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  • Hi, I'm Justin.

  • Welcome to Oxford Online English!

  • In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about clothes and fashion in English.

  • Can you describe the clothes you like to wear in detail?

  • Do you know how to compliment someone on their style?

  • In this lesson, you'll learn how to do these things and more.

  • Let's start with the basics: what are you wearing right now?

  • Hello, Molotov Fashions, how can I help?

  • Hi!

  • Yeah, I made an order online, but there's a problem with it.

  • I'm sorry to hear that.

  • What's the problem exactly?

  • I ordered a floral-print silk scarf, but you've sent me a patterned wool scarf instead.

  • I'm sorry to hear that.

  • What was your order number?

  • 5633BQ Let me see

  • Yes, I see it now.

  • So, you can return the silk scarf using the label you received in your package.

  • I see you also ordered a striped cotton top.

  • Did that arrive okay?

  • Actually, no!

  • You sent me a plain denim shirt.

  • Oh, I am sorry!

  • We really messed that up.

  • So, you can return those two items, and we'll send out your leather jacket and your velour

  • tracksuit.

  • Leather jacket?!

  • Velour?!

  • What are you talking about?

  • Look, maybe I'll just return the items for a refund.

  • Of course.

  • I'm sorry, our computer systems are a little unreliable.

  • You don't say.

  • In this dialogue, you heard different words to describe patterns and materials.

  • Can you remember any?

  • You saw these words for patterns:

  • floral-print patterned

  • striped And: plain

  • There's one common pattern which is missing.

  • Do you know it?

  • You could also have check clothing, for example a check shirt.

  • You can say check or checkedthe meaning is the same.

  • You can use print with many different things.

  • For example, you could have a fruit-print dress, or an eagle-print T-shirt.

  • You can use patterned for any clothing which has some kind of pattern which doesn't fit

  • any of the other words.

  • What about materials?

  • Can you remember the words from the dialogue?

  • You heard these words for materials:

  • silk wool

  • cotton denim

  • leather And: velour

  • Velour is a kind of soft material.

  • It's not so common.

  • If you're talking about clothes and you want to describe the pattern and the material,

  • put the pattern first.

  • For example:

  • a floral-print silk scarf a plain denim shirt

  • Or: a striped cotton top

  • Now, it's your turn to practice!

  • Pause the video and make three sentences to describe your clothing.

  • Include the pattern and the material.

  • You can say your sentences out loud, or write them down.

  • Ready?

  • Let's move on.

  • So, what do you think?

  • It's okay, but it's a little loose, and the sleeves aren't long enough.

  • Would you like to try a smaller size?

  • But then the sleeves will be even shorter!

  • I think I need to try something else.

  • How's that one?

  • It looks like a good fit to me!

  • Hmm

  • It's a little tight around the shoulders.

  • I think it goes well with your shoes.

  • Did I mention that we have a 20% discount today?

  • I'm not sure about the style, either.

  • It's a little too hipster for me.

  • Would you like to try something else?

  • No, I don't think so.

  • Thanks for your all help.

  • When you buy new clothes, of course you want them to fit well and look good.

  • But, sometimes they don't fit well.

  • They might be too tight or too loose.

  • Maybe it's just too big or small in one place.

  • Then, you could say something like:

  • It's tight around the shoulders.

  • Or: It's too big around the waist.

  • Notice how you say the shoulders and not my shoulders.

  • What other problems could you have with how clothes fit?

  • Do you remember what happened in the dialogue?

  • You could also say:

  • The sleeves aren't long enough.

  • Or: The collar is too tight.

  • Useful words here are too and enough.

  • You can use them to express similar ideas, like this:

  • The sleeves aren't long enough.

  • Or: The sleeves are too short.

  • With these phrases, you can talk about fit, but what about style?

  • If something doesn't match your personal tastes, you could say something like:

  • It's too casual for me.

  • It's too old-fashioned for me.

  • Or: It's too fancy for me.

  • When the shop assistant in the dialogue was trying to persuade me to buy something, he

  • said:

  • It goes well with your shoes.

  • This is one way to say that something looks good on someone.

  • You could also say something like:

  • It suits you.

  • Or: It matches your eyes.

  • We have a question for you: what's your personal style?

  • Do you prefer smart clothes, or casual?

  • Plain, or colourful?

  • Let us know in the comments!

  • Next, let's look at some more ways to compliment someone on their clothing.

  • Is that a new shirt?

  • Yeah!

  • Do you like it?

  • I do!

  • It looks good on you.

  • Thanks!

  • It makes you look much slimmer.

  • What do you mean?

  • I mean

  • I just

  • I like the fit; that's what I meant to say.

  • Hmm.

  • Don't be so moody!

  • You look very smart.

  • You should wear smart clothes more often.

  • It's a good look for you!

  • I'll try to find more clothes that make me look slimmer, then.

  • Oh, don't be ridiculous.

  • So, if you want to compliment someone on their clothes, what can you say?

  • You can use phrases you heard before, like it suits you, but in the dialogue you heard

  • some more phrases, such as:

  • That looks good on you!

  • Or: It's a good look for you.

  • You could also comment on a particular aspect of the clothing:

  • I like the fit!

  • I like the style!

  • Or: I like the colours!

  • You can also make a more personal compliment, like this:

  • It makes you look slimmer.

  • Or: You look very smart.

  • You can use these phrases in different ways.

  • For example:

  • It makes you look younger.

  • Or: You look very elegant.

  • Now, you can describe clothes in detail, talk about the fit and style of clothes, and compliment

  • people on their clothes in English.

  • There's one more thing we have to show you.

  • Are you ready?

  • Don't tell me you're going like that!

  • What do you mean?

  • It's a formal event.

  • You need to dress up.

  • Go get changed!

  • This okay?

  • No!

  • You need to put on a tie.

  • And take off those awful shoes.

  • But these are the only shoes I have!

  • You are a nightmare!

  • Well, we have just about enough time.

  • We'll stop at the shop on the way and buy you some black shoes.

  • What if they don't fit?

  • I need time to try them on before I buy them.

  • You should have thought about that earlier.

  • There are many phrasal verbs connected with clothing.

  • Can you remember the ones you heard in the dialogue?

  • There are simple verbs, like put on and

  • Wait, what's the opposite?

  • Did you say put off?

  • We hope not!

  • The opposite of put on is take off.

  • If you need to put on some different clothes, then you need to get changed.

  • There are other verb phrases with get, like get dressed or get undressed.

  • If you're shopping for new clothes, you should certainly try them on before you buy

  • them, to make sure they fit and look good.

  • And finally, if you're going to a formal event, you'll need to dress up.

  • Dress up means you put on your smartest, nicest clothes, usually for a special occasion.

  • Now, we have a question for you: what's the best place to buy clothes in your city?

  • Tell us where to go in case we visit!

  • You can share your ideas in the comments.

  • Don't forget to check out our website to find more free English lessons: Oxford Online

  • English dot com.

  • Thanks for watching!

  • See you next time!

Hi, I'm Justin.

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A2 BEG US clothes fit dialogue compliment print clothing

How to Talk About Clothes in English - Spoken English Lesson

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    John Yu   posted on 2020/08/29
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