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Fashion Sense

Melissa talks about what influences what she wears.

Todd: Well, what about clothes? Like, are you a brand name person?

Melissa: No, not at all. That's not my style.

Todd: Yeah, so what determines your style? What influences you?

Melissa: Well, what I do when I go shopping. I usually have something in mind that I want to buy, so either a certain color or just a certain item of clothing and then I look around at all the different shops and compare the best prices and things like that, and then I'll buy the one that's the best deal and I'll feel really good about it.

Todd: So for your style, do you look around and also you say, "Oh, I like what that person's wearing. I wanna dress this style" or do you just think, you have your own style and you don't care if it fits into a mold.

Melissa: I think it's a mix. I think that sometimes I'll see something that someone's wearing and I'll like it or want something similar and then of course that mixes in with things I already have, but I also like to make my own clothes, and remake clothes and things and things like that, so sometimes I'll remake something and realize that I need a sweater or something to go with it and then I'll just buy it based on something else I already have.

Todd: Oh, so you make your own clothes.

Melissa: Yeah, I don't do it from scratch a lot. Sometimes I'll go to a craft store and buy fabric and then cut it up and make a shirt from fabric, but often take a shirt or pants I already have and make into something. Like, I recently was living with a couple of roommates and my roommate was getting rid of all her old jeans so I cut her jeans up and cut a sweater up I had and then I made it into a jacket.

Todd: Oh, nice.

Melissa: Yeah.

Todd: And you still have it.

Melissa: Totally. I wear it all time.

Todd: Cool. Alright, well, thanks Melissa.

Melissa: No, problem.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

brand name


I'm not a brand name person.

A 'brand name person' only buys clothes from famous shops or designers. Notice the following.

  1. I buy most of my clothes at the Gap or Giordano, so I guess I'm a brand name person.
  2. My sister spends all her money on brand name clothes.

not my style


That's not my style.

Clothes we don't feel comfortable wearing are not our style. Here are two samples.

  1. Expensive designer clothes are not my style.
  2. I love sports but football shirts and baseball caps are just not my style.

fit into a mold


Her style doesn't fit into a mold.

Clothes that 'fit into a mold' are all the same style. Notice the samples.

  1. Mark's in a punk band so he really fits into a mold.
  2. She buys everything second hand. She doesn't care about fitting into a mold.

do from scratch


I don't make clothes from scratch.

When we do something from scratch, we buy the materials and make it ourselves. Here are some samples.

  1. When I was a kid, my mom used to bake cakes from scratch.
  2. Julie makes all her clothe from scratch.

a craft store


I buy fabric at a craft store.

A craft store sells materials and tools used for making creative things. Notice the following.

  1. We can buy materials to make the party decorations at the craft store.
  2. She buys pieces of fabric at the craft store.

Vocabulary Quiz

brand name • his style • into the mold
 from scratch • craft store
  1. She prefers to make her bread , but she doesn't usually have time.
  2. He did fit at his new school.
  3. If the clothes aren't he won't wear them.
  4. Athletic clothes are not .
  5. I want to go to the to look at the cloth.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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