Ielts speaking fashion and clothes

Fashion & Clothes

Part 1-style questions

Examiner: Do you enjoy buying clothes?

Pedro: I used to yes like most young people I was a bit of a slave to fashion and I’d

always have to buy that must-have shirt or pair of shoes I’m not so bothered now though I

wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing something old fashioned but I’m not as bothered as I used to

be about what I wear

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Fashion & Clothes 
Part 1-style questions 
Examiner: Do you enjoy buying clothes? 
Pedro: I used to  yes  like most young people I was a bit of a slave to fashion and I’d 
always have to buy that must-have shirt or pair of shoes  I’m not so bothered now though  I 
wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing something old fashioned but I’m not as bothered as I used to 
be about what I wear  
 a slave to fashion: someone who always feel the need to wear the latest fashions 
 old fashioned: not in fashion any more 
 must-have: something that is highly fashionable and therefore in demand 
Examiner: What kind of clothes do you like to wear? 
Marco: I prefer casual clothes actually  I hate getting dressed up for special occasions  
personally I think it’s possible to look good in a pair of jeans  but that’s my opinion  I don’t 
think my wife would call me a fashion icon that’s for sure  
 casual clothes: not formal 
 to get dressed up: to put on nice clothes, often to go out somewhere special 
 to look good in: to wear something that suits you 
 fashion icon: a person who is famous for their sense of fashion 
Examiner: Are there many clothes shops where you live? 
Sylvia: Yes  there are lots in my town  apart from the big chain stores we’ve got a couple of 
really nice shops that sell vintage clothes  old clothes but in a classic style that never really go 
out of fashion  I love going there  
 vintage clothes: clothes from an earlier period 
 classic style: a simple, traditional style that is always fashionable 
 to go out of fashion: to not be in fashion any more
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Part 2-style task 
Describe someone you know who dresses well. You should say 
 who they are 
 how you know them 
 what kind of clothes they wear 
 and say why you like the way they dress. 
Tomoko: I’d like to talk about one of my teachers  Miss Evans  she teaches us English in 
the school I go to  we always look forward to seeing what she’s going to wear when our 
lessons start  she’s always very well dressed and takes a lot of pride in her appearance  
it’s not that she dresses in very smart clothes  she doesn’t come to school dressed to kill or 
anything like that  but what she wears really suits her  and she has a great sense of style as 
well  we often ask her where she gets some of her clothes and most of the time they’re just off 
the peg  and she says she’s not interested in designer labels or anything like that  she 
doesn’t seem too concerned about keeping up with the latest fashion  she just wears clothes 
that are timeless yes  Miss Evans is the person I think looks great in the clothes she wears 
 timeless: something that doesn’t go out of fashion 
 well-dressed: to be dressed attractively 
 to have a sense of style: the ability to wear clothes that look stylish 
 off the peg: clothing that is ready made 
 designer label: a well-known company that makes (often expensive) clothing 
 dressed to kill: wearing clothes that attract admirers 
 to keep up with the latest fashion: to wear the latest fashions 
 to suit someone: to look good on someone 
 to take pride in one’s appearance: to pay attention to how one looks 
 smart clothes: the kind of clothes worn for a formal event
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Part 3-style questions 
Examiner: What factors do you think affect the clothes we choose to wear? 
Maki: It depends  where we are or where we’re going is a big factor  if you are going out to 
a club or party you’re going to dress for the occasion  and then there are those who think it’s 
important to look like they’re on trend  they’ll want to wear the latest fashions  there are 
lots of factors really  
 to be on trend: to be very fashionable 
 to dress for the occasion: to wear clothes suitable for a particular event 
Examiner: What kind of things determine what is in fashion and what we should be wearing? 
Martin: I suppose the big fashion houses and fashion shows must have an effect but the clothes 
you see on the catwalk don’t always reflect what normal people wear  so I suppose it will be 
things like what singers are wearing in videos or models are wearing in magazines  that kind 
of thing  
 fashion house: a company that sells (usually expensive) new styles in clothes 
 fashion show: an event where modals show off the latest in fashion designs 
 on the catwalk: the stage that modals walk along to show off the latest fashions 
Examiner: Is it possible to look good without spending lots of money on clothes? 
Corinna: I’m sure it is  yes  I suppose it’s about having an eye for what looks good  
knowing how to mix and match different items of clothing that go well together  I think you 
can pick up great bargains in charity shops  sometimes for youngsters even hand-me- downs 
can look good  
 to mix and match: to wear different styles or items of clothing that aren’t part of a set 
outfit 
 hand-me-downs: clothes that are passed down from older brothers or sisters to their 
younger siblings 
 to have an eye for (fashion): to be a good judge of 
Addition: 
 fashionable: in fashion 
 the height of fashion: very fashionable 

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