I've spoken to several of my students about clothes recently, including what to wear for a wedding (remember that the bride should wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?), as well as the type of clothes people wear to work. Employees are expected to wear a suit and tie (or similarly formal clothes for females) in many workplaces, but some workplaces have a more informal dress code. A lot of companies in the UK have "dress down Fridays", where every Friday people working there are allowed to wear jeans and other more casual clothes than they wear during the rest of the week.
Some people like to wear designer clothes, while others prefer high street shopping. It's also possible to buy your clothes second-hand from charity shops, and if you are a younger sibling you may have received hand-me-downs from older brothers or sisters: I know my sister did!
I've also discussed school uniforms with my students. They are fairly uncommon here in Spain, but almost every school pupil in the UK has to wear one. Some of the advantages we discussed were that there is no need to choose what to wear every day and it makes it harder to differentiate between poorer and richer pupils. As for the disadvantages, they can be uncomfortable, and parts of the uniform are expensive.
A lot of my students also had questions about how to describe different accessories in English: types of jewellery, for example: earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. We also discussed brooches, handbags, gloves and different types of headwear such as hats, caps, hair bands and, for weddings, fascinators!
What are your favourite clothes? What do you think about the idea of school uniforms? You can comment with your ideas in the box below!
to dig out (phrasal verb) = to find something you haven't used for a long time (can also mean "to dig something out of the ground")
a scarf (pl. scarves) = a piece of cloth you wear around your neck to keep warm
knitwear = clothes made from wool, the material from a sheep's coat
a suit = a jacket and trousers or skirt made from the same material
a tie = a long piece of cloth which a man ties around his neck, worn with a shirt
a dress code = the rules about what you should wear in a particular place
casual (adj.) = relaxed and informal
second-hand = owned or used by someone before you
hand-me-downs = clothes which have been passed down through the family
to differentiate = to see or show a difference between things
jewellery = decorative objects worn on your clothes or body
an earring = a piece of jewellery that you wear on your ear
a necklace = a piece of jewellery that you wear round your neck
a bracelet = a piece of jewellery that you wear round your wrist
a ring = a piece of jewellery that you wear round your finger
a brooch = a piece of jewellery with a pin to attach to your clothes
gloves = a piece of clothing that covers your hands
a fascinator = a small, decorative item worn by women instead of a hat at weddings and other special occasions