Casual vs. formal clothes vocabulary

Clothes questions

  • What is your style of clothes?
  • Do clothes you wear effect your personality and character?
  • Can a new fashion style help you to build confidence and self-esteem?
  • Would you change your clothing style to fit in?

Types of clothing styles interactive exercise intermediate-advanced

Compare individual and conservative styles of fashion with an interactive exercise. Click on the picture below👇

Job interview at fashion magazine video exercise

Key video vocabulary

The devil wears Prada video exercises

Watch the video. What does Miranda think of Andy?


Watch again. What is true?

Miranda is wearing formal and smart clothes

Andy looks casual and stylish

Andy is a minimal classic woman

Miranda looks confident and businesslike

Andy follows fashion trends


Complete the gaps with suitable words:

Complete the gaps with your ideas

  1. Who are you?
  2. My name is __. I recently graduated from ___
  3. And what are you doing here? 
  4. Well, I think I could do a good job as _____. And… I came to ___ to be a/an ____ and then finally got a call from ___ Basically it’s this or ____
  5. And before today, you had never ____?
  6. ____
  7. And you have no ____ or sense of ___. 
  8. Well, I think that depends on .. Um, I was ___ of the ____. I also won a/an ___ competition for college _____
  9. That’s all… 
  10. Yeah, yeah, Ok, You’re right. I don’t fit in here. I’m not ____ or ____ and I don’t know that much about ____ but I’m smart. I learn fast and I will work very hard…. Thank you for your time! 

Speaking activity

Describe the life of a girl in the picture below using the words: to graduate, to work, to learn, to buy, a sense of..

Fashion magazine interview discussion questions

  1. What is Miranda’s opinion of Andy?
  2. Does Andy look confident or insecure? When?
  3. Would you like to have such a boss as Miranda? Why? Why not?
  4. How do you have to dress to work for a fashion magazine?

More interactive exercises:

Fashion styles and clothes speaking activity

Look at the picture below. Describe their fashion styles and character

Emily has her own style. She doesn’t have mainstream attitudes and she likes to stand out from the crowd. Her style makes a political statement for freedom and creativity. She is quite honest and kind of friendly. She gets so happy when she talks about art and music.

Where do you buy your clothes?


Complete the sentences with your own ideas

  1. I buy my clothes __ (where?)
  2. My favorite store is called _
  3. You can find _ there
  4. My favorite type of clothing style is _
  5. I think __and stuff like that is in fashion
  6. I like/don’t like to stand out from the crowd because __
  7. I wear businesslike, smart and formal clothes when __
  8. I guess, I rather wear __ and _ as well
  9. It is a little bit _ but_
word order examples

Clothes and fashion discussion

Casual and formal clothes types vocabulary

Formal clothes Casual clothes
efficient stands out from the crowd
analytical thinkerown style
mainstream attitudes casual and stylish
down-to-earth anti-establishment feelings
a minimal classic womanmakes a political statement
formal and smartcreative ideas
businesslike doesn’t follow fashion trends
Clothes mindmap

Additional videos fashion and fast fashion

Learn more about types of clothes vocabulary and sustainable fashion with a British council video lesson


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