Cue Card Sample

Expensive clothing you have bought lately - Cue Card # 610

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

Describe a piece of expensive clothing which you have bought lately.

You should say:

  • what type of clothing you bought
  • how much it cost you
  • why you bought it

and explain how you felt after you bought it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

I have never really been in favour of buying expensive clothing primarily because they tend to look worn out and old rather quickly most of the time, no matter how expensive they really are. But the other day, about a couple of months ago, I did buy an expensive winter coat because my grandfather offered me the money as a “gift” and wanted me to buy something really “classy”.

Until these recent years, winter in my country wasn’t really very cold, and so I didn’t really need to buy any heavy winter clothes. But, lately, winters are becoming rather cold. On top of that, I also found out that most of my winter clothes were either worn out or looked rather “faded” for wearing. So, when the offer to buy good winter clothes came, I took up the offer and decided to buy an expensive winter coat. 

The coat cost me an equivalent of almost US $300 which was quite expensive by the standard of my country. Anyway, the coat was really nice and fitted me really well. It was made of pure and top-quality leather, and it was water-proofed. The waist-length winter coat was also of a nice and mild brown colour. However, I think that the best feature of that winter coat was that it was not really heavy even though it was made of pure leather.

After buying that winter coat, initially, I felt that I shouldn’t have spent so much money on buying that coat because up until that point I had never really bought such expensive clothes. But, later on, I convinced myself that the money was well-spent primarily because it was indeed a good product and that I would be able to wear the coat for a long period of time. Besides, it indeed made me feel really comfortable as I wasn’t exactly struggling to cope with the harsh winter anymore. Finally, I thanked my grandfather for buying me such a “classy” winter coat as it looked really good on me.


Model Answer 2:

I love fashion. So, well, let me tell you about this amazing piece of clothing I recently splurged on. Thank you very much for the time and chance to let me talk about this topic.

It's this gorgeous leather jacket that I've been eyeing for months, and finally, I have purchased it. The leather jacket is a sleek and stylish piece, crafted with impeccable quality and attention to detail, making it a timeless addition to my wardrobe.

Now, I'll admit, it wasn't exactly cheap. In fact, it cost me a pretty penny, but it was worth it! I mean, the craftsmanship, the quality, it's like a work of art. I am very much delighted that I have bought it and I love to wear it.

So, why did I buy it? Well, besides the fact that it's super stylish and looks like something straight out of a fashion magazine, I also needed a new jacket for the upcoming winter season. And let me tell you, this dress is going to keep me warm and toasty all winter long while also making me look stylish.

But you know what the best part is? The feeling I got after I bought it. It was like this rush of excitement and satisfaction all rolled into one. I mean, sure, my wallet may have taken a bit of a hit, but sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?


Model Answer 3:

I have recently bought a trench coat known as Maison Margiela from a branded shop in Berlin, Germany. This is a gorgeous coat and comes in the latest fashion and style. The coat has some special features and fastening capacities. I would like to thank you for this nice topic and would further describe why I have purchased it, how much it has cost me and my feelings regarding my purchase of this coat.

I bought the coat from Harvey Nichols – a renowned clothing brand across the country. It took 1000 Euros – a bit expensive for a student like me but I could not resist owning the coat because of its amazing look and feel. I have planned that I would adjust a few other costs a couple of months from now on to cover the extra expense.

I bought the trench coat considering the comfort it offers and the cold weather during the winter. It is fashionable and the special cuts on the coat body are very attractive. The coat comes with stone cut double-breasted buttons on the front side. The belt that I use to fasten the coat is detachable. The fabric is made of pure cotton and it comes with a dry cleaning facility.

After purchasing the coat, I had a mixture of feelings. First of all, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction to have the coat. But when I considered the price, it appeared that I spent exorbitantly. I have spent almost all my pocket money on the coat. However, I am happy to have a dazzling trench coat like this one.

Sample Answer 4:

Although my wardrobe is full of trendy and upscale clothes, I could not restrain myself from buying a really expensive dress by Burberry- which is one of the most expensive clothing brands in the world. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about it.

The dress I have bought is a Tiered Jersey which is a type of fluid jersey T-shirt dress with a tiered skirt and crystal-embellished brooch. It had two colours- black and blue and I purchased the black one. It is not casual wear and I have planned to wear it on special occasions like a birthday party. I purchased it from an outlet in London a few months ago and it cost me exactly one thousand and eight hundred Pounds Sterling!

Frankly speaking, it won’t be an exaggeration to call me a cloth horse. Whenever I see a trendy dress or feel like I should buy a particular piece of clothing, I feel an urge to have it. On this particular occasion, I was visiting a friend in London and strolled on the street for a while with her. The dress caught my eyes and I entered the showroom of Burberry. I ended up paying a large sum of money for this dress. I bought it because I liked it and this is often the case with people who have a great zeal for shopping - specifically for dresses.

How did I feel? Well-  Firstly, I regretted buying such expensive branded clothes, but after a few minutes, the attraction to having such a dress for the first time evaporated my concern. If I tell you right now how I feel, I would say I am trying to be more rational - you know what I mean.


Your ability to talk about the topic "Describe a piece of expensive clothing which you have bought lately" would enable you to talk about the following topics as well:

1. Describe a dress or costume you have purchased recently.
2. Describe something expensive you have bought lately.
3. Describe a piece of clothing you really like.
4. Describe an expensive item you own.
5. Describe an item of clothing you would like to purchase.

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