Discussion Topic - Clothe

Discussion Topic - Clothe.

Part 1: Introduction & Interview

Q. 1. Where do you buy most of your clothes? [Why?]
Answer: I try to buy most of my clothes from some big and popular shopping centres mainly because they have a huge collection of clothes from different brands form which I pick up my favourite clothes. Besides, most of the times, the stores at a big shopping mall offers a great discount on their clothing items which make my purchases rather cheaper.

Q. 2. How often do you buy new clothes for yourself? [Why?]
Answer: I try to buy new clothes only once in a couple of months, unless, of course, I am attending some ceremonies or celebration, mainly because my clothes don’t exactly become old or worn out before a few months or so. Besides, I try not to waste money on “unnecessary” things if I don’t need them.

Q. 3. How do you decide which clothes to buy?
Answer: Well, before I buy any clothes, I think whether I need those clothes in order to wear them during some kind parties/ceremonies or I just want them for casual use. Once I make up my mind, only then I buy my clothes. Sometimes, the seasonal factors (clothes for summer or winter) also influence my decision in buying my clothes.

Q. 4. Have the kinds of clothes you like changed in recent years?[Why?/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I think the kinds of clothes, I liked in the past, has changed significantly especially with regard to their styles and types of fabrics. Of course, today’s clothes have more unique styles and fashions but the quality of fabrics has deteriorated in my opinion.


Part 3: Details Discussion

Q. 1. What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country? Why?
Answer: I believe it depends on what kind of works people do, and what kinds of dress codes the companies choose to put in place. For example, if they work at an office environment, they usually put on their trousers/pants and full-sleeve shirt with ties because that’s usually the business professional attire standard in my country. On the other hands, if they are working in a factory environment, they either wear jeans with a shirt or a “draped” garment to cover the lower part of their bodies and a shirt because of the flexible and casual working environment in a factory.

Q. 2. How have clothes fashions changed in your country over the last few decades?
Answer: Time changes and so do the styles, fashion ideas and the way people dress with it, especially, when we are living in a world which is more like a “globalized village” and when people can easily learn about the styles and fashions of other countries and communities in just a “click” of a few computer keys. Anyway, today we have more fashionable clothes in my country, made from a variety of fabrics, in order to make ourselves comfortable in any kind of environments and weather systems which we could only dream of about a few decades ago. Besides, the young generation is more inclined to western fashions today than they were a few decades ago.

Q. 3. What is the difference between clothes that young people and old people like to wear?
Answer: I sometimes wonder if there really is any significant difference between the clothes of young people and that of old ones today! Well, I don’t really think so because both people want to look good and feel good when they wear any clothes. Both the young and old people today want to fit in any kind of environments and weather conditions so that other people can understand and appreciate their fashion ideas and styles. Both the old people and young people today want to make sure that they look “unique” in their clothes no matter what they wear and when they wear them. Having said that, some old people still prefer traditional dresses while young people are bold in their sense of fashion and clothing.

Q. 4. What influence has the fashion industry had in your country? Why?
Answer: The fashion industry has had a significant impact and influence in my country because, one way or another, it has affected the lives of our people and the society as a whole by redefining our lifestyles and culture anew. In fact, what we eat, where we go, what we enjoy and what we wear have all been affected by the fashion industry of my country. Of course, the economic activities as a whole have increased in my country, due to our fashion industry, as people today want to find satisfaction in new trends and styles, but we have also become “superficial”, to some extent, in the process.

Q. 5. What do you think will be the effects of the fashion industry in the next ten years?
Answer: Well, I have a feeling that in the next 10 years, the fashion industry will lose its appeal to consumers, along with their niche fashion ideas, in the traditional sense because consumers will define and dictate the terms of fashion rather than the fashion industry. In other words, there will be consumers’ effects on the fashion industry and not the other way around. And when that happens, the so-called “brands” will have only as much appeal as any other regular companies, competing with each other to fit into their customers’ expectations.

Q. 6. How does advertising influence what clothes and dresses people choose to buy? Is this true for everyone?
Answer: Advertising significantly influences what clothes and dresses people choose to buy by displaying the clothing items in a glamorous way as well as by appealing to their fashion sense by being “creative” on different kinds of media outlets. Regular consumers most of the times are unsure about what to buy or what to wear when, and the advertising companies take advantage of this “natural weakness” of the consumers in order to “push” a certain kind of clothing item or fashionable item. However, luckily, this is not true for all consumers.

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