Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 116 - Describe your favourite item of clothing

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

Describe your favourite item of clothing.

You should say:

  •  what type of clothing item it is
  •  where you got it
  •  how expensive it is

and explain why you like this particular clothing item.


Model Answer 1:

I’m not much of a clothes horse, to be honest. As I’m not very interested in fashion, so at first, I thought this topic might be quite hard. However, I’ve thought of one. I’ll tell you what it is, when and why I bought it and why I like it so much.

The item is in itself unremarkable. It is a purple Craghoppers long-sleeved shirt. It is made of a quick-drying poly-cotton blend and the fabric has some stretchy qualities which make it easy to wear. The fabric keeps out the sun, and the design incorporates a couple of pockets, one of which has a zip so you can keep small items securely on your pockets. It is designed as a travel shirt, and to be honest, was rather expensive compared to clothes I would normally buy.

I bought the shirt online ahead of travelling to South East Asia. It was just coming out of winter in the UK, but I’d be going to a hot climate. I wanted something lightweight and comfortable to take with me. It was the wrong time of year to be browsing shops in England, they were all still full of winter clothes, so I just had to trust the description on the site that this would be a good buy, but I was nervous in case it didn’t fit or wasn’t practical. I shouldn’t have worried.

I LOVE this shirt. It is incredibly comfortable to wear, the colour suits me quite well, and even though it is designed as a travel shirt, it’s actually smart enough to wear for work if you match it with some respectable trousers (or a skirt I suppose, but I never wear skirts!). It washes brilliantly, and if you shake it out and put it on a hanger it dries crease-free within an hour or so. The hidden pocket is handy for carrying emergency cash, and I like to have a hanky with me too – there is a pocket for that as well. Because the shirt is so comfy, and much harder wearing than I expected, I wore it almost all the time on my travels. This means that the shirt is now linked to very many happy memories of places I’ve been, people I’ve met and adventures I’ve had. I wish I’d bought loads of them at the same time. I’ll be heartbroken when it eventually wears out as one day it surely must.

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


Sample Answer 2:

To tell the truth, I have a number of favourite clothing items, depending on what I like to wear on what occasions and what time of the year. For example, I have a favourite clothing item for the summertime while another for the winter. But, since this is wintertime, I would like to talk about one of my favourite clothing items which I like to wear during this cold season.

The name of this favourite clothing item is called “Blazer”. Of course, we all know what a blazer really is in general, but, to be more specific, it is a single or double-breasted men's jacket which is buttoned near the waist and ending at the bottom of the buttocks. This distinct piece of clothing has endured for a century because it builds out the shoulders of a man while also exaggerating the trimness of his waist at the same time, and its solid lines allow the eyes to move up and down the body without actually being jarred to the right or left.

Luckily, I already have one of these clothing items, and it is made of wool, apparently because I like to wear it during the wintertime only in order to keep myself warm. By the way, a blazer can either be expensive or affordable depending on what kind of fabrics it is made of. For example, if it is made from pure wool or brushed cotton, it would be expensive. But, if it is made from some kind of polyester or synthetic fabrics, it would be rather affordable. So, really, its price depends on your taste in the fabrics.

I like this item of clothing, primarily because it helps me keep warm during the winter season, especially, when I am going out of my home. Besides, it is also one of those clothing items which make a man look elegant. Finally, it is one of my favourite clothing items also because it is so versatile, as I can wear it for any occasion both formally or casually with any other kinds of outfits.


Model Answer 3:

There are many dresses I really like to wear, and out of those, the leather jacket that I have is my favourite. This is a brown stylish jacket that I purchased almost 2 years ago. I bought it from an expensive brand shop which mainly sells winter clothing.

After I moved to the capital city of our country around 2 years ago, I found that my winter dresses were not serving me well in terms of keeping me warm enough and keeping up with the fashion trends. So I planned to purchase a new winter dress. And I ended up buying this leather jacket. Now, it is a favourite piece of clothing that I have in my collection. I visited several shops and markets and was having a hard time finding a stylish and good looking jacket. All of a sudden this one caught my eyes and after trying it on me, I decided to purchase it.

I wear it only during the winter season, and this jacket protects me from the chilly and cold weather. I can wear it with both casual and formal dresses, and that gives me a great advantage. Besides fashion, this cloth offers utilitarian values as well. I feel comfortable in this dress, and it did not cost me a lot of money.

I don’t have a huge collection of dresses, and I do not purchase dresses that I would not wear. But sometimes I find myself in a dilemma when I purchase a dress and later on find it very ordinary. But this leather jacket was exceptional. I have felt great joy after I purchased it, and still, this is the best winter jacket I have. For all those reasons this dress has become my favourite piece of clothing that I have.


Similar Cue Card Topics:

Your ability to talk about this topic would enable you to talk about the following topics as well:

  1. Describe your favourite dress.
  2. Describe an item of clothing you have bought recently.
  3. Describe a dress you wear occasionally.
  4. Describe a traditional dress in your country.
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