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train • pinned • stunning
sown • really slender
  1. Your hair looks so nice up like that.
  2. That bag is cute, but I think it will break easily, because it is a lot of different fabrics together.
  3. Her wedding ring is .
  4. Those pants make you look .
  5. Her dress has a long , but you can pin it up so she can dance.
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669 The Wedding Dress
James talks about his sister's wedding dress and what other people wear to a wedding.

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long train

My sister wore our mother's original wedding dress, which had a long train.

The 'train' on a dress is the long part on the skirt that gets pulled on the floor behind a woman when she walks. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think you want a dress with a long train?
  2. You have to be careful that you don't step on that long train.

pinned up

She spent about an hour at the hairdressers to get her hair pinned up.

When you 'pin your hair up' you put it up on your head with metal clips to hold it in place. Notice the following:

  1. I always wear my hair pinned up, because I hate it when it gets in my face.
  2. With that outfit, it would look better if you pinned your hair up.


When she came down the stairs, she just looked absolutely stunning.

Something 'stunning' is really, really beautiful. We usually only use this word to describe women. Notice the following:

  1. You always look beautiful, but tonight you look stunning.
  2. She is just one of those people who looks stunning from the second she wakes up in the morning.

sew into

She also had flowers sort of sown into her hair.

You 'sew' something when you attach one thing to another using string or thread. Here, the flowers were connected to her hair with thread. Notice the following:

  1. The plan is to sew this lace onto the back of that dress.
  2. You probably don't notice it at first, but there are some beads sown onto this shirt.


It seems like women were so much more slender back then.

'Slender' is another word for thin. Notice the following:

  1. Ever since she was a child, she has always been slender.
  2. You are looking very slender these days. Have you lost weight?