59 Clothes

What are you wearing? Six people describe what they are wearing.

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Conrad, The United States
speakerWhat am I wearing today? I'm wearing my Japan national soccer jersey. It's not really a jersey. It's more of a polo shirt. I bought it right during the World Cup and I was a proud supporter of Japan's team. Unfortunately, they didn't get as far as I had wanted them to. I'm also wearing some shorts just because it's a pretty hot day here on the 8th of September and we're going to go play basketball. Right, Todd?

Adrienne, The United States
speakerWhat am I wearing today? Today I'm very casual. I'm wearing pink sweat pants and a pink tank top and and I kind of look like a big piece of bubble gum because it's laundry day.

Matt, The United States
speakerToday I'm wearing my business attire. I've got a white button-down shirt, navy blue power tie. It's a little chilly outside so I've got a pullover. I've got some navy blue slacks that need to be ironed, some socks and a pair of shoes.

Simone, Sweden
speakerToday is my day off. Yesterday I was drinking so I'm wearing very casual clothes. A blue sweater and and just black jeans and I'm not wearing anything else.

Skip, The United States
speakerWhat am I wearing today? Well, Skip today has a striking ensemble. Started out with a Minnesota Vikings t-shirt that is actually a friend of mine who is also from Minnesota gave me this t-shirt - the Minnesota Vikings football team and that is set off by a dark Navy blue pair of pants that I bought in Sydney earlier this year and to complete the set a pair of brown socks. Yeah, definitely nothing very formal. Very much walking around clothes.

Barbara, Australia
speakerSo, what am I wearing today? I'm just about to go off to work so I'm wearing my work clothes which is black trousers, black boots and a black shirt with a collar and three-quarters sleeves. It's minimalist. It doesn't say too much but I think it makes an impact.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

power tie


I'm wearing a navy blue power tie.

A power tie or suit are clothes we wear for serious business.  They help us look more professional.  Notice the following:

  1. He wore a red power tie to the meeting.
  2. Power suits are always dark colors.

striking ensemble.


Skip today has a striking ensemble.

A fashion ensemble is a set of clothes and accessorries that are worn together.  The word is a bit formal.  Notice the following:

  1. Her Versace ensemble was far too trendy for work.
  2. That's a lovely ensemble.

walking around clothes.


I pack walking around clothes.

Walking around clothes are casual clothes we wear on weekends when away from work or school.  Notice the following:

  1. I only pack walking around clothes when I travel.
  2. I buy walking around clothes at second hand shops.



My style is minimalist.

Minimalist clothing uses very simple colors or patterns.  The best example would be a black shirt, black pants and black shoes.  Notice the following:

  1. The band was dressed in minimalist clothes.
  2. She's a fashion minimalist.

makes an impact.


I think it makes an impact.

Something that makes an impact has a big effect on people or things.  Notice the following:

  1. Dressing professionally makes an impact during interviews.
  2. His speech on the environment made an impact on me.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
power • ensemble • walking
minimalist• an impact
  1. I would love to go outside and get some exercise. Just let me change into some around clothes.
  2. She is a fashion , so all of her outfits look basically the same.
  3. His class made on me.
  4. That is a very interesting that you are wearing today.
  5. I feel more capable when I wear a suit.