When would I use 着(ki) as opposed to 衣 (i) to refer to a karate gi (空手着 or 空手衣)?

As I understand it, 着 refers to something you wear, literally being used as a noun for "suit of clothes" and being the root of "kimono."

衣 refers to clothing and is always a noun.

What is the usage case between the two? Is one more formal than the other, or more recognizable in writing?

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