How to Talk About Clothes in English – Spoken English Lesson

How to Talk About Clothes in English – Spoken English Lesson


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 checked—the 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!

100 thoughts on “How to Talk About Clothes in English – Spoken English Lesson

  1. what size is this shirt Always another important things is that people often work until they are 80- sometimes until 90! In they okinawan dialect

  2. I really like fashion. In our country, we have an idom: "A girl will be more beautiful because of her style". For me, not only beautiful, she will be more confident, more attractive, as well. I like simple and polite style. When I go to work, I often wear shirt and skirt, mixing and matching them is my favorite. In the parties, I always get dressed. Sometimes, I am busy, lazy or I am late, I will put on a black cotton dress or a denim jumpsuit.
    I am impressed with Victoria Beckham’style. She is elegant and chic, not colorful or spruce. The big bows or flowers are not my style.
    In my country, you can buy clothes in the shop or shopping mall. If we have the same style, I can take you to my favorite shops :).
    Please, correct for me. Thank’s in advance.

  3. Wwwww well done
    Really this channel we learn more beneficial things that help to speak clearly English language
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  4. I like casual clothings usually plain and sober colours. Sometimes I like to wear striped T shirts and maybe check shirts but I never wear florals. Online shopping is very irritating ;I don't find it a good way of shopping. I think shopping from a brand is better, at least you're sure about the quality.

  5. I prefer casual and plain shirts while going to office whereas, colorful and fancy dresses but, not gaudy for parties

  6. Hello… these videos are great and the teachers too..♥️♥️
    Lots of love from Bangladesh♥️
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  7. I have some questions I speaking a little bit but i couldn't heard native speaker just like you what can I do to improve my English skills …….

  8. This video means a lot to English aspirants. I have downloaded it by tube mate as I have to make the most of it. Thanks to u, guys. Way to go!

  9. Very useful video u r really such great teachers I hooe u make at least two videos weekly if possible I really benefit these lessons but I need more in the future

  10. Sir could you help me with these three phrase and the difference between them

    Will do
    Can/could do with
    It serves the purpose

  11. Let me see
    I have a lot of place to buy the clothes and my country have a lot of small shop:)))If you have the opportunity come to VietNam ok i will take you come places to buy clothes

  12. You are teaching perfectly and very important information, when the quality of the sound of video will be clearer it will be better, because I often watch your videos 😉.
    Regards

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  14. I am wearing a Brown shoes, also ligth blue jeans, one sweater with lines red, white and dark blue and one black jacket.

  15. I am dressed in a white jacket, black pants and black boots.
    I have one black suitcase.
    I have a black strap, a watch and white earrings.

  16. I really learn something new from you all when I watch your lessons. You have helped us all to learn English better so thank you very much and I request you to upload more and interesting videos with new words and phrases speaking around you

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