Vocabulary: Talking about CLOTHES in English


Hello, and welcome back to EngVid. You’ve found
the right place to learn English. Today, we’re going to be learning to speak about
clothes, about choosing the right clothes, giving compliments, the names of
different styles of clothing. So first things first, instructions. If you’re
holding a party, you might tell them to arrive in a particular type of clothing. You might
say, “Dress up.” Okay? You expect them to dress up. You’ll maybe say to the women to
wear skirts and maybe even say to the guys, “Wear a tie.” Okay? If it’s
a smart, smart occasion. “Vamp it up!” is a bit of a party term. If
you’re a girl and you’re inviting other girls to come and party with you, “Vamp it up.” You
expect mascara and make up, etc. Obviously not for the guys. Don’t worry. “Put your glad rags on!” This is another phrase
about partying. Kind of put your, sort of, retro flares on and your,
kind of, checked shirts. You’re going out for
a night on the town. Now, I know we’ve got some viewers who live
in Russia. You might want to “wrap up warm”. I’m going to Norway this weekend, and I’ll
certainly be wrapping up warm. Or you could just say, “Wear a shirt and tie” or, “Put
on a colourful jacket.” Maybe you’re having a fancy dress, okay? “Fancy dress” is where
we wear — maybe you dress up as Mr. Men or as superheroes. “Fancy dress” is a
particular type of character party. Good. Other types of clothing, “Sunday best”. You go
to church, and you have a nice Sunday lunch. You’d ask them to put on their “Sunday
best”, their best clothes for a Sunday. If it’s a, kind of, smart, sort of, business
networking — perhaps at someone’s house — maybe “smart casual”,
respectable clothing. “Evening wear” is a little bit more smart,
okay? “Evening wear”, kind of, suits, shirts, ties, maybe “black tie”. That would suggest a bow
tie. Or in America, you call that “tuxedos”, okay? Or “professional work attire”. That’s,
kind of, the kind of clothes that you would go to the office in. Now, I’m going to be going to a party this
evening, so I’ll just go and spruce up. See you in a little bit. So I’m ready for my party. I’ve put my after-shave
on. And, wow. Look at her. She’s looking pretty good. I need to think of some compliments,
some nice things to say about the clothes she’s wearing. A nice simple one, I could say, “Great outfit.”
Or, “You’re looking great.” Now, if I’m talking just about the clothes, I could say, “That
— those trousers go really well with the top you’re wearing.” Or, “It works. It really
works with your hair, the hair colour and trousers.” Or, “The top, it just so suits
your particular eye type, your eye colour.” So you can pair the colours of their hair
and their eyes.” Or you could just say, “That really suits you.” Okay? “Suits”
is the same word as a business suit. You can use it as a verb as well.
“It really suits you.” Now, some more compliments. You can use “so”
as a, sort of, substitute for “very”. So I could say, “You’re looking so smart.” Or,
“You’re looking so elegant, so graceful, so stylish.” Or, “You’re looking dapper.” “Dapper”
is more often used about men than it is about girls. But it’s a great adjective for
saying that you’re looking good. Now, some nasty things to say about what someone’s
wearing, some criticisms. “I am sorry, but those colours just don’t work on you” or,
“Those colours, they don’t really work very well with you. They don’t suit you.” Okay? Or
if I just don’t think their clothes balance with them, I could say, “You don’t really
pull that off.” Like, if I were wearing a yellow checked suit with a pink spotted
shirt, my wife would say to me, “Benjamin, you can’t really
pull that one off.” Okay. Now, if you’re very knowledgeable about fashion,
you could say, “That’s a bit last season.” Okay? “Season.” We’ve, you know, spring, summer,
autumn, winter. And fashions, you have spring fashions, summer fashions. “A bit last season.
The clothes you are wearing are a bit 2012.” Now, particular things with the clothes. If
the colour is a bit faded — can you all see my trousers? The colour, it’s a bit faded.
Okay? It’s a bit torn. Can you see here? My trousers, they’re torn. I jumped over a fence
to get into a festival, and now, they’re torn. Okay? “Ripped.” It’s
the same thing. That’s the end of my lesson on clothes. I
hope you’ve learned how to compliment, how to ask people to turn up in certain types
of clothes. Now, if you want to test what you have learned, go onto the EngVid website,
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