“Never judge a stranger by his clothes.”
Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States
- a dress
- a shirt
- a sweatshirt /ˈswetˌʃɜː(r)t/
- sweatpants /ˈswetˌpænts/ (American English)
- a (white wedding) gown /ɡaʊn/
- a tuxedo /tʌkˈsiːdəʊ/ (mainly American English)
- a windbreaker
- a sari
- a raincoat
- a poncho
- overall (American English) / overalls (British English)
- a uniform
- a blouse
- a skirt
- a jacket
- a hat
- a scarf
- a trench coat
- a pullover / a sweter
- a sports jacket / a sports coat
- pants (American English) / trousers
- a shawl /ʃɔːl/
- a maternity dress
- a T-shirt
- a vest
- (blue) jeans
- a tie
- a (business) suit
- a coat
Christina: The shop assistant brought me this pair of trousers to try on, nut I couldn’t get into them at all – I was really quite embarrassed. Then I realized she’d brought me the wrong size.
Melanie: I saw a lovely top the other day that I thought would go with my red skirt. But when I tried it on, it just didn’t look right.
Jenny loves going to that little boutique in the High Street because they always wrap things up so beautifully.
Samantha: When I put on the dress I bought last week, I realized it was actually too small. So, I took it back to exchange it for a bigger size, but they’d sold out of size 12.
Tina: If you are on the lookout for a pair of sandals, it’s worth shopping around at the moment because there are a lot of bargains out there.
Emily: There’s some nice stuff on sale in the market. I tried on a skirt, but it was a bit on the tight side: I couldn’t do the zip up.
Stephanie: I tried on this lovely dress, but when I came out of the changing room, the shop assistant started laughing. I had it on back to front.
- To try sth. on – to put on a piece of clothing, often in a shop, to see if it fits and how it looks
- To go with sth. – to look good in combination with sth.
- Boutique /buːˈtiːk/ – a small fashionable shop
- To wrap sth. up – to cover sth., e.g. a present or parcel, completely in paper
- To put sth. on – to cover a part of your body with a piece of clothing or jewelry so that you are wearing it (the opposite is to take sth. off)
- To take sth. back – to return to a shop with sth. you have bought because it is broken or not suitable
- To sell out of sth. – if a shop sells out of sth., it has no more of that particular thing left to sell
- To be on the look out for sth. – to be trying to find sth.
- To shop around (for sth.) – to go to a few shops before you decide what particular thing to buy
- Bargain /ˈbɑː(r)ɡɪn/ – something that you buy that costs a lot less than normal
- On sale – available for people to buy
- On the tight side – slightly too tight
- To do sth. up – to fasten sth.
- Changing room (British English) = fitting room
- To have sth. on – to be wearing sth.
- Back to front (British English) = inside out – with the inside part facing out
CLOTHES, CLOTHING or WEAR?
Clothes (always plural) are the things that you wear. Clothing (uncountable) means clothes in general or clothes of a particular type. Wear (uncountable) is clothes that are suitable for a particular activity or group of people. Compare:
- This shop sells sportswear. Where can I buy good footwear? She has seductive evening wear (sometimes eveningwear).
- Clothing is among people’s basic necessities (clothes in general). I don’t have any suitable waterproof clothing (particular type of clothes).
- You need to wash your clothes! I’m going to put on some clean clothes (some specific things, like shirts, dresses, skirts etc.).