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  • Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on

  • "Talking About Dress Shirts". So, here, I have a dress shirt.

  • It is being held up by my wonderful assistant,

  • Steve, the spider. Thank you very much for your help today, Steve. I'll take you out

  • to your favourite restaurant afterwards. And dress shirts are also known as button-up shirts.

  • So, today, what I would like to do is just go over some of the basic parts of a dress

  • shirt, as well as talking about some of the verbs that we associate with dress shirts,

  • and, well, lots of clothing in general. So this information can be used in a lot of different

  • situations when talking about clothing.

  • So, we'll start from the top, and we will work our way down. So, from the top, we have

  • the collar of the shirt. So this is called the collar. Now, two verbs that we often use

  • with collars are: "Fix your collar", or: "Pop your collar". Now, again, "to fix your collar"

  • this means that maybe your collar is up on one side, like this, or there's something

  • wrong with it. You can just use the verb "fix". Fix your collar. Okay? Now, "to pop your collar"

  • is to do this, to put it up, because it looks so cool and ridiculous. So maybe not in the

  • context of dress shirts would you pop your collar, but the verb is "pop". Do you like

  • this look, Steve? Yeah, I don't really like it either. So I'm going to fix my collar and

  • put it back to normal.

  • Now, here we have a pocket. So, simply put, you can put things in your pocket. And this

  • part of the shirt, these are called your sleeves. Now, again, shirts can have long sleeves or

  • short sleeves. So, again, it can have long sleeves or short sleeves. Here, you have two

  • expressions that I put: "Roll up" and "roll down". So if it's time to work hard, you can

  • say: "Time to roll up your sleeves." So to roll up your sleeves is to do this. To roll

  • them down is to put them back down. And again, you can think about many contexts where you

  • roll up your sleeves. So if you have to go to the doctor and donate blood, or if you

  • have to, you know, it's really hot, you need to roll up your sleeves. Or if you just say:

  • "You know what? It's time to work hard. Let's roll up our sleeves."

  • And here we have cuffs. So, this part of the shirt, these are called your cuffs. And finally,

  • we have the buttons. So your shirt has buttons everywhere here. Right? Buttons, buttons,

  • buttons, buttons, and more buttons.

  • Now, let's continue talking about buttons by talking about some of the verbs and actions

  • that you can do with buttons. It's very exciting. I promise. Here we go. Okay, you ready, Steve?

  • So, buttons. Exciting stuff. Now, you can see in this shirt, the top button is not buttoned.

  • So if someone's button is not buttoned, you can say: "Your button is undone." or: "Your

  • shirt is undone."

  • Now, in this situation, you can also give advice to, you know, put the button how it's

  • supposed to be. And we have a couple of phrases that we can use to do this. So, you can say:

  • "Button your shirt up." You can also say: "Button up your shirt." So, this is a phrasal

  • verb, to button up. And it's a separable phrasal verb, so you can put the object in the middle

  • or at the end. So you can say: "Button your shirt up.", "Button up your shirt." You can

  • also use the phrasal verb to do up. So you can do the buttons up, or do up the buttons.

  • "Do up your shirt." or: "Do your shirt up." Okay? So I'm going to do up or button up the

  • final button, here. It's very difficult when it's a loose shirt. Still got it, Steve? Okay.

  • He's building his muscles right now. He's a strong spider.

  • Now, if you want to unbutton, you can simply say: "Unbutton your shirt." And just like

  • we have the verb "do", you can also use the verb "undo" to remove the buttons. So undo

  • your shirt, or undo the buttons, unbutton your shirt. You can also unbutton one button,

  • unbutton the top button or the bottom button. Whatever it is.

  • Okay, so if you'd like to test your understanding of all of this exciting vocabulary, as always,

  • you can check out the quiz on And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube

  • channel. I'll see you guys later.

  • All right, Steve, we're going to that restaurant now. Let's do it. What is it? The arachnobar,

  • something like that? Okay, anyway, we'll figure it out. See you guys.

Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on

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