Clothes is a follow-up speaking topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 3. Below you will find a list of some exam questions and answers that you could encounter during part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test.
The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking part 3 prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.
Clothes Speaking Part 3 – Discussion 1
- What influences people’s choice of clothes in your country?It seems that one of the biggest influences now is the price. It’s become a more throwaway society and people, especially young people with less money, want six cheap t-shirts instead of one good one and they wear them a couple of times and then discard them. There are a lot of influential websites and personalities that people listen to as well.
- On what occasions or national holidays do people put on special costumes?In the UK there isn’t a nation costume although there are many regional ones. It is very popular for people to wear fancy dress when they get the opportunity. This can be at a themed event like Halloween, or on a special night out like New Year’s Eve, or often people dress up in silly costumes to go to sports matches, especially the cricket.
- Do you think the fashion industry affects the choice of clothes for different age groups?Yes, as I mentioned before, younger people like to wear a different outfit each time they go out and so the fashion industry makes cheaper more mass-produced stuff for them. Older people tend to want clothes that will still look good in five-years time and so they may go for more classical styles and higher-quality. In the end, choice always depends on the individual.
- Do you think people will start dressing in similar clothes in the future?I think that people will want to create their own style but will realise that buying a lot of things, like clothes, is not good for the environment and that maybe people will start trying to personalise what they are wearing more. They call it accessorizing. You have a more basic wardrobe but add things like scarves, belts, hats etc to make it more personal.
Clothes Vocabulary Speaking Part 3 – Discussion 1
- Throwaway society – A society that discards rathers repairs broken items
- Fancy dress – Elaborate dress, often worn by a particular character or group
- Outfit – Set of clothes wore together
- Wardrobe – The clothes you own
- Have you ever given somebody clothes?I am also giving my brother hand-me-downs because he is younger than me and at university, so he has a tight budget to spend on clothes. We are more or less the same size and build so we can share clothes. It annoys me if he takes something without asking but occasionally I borrow something from him too.
- Would you prefer to wear a uniform or normal clothes?Personally, I would rather wear a uniform to work so that I could keep my own clothes clean and wear them for social occasions. A uniform is easier because you don’t have to decide what to wear and the clothes won’t get spoiled. Of course, if the uniform was hideous like it is in some shops I would probably change my mind.
- Do you think wearing a uniform has advantages and disadvantages?I think it is convenient to have a uniform and you save money on buying your own clothes. On the other hand, a uniform can be uncomfortable if the shape or material doesn’t suit you. Also, most uniforms are one-size-fits all so they are not very good for people who are different shapes, very tall or overweight.
- Why do some countries wear traditional clothes?For some countries, clothing represents their national or religious identity. Wearing traditional clothes can be part of the rules or it can give the person a sense of belonging in that community. In many cases, the clothing is designed logically, for example long and light materials in hot countries. In Western culture we have a lot of personal freedom about what we choose to wear
Vocabulary for Discussion 2
- tight budget – small amount of money to spend
- spoiled – ruined
- hideous – ugly
- overweight – fat (more polite)
- What are the main factors affecting your decision when you are choosing clothes?The main factor that affects my decision about the clothes I choose is whether or not it suits me. If it looks and feels good I know I will be more confident wearing it. Of course, I also consider the price, I´m not into designer labels but I do like good quality items.
- Do you think fashion shows have an impact on what we wear?I don’t really think that fashion shows are that influential, most of the outfits are not made for real life and some of them are quite ridiculous. The biggest influences are probably fashion magazines and social media adverts which have translated the ideas into more wearable pieces.
- Do you think fashion trends are changing too often?In my mind, fashion is changing far too frequently and there has become a ‘throwaway’ culture around clothes. When clothes are made cheaply, the workers don´t get paid well which can be unethical. Also, the impact of the environment is substantial so I really think people should be aware of where their clothes come from and how long they are going to last
Vocabulary for Discussion 3
- suit somebody – looks good on them
- outfits – clothes
- be aware of – be conscious of
- Can clothes make people feel more handsome or beautiful?I believe that, because beauty is a very subjective matter, clothes do have a power over people’s perception of themselves. If a person wear clothes that do not feel like them, they will both feel and look uncomfortable while wearing them.
- How do you think the concept of beauty has changed over time?Despite an existing occasional generation gap with conflicting views on what are appropriate appearance choices in society, individual freedoms seem to have expanded compared to the way they were in past decades, and even more so, centuries, allowing people to express themselves as they see fit.
- What makes up beauty in your opinion?To me, beauty is extremely subjective. Although it may sound cliché, I personally think it is more than just how someone looks. Someone could be the most attractive person in the world, however, if their personality is full of ego and lacks kindness, their appearance would mean nothing to me.
- What factors do you think influence the way people define beauty?I believe that the concept of beauty changes as people’s views evolve. Commercials and magazines shape people’s minds, and lead them to decide what is or isn’t fashionable. However, there is more diversity in fashion styles, which helps people decide what beauty means to them on an individual level.
Vocabulary for Discussion 4
- subjective = dependent on personal views
- generation gap = where older and younger people have views that are so different, they may not be able to agree on some subjects
- conflicting views = opposing opinions
- as they see fit = as they deep appropriate
- cliché = a thought that sounds unoriginal and is overused
- ego = self-esteem
- lacks = is missing
- shape people’s minds = change how people think
- on an individual level = on a personal level