Mixer #9 | Intermediate B1

Is fashion important to you?

Listen to six people talk about how important fashion is to them.

Eucharia, Ireland
speakerFashion, well, I can only go shopping once a year so I'm not very fashion conscious. I like clothes that fit me rather than, and suit me, rather than brand labels. I especially love shoe shopping when I go home and my aim is to look nice, not particularly fashionable, but classic, that'll do.

Jim, England
speakerFashion isn't really important to me. I just want clothes that look fairly smart and don't smell. If they got holes in them, that's no good but I'm not a follower of fashion.

Jeannie, United States
speakerIs fashion important to me? Not really. I usually wear whatever is comfortable. I don't usually care about name brands or anything like that. I just go with what looks best on me and, yeah, it's got to be cool.

Kate, New Zealand
speakerFashion is not so important to me, but I do sometimes like to put an effort into how I look and into my appearance. I think that fashion expresses who you are and it can differentiate you from others but however on the other hand, people can judge you on fashion and your appearance and this is not a good thing. You should look further than the appearance.

Rina, Canada
speakerFashion is not important to me. I try not to be a slave to corporate logos and I just know what I like and I dress the way I like and if I see something that is in fashion and I like I'll wear it and if I see something that isn't in fashion, or is in fashion and I don't like it, I won't wear it.

Marion, Ireland
speakerNo, I don't think fashion is very important. I think it's more important to wear clothes that you're comfortble in and clothes that express your personality in some way, so perhaps sometimes I'll see something that's the latest fashion and I might like it but usually, if it's something a bit crazy, I don't like it, but sometimes, then after awhile, after I see a lot of people wearing it, it grows on me.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

suit me


I like clothes that suit me.

When clothing 'suits you,' it means that it looks good on you. It is a good expression of who you are.  Notice the following:

  1. If you like sports, then probably shorts, a t-shirt and tennis shoes suit you.
  2. My teacher wears cool clothes, but he's so old that they don't suit him.

look smart


I want clothes that look smart.

When clothes 'look smart,' they are neat, clean and in good condition. Usually clothes that look smart are a little bit formal or serious. Notice the following:

  1. David Beckham always looks smart.
  2. Europeans usually dress smarter than Americans.

name brands


I don’t usually care about name brands.

'Name brands' are the names of the companies that make clothing. Notice the following:

  1. I hate name brand clothing.  Everybody wears it.
  2. Because of marketing, name brand clothing is usually expensive.

a slave to


I try not to be a slave to corporate logos.

'A slave to' corporate logos thinks that labels are very important. For instance, if you are a slave to corporate logos, you might be willing to pay more for a bag or shirt, just because of the label on it.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm a slave to Levi's.  I won't wear any other jeans.
  2. My girlfriend's a slave to brand name labels.

grow on [me]


After I see a lot of people wearing it, it grows on me.

To have something 'grow on you' means that you slowly start to like it. Sometimes we like a product immediately, but sometimes we have to see it many times before we like it.  Notice the following:

  1. At first, Ray Ban sunglasses reminded me of the 80's, but now they're starting to grow on me.
  2. When Jack moved to Japan, he didn't like the food, but now it's starting to grow on him.

Vocabulary Quiz

suit you • looks smart • name brands
slave to • grow on
  1. No matter what we are going to do, she always .
  2. Your new glasses really .
  3. I think those hats are actually starting to me.
  4. Some are worth paying more because the quality is much better.
  5. She is like a fashion. She always has to have the latest styles.

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