Let’s talk about fashion!
Even if you are not really interested in fashion, or you don’t know what is fashionable, there are some words and expressions to talk about clothing. We are going to have a look at them now.
Sleeve: The sleeve is the part of a shirt that holds your arm. Shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, and coats all have sleeves.
Short-Sleeved: When a shirt has sleeves that come over the shoulder and then stop, it’s a short-sleeved shirt. I think short-sleeved shirts are more comfortable in the spring and summer! And most T-shirts are short-sleeved. When you play sports, you mostly want a short-sleeved shirt.
Long-Sleeved: Long-sleeved is obviously the opposite of short-sleeved. When a shirt has sleeves that come all the way to your hands (or almost all the way to your hands), it’s a long-sleeved shirt. Some people wear long-sleeved shirts with a collar to work. If you wear a suit and tie, you probably have a long-sleeved shirt on.
Collar: The part of a shirt that goes around your neck is the collar. Though, technically, every shirt that has an opening for your head has a collar, we normally use the word to refer to the part of a shirt that covers your tie. When you think of a suit, you probably think of it with a long-sleeved shirt with a collar.
Crew-neck: T-shirts don’t have a collar, not the kind you use for a tie. They are what we call crew-neck shirts. Crew-neck describes any shirt with just a round hole for your head. T-shirts are the most common crew-neck shirts, but you can also buy crew-neck sweaters.
Turtleneck: If you wear a shirt that has what looks like a third sleeve for your head, you’re probably wearing a turtleneck.
Old-fashioned: Do you know anybody who likes things the way they were fifty or a hundred years ago? Old-fashioned is the opposite of modern.
Taste: When you are talking about your taste, you are talking about the things that you like. The cars that are your taste in cars. And, if you only like old-fashioned clothes, then you have an old-fashioned taste in clothes.
Modern: Modern means recently made, or with a new design.
Trendy / Fashionable: When we talk about clothing, we don’t normally say modern. Because tastes change almost every month, the newest taste in clothing is called trendy or fashionable.
Trend: You can use the word “trend” for more than clothing. A trend is the direction things are going, or the newest thing.
Fashion: The clothing you see most people wearing on the street is the current fashion. The current fashion isn’t always the newest thing (sometimes old fashions “come back”), but the current fashion is seldom cheap!
Non-conformist: Almost everyone knows what the newest trend is, or what the current fashion is, but there are a lot of people who try to wear clothing that is the exact opposite of what is fashionable. We call these people non-conformists.