IELTS Cue Card Sample 416 - Describe a type of clothes or dress you like

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a type of clothes/ dress you like.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what it looks like
  • how often you wear it

And explain why you like it so much.

Model Answer:
Oh dear, this is a challenging one for me. I don’t really think about clothes very much, I’m not much of a follower of fashion or a ‘clothes horse’ as the saying goes. I just like to be comfortable, and inconspicuous. Hmm, even so, I’ll think about what I instinctively put on the other day, when I had no particular obligations that required me to dress in a certain way so I just put on exactly what I wanted. There couldn’t be a more accurate way to judge what I really like to wear than that!

In life, we often have to wear certain things to be acceptable and presentable in particular situations. Of course I’d wear a suit if I was going to a job interview, and I have been known to put on a dress if I was going to a wedding (though that really isn’t a sight you see very often!) If I’m going for a run, I’ll pull on leggings and a sports top, which is really comfy, but not what I’d wear at home. I’m going to tell you what I wear by choice, what it looks like, how often I wear it and why I like to so much.

I think I must be a bit of an odd shape because I find it really hard to get clothes that fit me well. I’m quite short, and a bit top heavy, so things that fit the top of my body can swamp my lower half, so I always prefer to wear a separate top and bottom rather than a dress say.  If I’m having an at-home day (that is, a day when no-one will see me and be horrified at how informally I’ve dressed) then I’ll go for what is most comfortable every time. My flat can be really cold, especially at this time of year in the winter, so I like to wear something that is as warm as possible. So, my outfit of choice the other day was a pair of stretchy black pull on jodhpurs with an elasticated waist and a fleece jumper.  The jodhpurs are old and worn but incredibly comfy and roasty toasty warm to wear. I also had on really thick knee length socks, because they are warm too, and the soles of the socks are quite thick, which means I can get away without putting any shoes on if I’m just pottering about at home. I am always more comfortable with bare feet indoors, but just now it’s winter and a bit too cold for that, hence woolly socks are the order of the day. For my top, I pulled on an over-sized fleece. Again, it is lovely and warm and stretchy too. It is also black, so I’m dressed like a stage hand at the theatre! (Perhaps you don’t know, but the people who shift scenery between acts for stage plays are always dressed completely in black so they disappear into the background when they are moving things around.)  I definitely don’t look glamorous and I hope that I won’t have to answer the door to the postman or anyone else as I look a bit of a mess quite frankly. However, if I’m really honest, if I could get away with wearing such casual and comfortable clothes every day then I absolutely would.

So, when I was getting dressed for an ‘at-home’ day the other week, I didn’t expect I’d be telling you all about my clothing choices now, but somehow, I don’t think I’d get away with pretending I lounge about my flat wearing a ball gown and heels. I’m just not the dressy type.  Others might describe dressing up for a night out, for me, it’s all about dressing down for a night curled up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris:  Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]

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