Mongolian dress has changed little since days of the empire, because it is supremely well-adapted to the conditions of life on the steppe and the daily activities of pastoral nomads. Mongolians like to wear nice, richly decorated clothes which compensate the simple, ascetic lifestyle. A harsh climate and uneasy life demand attention to smallest details of clothes. The nomads' wardrobe is compact but has many variations able to serve for different purposes.
The deel is the traditional Mongolian costume, still widely worn throughout the country, especially outside the capital. The typical deel is made of wool and worn by both sexes although fancy women's deels will have an outer layer of silk bearing simple embroidered patterns, and some rich Mongolian men own suede deels. Deel protects perfectly against cold and winds. If necessary, its long sleeves are rolled down to serve as gloves. Wide sash, made of several meters long textile, serves as a corset protecting against severe shaking during a fast horse ride. It also serves as a hanger to which a knife, firestone, cup and other accessories can be attached. Modern deels often have decoratively cut overlaps, small round necklines, and sometimes contain a Mandarin collar.
Mongolian's have always treasured their headwear and it is one of the most colorful and original items of Mongolian dress. Each hat was richly embroidered with silk, velvet, ornaments, furs, even precious stones. The hats embroidery and ornaments would also indicate the social status and even age of its owner.
Mongolian people wear boots that toes of boots are upturned and they do not have laces or zippers, making them easy and quick to slip on or off in a hurry. They can be worn in all sessions with thick felt socks added in winter and removed in summer. Stiff and high bootlegs protect when walking in summer high grass and winter snow. The upped nose leaves enough air space to prevent from getting cold in winter. Boots are made of the skin of cattle or in special cases, skin of such wild animals as deer, wild goat or sheep. Though shoe making is a long and tedious process, traditionally it was female duty to make them.