English Listening Test: Clothing & Fashion

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English Listening Test: Clothing & Fashion

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Question 1
When Shayna was a child, she enjoyed:
braiding hair
going hiking
playing with boys
Question 2
In college, her style was:
Question 3
She finds shopping for clothes frustrating because:
it's hard to find clothes that fit
it takes too much time to go from store to store
clothing is expensive
Question 4
She thinks designer clothing is:
Question 5
She thinks fashion is important:
because people judge you on your appearance
for feeling comfortable and confident
to get better opportunities in your professional life and love life
Question 6
Shayna wears high heels:
Often, because she is short and wants to look taller
Seldomly, only on special occasions
Never, because they make her feet hurt
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Transcript / Vocabulary:

Growing up, clothing and fashion were not important to me at all. I was definitely a tomboy, not a girly-girl, so I would rather play sports or go hiking than dress up or braid hair or play with makeup.

English Listening Test: Clothing & Fashion Espresso English

tomboy = a girl who likes more typically “masculine” things, like sports

girly-girl = a girl who likes more typically “feminine” things, like flowers, princesses, and the color pink

braid hair = to put hair into a style like in the picture

And I took this lack of fashion sense into college, where I dressed mostly in T-shirts and soccer shorts. I only really started paying attention to my clothing when I started to work, and then I started to buy clothes that were a little more professional, more attractive, and more flattering for my body type.

flattering = something that looks good on a particular person

But despite this transition, I still don’t really enjoy the process of shopping for clothes. For me it’s more frustrating than anything else – mainly because it’s so difficult for me to find clothes that fit. I’m short, so usually pants need to be hemmed, and my body type is very muscular, so it’s just difficult to find styles that fit me and look good on me at the same time.

hemmed = shortened

I don’t have a favorite store, and I really couldn’t care less about designer clothing. In my opinion, it’s overpriced, and you’re paying really for the name, and to impress other people with the fact that you have a $300 pair of jeans.

couldn’t care less = completely don’t care

designer clothing = clothing created by famous designers (Calvin Klein, etc.)

I also pay no attention whatsoever to what’s trendy or what’s in style. In my opinion, fashion is a very individual matter, and not every style is going to look good on every person, and also not every person is gonna feel comfortable with every style; I think it has a lot to do with your personality and how you express yourself through your clothing.

trendy / in style = what is popular at the moment

I think fashion is important in the sense that you need to feel comfortable and confident in your clothing. I’ve always enjoyed the TV shows where they take a person with no fashion sense whatsoever and some professional stylists give them a complete makeover.

makeover = giving a person a completely new and improved appearance

They throw out all the clothing in the person’s wardrobe, they take them shopping, and they teach them how to pick out clothes that are flattering for their body type and that will look good and the person will feel good. And what I love to see is the boost in self-esteem that it usually gives to the person.

wardrobe = closet

boost = increase

But on the other hand I also think it’s important not to get obsessed with clothing and fashion, because it’s very superficial, and we shouldn’t judge a person by their appearance and by what type of clothing they’re wearing (or not wearing.)

judge = form an opinion about someone/something

The only piece of fashionable clothing that I really can’t stand are high heels. I think they’re uncomfortable, not practical, and they always make my feet hurt. I don’t enjoy wearing them at all. And so I only put on high heels for really really special occasions, such as my wedding – but it’s always a relief to slip them off afterwards!

English Listening Test: Clothing & Fashion Espresso English

can’t stand = strongly dislike

high heels = the type of shoe in the picture

slip them off = remove (a piece of clothing) from your body


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