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I'm curious. In the movies, they wore ties and really nice shirts, but I don't think that's how it was in the books?

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Magical briefs? –  Max Apr 11 '14 at 16:58
Since Hogwarts draws on the old, British college system like Oxford and Cambridge I would speculate they have to wear "subfusc" like is worn there, which is apparently a suit, shirt, tie. etc. Whether this is supported by the books or not I don't know. It probably explains why they selected that for the movies at least. –  Lawton Apr 11 '14 at 17:12
@lawton more like Eton, Oxford and Cambridge are universities. Rowling herself didn't go to a posh school, so she was just guessing all the details. –  Gaius Apr 11 '14 at 19:11

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In the books, there's basically no mention of wizards wearing anything under their robes other than underpants (or in extreme cases nothing at all).

Order of the Phoenix

Snape was hanging upside-down in the air, his robes falling over his head to reveal skinny, pallid legs and a pair of greying underpants.

Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry took off his black school robes, removed his wand from his pocket, and stuck it inside the T-shirt he was going to wear under his Quidditch robes

Deathly Hallows (edited by me for brevity)

She led them down a side street, then into the shelter of a shadowy alleyway. ‘When you say you’ve got the Cloak, and clothes …’ said Harry, frowning at Hermione, who was carrying nothing except her small beaded handbag, in which she was now rummaging. ‘Yes, they’re here,’ said Hermione, and to Harry and Ron’s utter astonishment, she pulled out a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, some maroon socks and, finally, the silvery Invisibility Cloak.

Ron, hurry up and change …’....‘When did you do all this?’ Harry asked, as Ron stripped off his robes....‘You’re amazing, you are,’ said Ron, handing her his bundled-up robes....

[note the lack of mention of him covering his little wizard while he changed]

Goblet of Fire

Harry, Ron and Hermione joined it, right behind a pair of men who were having a heated argument. One of them was a very old wizard who was wearing a long flowery nightgown. The other was clearly a Ministry wizard; he was holding out a pair of pinstriped trousers and almost crying with exasperation. ‘Just put them on, Archie, there’s a good chap, you can’t walk around like that, the Muggle on the gate’s already getting suspicious –’ ‘I bought this in a Muggle shop,’ said the old wizard stubbornly. ‘Muggles wear them.’ ‘Muggle women wear them, Archie, not the men, they wear these,’ said the Ministry wizard, and he brandished the pinstriped trousers. ‘I’m not putting them on,’ said old Archie in indignation. ‘I like a healthy breeze round my privates, thanks.’

I personally like to think that Hermione is wearing this under her robes, but that's just me.

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