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As the title says, what is the difference between these two words? Do they both mean "to wear [clothes]"? When would it be appropriate to use one over the other?

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  • 着用する is more formal because it's a Sino-Japanese word. 着用する is almost never used in daily conversations. It is typically used in formal invitation letters, scientific articles, etc.
  • 着る is only for something you put on like shirts. 着用する can be generically used also with socks, skirts, hats, glasses, necklaces, etc. (But please don't overuse 着用!)

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