Clothing and Fashion




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

What does the man wear when he visits his friends?

The man says, "If I’m going to visit friends, I generally dress casually. I wear jeans, and I might throw on a t-shirt."

What is the dress code for clothing in the workplace?

The man says, "In the past, I made it a habit to dress up for work in a suit and a tie because it was important to give a good impression, but more people are dressing down in the workplace, and this is more accepted now."

Everyday, I try to dress for the occasion. If I’m going to visit friends, I generally dress casually. I wear jeans, and I might throw on a t-shirt. In the case of a date, I usually wear a nice dress shirt-, but nothing too formal. In the past, I made it a habit to dress up for work in a suit and a tie because it was important to give a good impression, but more people are dressing down in the workplace, and this is more accepted now. When I exercise, I generally wear some shorts and a shirt, and I put on comfortable shoes. Overall, I think new fashions are replacing traditional ones, but I also think we should also try to preserve typical traditional clothing. It’s a part of our culture and heritage.

Part 2: Discussion

What kinds of clothing do you wear for exercise in different situations? How has fashion changed over the past 50 years in your country?

Part 3: Role Play

Imagine that you need clothes for school. You have about US $300 to spend, but you don’t know if you want to buy new clothing from a popular fashion clothing store, or a used clothing store across the street from your house. Were would you go to buy clothing and why? Explain your reasons.

Part 4: Online Investigation

Let’s suppose that you are preparing to go to a job interview for the jobs listed below. Use to the Internet to find clothes appropriate for the situation. You only have $100 to spend for each situation. Explain your reasons and report on your findings.

college professor, computer programmer, car salesperson, taxi driver, musician 

Part VI: Online Listening Practice – From Randall’s Other Web Sites