Women's clothes

"What do you normally wear to work?" asks Livia. "Well, if I am seeing a client, I usually wear a white blouse, a dark jacket and a knee-length skirt or sometimes smart trousers. And high heels, definitely. That's my equivalent of a man's suit - except for the heels of course, but I read somewhere that high-heeled shoes give a woman authority normally associated with a man. Why are you asking anyway?"


"Well, I used to work mostly at home, writing, so I would normally wear a sweatshirt - you know, one of these big cotton sporty tops - and a pair of yoga pants (= tight but comfortable cotton pants). Now that I am back to working at the clinic I should probably wear something less casual, smarter, but I don't really know what to choose." "If I were you, I'd go for cardigans in basic colours, combined with more flirty, feminine tops."

"What do you mean, tops?" "All sorts of little T-shirt-like things, or camisoles - similar to T-shirts, but without sleeves - or simple dresses, this will save you the trouble of choosing a top and a bottom, since a dress replaces a skirt and a top." "I wish I could still wear my sweatshirts. It's just so much easier!" "I know, I wish I had this kind of comfort too."


EXERCISE 1

Give words for these definitions.

  1. a T-shirt without sleeves = …………………………………..

  2. shoes which are not flat = …………………………………..

  3. a sweater with buttons = …………………………………..

  4. tight but comfortable cotton pants = …………………………………..

  5. a skirt between mini and maxi = …………………………………..

  6. the opposite of smart = …………………………………..

  7. a big cotton sporty top = …………………………………..


EXERCISE 2

Which of the clothes from the text do you wear:

- at work

- at home

- when you go out with friends?


KEY

Ex.1

  1. a camisole

  2. high-heeled shoes

  3. a cardigan

  4. yoga pants

  5. a knee-length skirt

  6. casual

  7. a sweatshirt

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