm wondering how many different slots for clothing and armor there are actually, and which pieces I can wear at the same time.

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You can wear an armor piece for each limb plus your chest and head and then a thin garment underneath. This means you can wear your vault suit or some other clothing and have a piece of armor on each arm/leg and your chest/head, and these will be rendered on top of each other when you zoom out. You can also wear some eye wear which can add a further minor boost to stats.

Note that some items of armor will completely remove all other armor (for example the Haz Mat Suit will remove everything and you'll have to put it all back on again afterwards).

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    And some piece of eyewear if you want. My dude looks really stupid but I am wearing it because it gives + 1 to PER – FoxMcCloud Nov 11 '15 at 17:14
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    When hovering on "undergament" items, the Pip Boy body locations will not highlight/flash. For the full-body items, the Pip Boy body locations will highlight/flash. – Yorik Nov 11 '15 at 17:26
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    You can actually wear 3 pieces of "armor" on your head: A mask to cover your mouth, glasses, and a helmet or hat. Gas masks cover all 3 at once. – Nolonar Nov 11 '15 at 23:24
  • A list of what constitutes "armour", "clothing" (worn under armour), and "outfits" (replaces some/all armour) can be found at: fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_4_armor_and_clothing – Michael Campbell Nov 23 '15 at 9:41
  • @Nolonar The bandana is purely aesthetic. For that matter, stuff that only occupies the eyewear slot doesn't add to any defensive values either. So I wouldn't quite call that "armor" either. But it at least does something, whereas mouth-slot-only gear adds nothing. – Iszi Jan 21 '16 at 22:53
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There's nothing wrong with Kalina's answer, but here's some more information.

You have 9 equipment slots, not counting weapons:

  • Hat
  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Clothing
  • Chest
  • Left Arm
  • Right Arm
  • Left Leg
  • Right Leg

Many pieces of equipment will take up more than one of these slots. Equipping an item will remove any other piece of equipment occupying that slot.

You can tell which slots a piece will take by looking at which parts of the body light up when you select the equipment in the Inventory screen.

Examples:

A bandana will take up the mouth slot. This is compatible with most helmets and glasses.

The Assault gas mask will take up all three head spots: hat, eyes, and mouth. This is true of other closed helmets as well, such as a Synth Field Helmet. Equipping a pair of glasses would unequip these items, as they share the eyes slot.

The Grognak outfit will take up the clothing and chest slots, but leave open everything else, allowing you to wear armor on all four limbs. If you were to put on chest armor, it would unequip the Grognak outfit.

An environment suit will take up all the slots. You will have to put everything back on individually after putting on an environment suit, and equipping any other item will unequip the environment suit.

You can get more information on which slots are left open by specific pieces of armor and clothing on Nukapedia, specifically in the Free Armor Slots column of the Outfits table.

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