Important & Advanced Clothes Vocabulary (with pictures) - Learn 200+ words! (+ Free PDF & Quiz)

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- Hello everyone and welcome back to "English with Lucy."
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Today, I have a vocabulary lesson.
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We are going to talk about clothes vocabulary,
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but not just the basic clothes vocabulary,
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we're going to go into detail.
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When you start learning English,
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one of the first things that you learn
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is "socks," "t-shirt," "shoes," "hat..."
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But there is so much more than that.
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There's so much more advanced vocabulary.
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What's the difference between a t-shirt bra
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and a pushup bra?
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Or boxers and briefs?
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What would you call this neck line style on a t-shirt?
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I am going to tell you all of this.
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As always, I have created a free PDF
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Let's get started with the video.
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I think we should start with "underwear"
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because, hopefully, that's what you put on first.
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Now, I am going to be talking
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about menswear and womenswear,
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but I completely understand that you can wear
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whatever you want, regardless of gender.
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We're just going from a vocabulary standpoint here.
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Let's start with men's underwear.
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In British English, we call men's underwear "pants."
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Now, in American English "pants" is what we call "trousers."
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So if someone from the US says, "Take off your pants,"
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it means, "Take off your trousers."
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But if a British girl says, "Take off your pants,"
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she might be flirting with you.
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Now, "pants" is a very general term,
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but we can be more specific.
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We have boxer shorts, or boxers,
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and these tend to have an elastic waist and baggy legs.
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"Baggy" means loose or not tight.
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Briefs, which are also known as y-fronts,
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are shorter and tighter.
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They're often referred to as "snug,"
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which means tight and close fitting.
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We also have boxer briefs,
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which have that same elasticated waist,
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and they have long legs which are tight fitting.
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Now, let's talk about the womenswear equivalent.
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In American English, they call women's underwear "panties."
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Now, we don't tend to say this in British English.
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"Panties" almost sounds like something you'd say to a child.
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It sounds quite childish.
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Which obviously, when you're talking about underwear,
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doesn't sit well with me.
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In British English, we say "pants" or "knickers."
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So that "pants" word is a really general unisex term.
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"Knickers" is generally referring to women's wear.
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Now, we also have lots and lots
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of different types of knickers.
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We have briefs.
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Now, these are often rudely referred to as "granny pants"
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'cause they're bigger,
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and they're not deemed to be attractive,
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but I can think of many occasions
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where having attractive underwear
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is not your number one priority.
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So briefs can be very, very comfortable and convenient.
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These cover you well, they are triangular,
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and they come up high, and they finish low.
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If you want underwear that holds you in
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and slims you and smooths your silhouette,
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then you have the option of control pants, or Spanx,
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which is actually a brand name,
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but because they were sort of the pioneers,
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like the Hoover...
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Spanx, they were the first in the market,
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so their brand name has actually become something
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that we use for any brand.
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We also have boyshorts.
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These are basically the womenswear version of boxer shorts.
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We also have knickers with just a thin strip at the back.
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These have many names.
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You can call them a g-string.
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I grew up playing the violin,
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and I always found it so funny when my G string broke.
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I'd tell everyone, "Oh no, I've broken my G string!"
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You can also call them "thongs" or "Brazilians."
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Thongs seems to be a really thin strip at the back,
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and Brazilians are slightly thicker at the back.
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Now, some important vocabulary: VPL
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Lots of women choose to wear thongs
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and Brazilians and g-strings
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to avoid the VPL, which means "visible panty line."
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This is where the edge of your underwear
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can dig into your skin and be visible through clothes.
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I know I much prefer a seamless look.
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"Seamless" means smooth without any joins.
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A seam in clothing is where two pieces of fabric
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have been sewn together.
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That's the seam there.
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Let's also talk about bras.
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These are very, very important,
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or not so important nowadays.
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It seems to be quite in fashion to not wear a bra.
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"Bra" is short for brassiere.
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but hardly anyone says that anymore.
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We just say "bra."
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There are lots of different styles.
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We have a triangle bra,
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which is, of course, in a triangle.
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Sort of more of a bikini shape.
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We have a t-shirt bra, which is a bra that's intended
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to be invisible under your t-shirt.
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A sports bra.
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This has lots of control,
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so there's minimal movement when doing exercise and running.
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We have a strapless bra with no straps.
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Straps are the pieces of material
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that go over your shoulder.
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We have a push-up bra,
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sometimes referred to as a Wonderbra,
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but again, Wonderbra is a brand.
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But because they were one of the early ones on the market,
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lots of people got used to saying "Wonderbra"
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for every brand.
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The correct brandless term is a push-up bra,
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and this is where you have extra sponge or filling
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to push up your cleavage and to create a bustier look.
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One last one we have is a bandeau.
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This is a strapless piece of material,
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normally without too much structure.
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There are two adjectives that you need to know
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when it comes to bras: "padded" and "underwired."
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If a bra is padded,
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it means it has an extra layer of material.
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This helps you have extra shape.
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If a bra is underwired,
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it means it has some wiring below the cup,
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again, to give extra shape.
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Lots of women avoid under wiring for comfort reasons.
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Let's move on to another underwear section:
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socks and tights,
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the things you wear on your feet and your legs.
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Let's start with socks.
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We have "trainer socks,"
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and these are socks that finish just below your ankle,
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so technically they should be invisible
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when you wear trainers.
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We also have "pop-socks,"
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and these just cover the outer part of your feet,
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so that they are invisible in most shoes.
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We also have ankle socks that come up to the ankles,
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mid-calf, over-the-calf, knee-high,
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over-the-knee and thigh-high.
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We also have what are called "tights" in British English,
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or "pantyhose" in American English.
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These are like long socks that come
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all the way up to your waist.
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So they are joined together at the top
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like a pair of leggings.
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The thickness of these are determined by the denier,
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which just describes the thickness of the yarn
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or material used to make them.
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20 denier pair of tights would be very thin and transparent,
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and 100 denier pair of tights would be very thick and warm.
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Stockings are a sort of cross
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between a pair of tights and socks
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that finish at your thigh,
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but they're normally in that tight nylon sort of material.
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Lastly, we have thermal underwear,
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which we wear under our clothes to keep us warm.
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We have longjohns, which are thermal trousers or leggings;
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an undershirt, which is usually a long-sleeved shirt...
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Vests are sleeveless thermal tops with thin straps.
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In general, we would just refer
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to any piece of clothing used to keep us warm
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as our "thermals."
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"Oh, I've got my thermals on."
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"Oh, I wish I'd put my thermals on."
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Right, we're done with underwear.
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Let's move on to what goes on the top half of your body.
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In British English, anything that goes
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on the top half of your body is generally called a "top."
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In American English, generally, it's a shirt,
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But a shirt in British English would imply
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this has a collar, buttons, and maybe cuffs.
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One word that you will hear a lot when talking about tops
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is "sleeves" or "sleeved."
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The sleeves are the parts of the garment
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that cover your arms.
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If something is short-sleeved,
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then it has short pieces of material on your arm.
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Long sleeves, the opposite.
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We also mentioned collars,
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which is the material that can cover your neck,
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and the neckline,
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which is essentially a hole for your head.
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I think neckline vocabulary is very important
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because different necklines suit different people.
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We have the v-neck.
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We have this; this is a boat neck.
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This has got a thin kind of crescent shape.
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A polo or turtle neck.
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We have a cowl neck, which has some extra material.
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And we also have a crew neck,
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which would be considered
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the most normal style of t-shirt neck.
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A sweetheart neck forms the top shape of a love heart.
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This is considered to be very feminine.
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Square neck, scoop neck, and a halter neck,
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where the sleeves come up and go around your neck.
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I love halter necks in the summer.
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A top can be sleeveless or strapless.
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It can be strappy, or have straps.
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I know my mum would say, "Oh, I love your strappy dress,"
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meaning your dress with straps.
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Really thin straps can be called "spaghetti straps"
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because they looked like a strand of spaghetti.
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We could have short sleeves, half-length sleeves,
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three-quarter length sleeves, or long sleeves.
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Now, in British English, a top with straps
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is usually called a "vest."
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In American English, it's usually called a "tank."
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Although, because here in Britain
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we consume a lot of American media,
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we do now use the word "tank" as well.
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But when I was younger, growing up,
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I would always say "vest top."
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But now I'm older, "tank top" seems to be just as common.
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This could be because brands are more international now,
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so they choose to use the American terminology.
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Something that's very popular at the moment, crop tops.
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These are short tops that finish under your torso,
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and they show your midriff, or your stomach.
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As I said before, "shirts" in British English
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refer to tops with buttons down the front
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and a collar and usually cuffs.
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We also have blouses.
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These are like feminine shirts.
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They're normally more loose fitting.
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They don't necessarily have the collar,
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and they're considered to be more smart and formal.
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Cuffs are the end parts of shirts,
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and to seal them, we...
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I don't know why I pinched myself just there.
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To close them, but we use cufflinks.
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"Cufflinks," that's the accessory that many men
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receive on their birthdays.
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Let's talk about the tops that keep you warm.
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In British English, we have "jumpers,"
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and in American English they call them "sweaters."
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If you said to a British person, "Can I borrow a sweater,"
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I think we would understand you,
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but we might think maybe you're looking for sportswear.
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We do have sweatshirts,
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which are like hoodies but with no hood
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and generally no pocket on the front.
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They're normally cotton with tight sleeves.
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Hoodies have a hood on a pocket at the front.
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We also have "jumpers" or "knitwear."
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There's lots of different styles.
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Cable knit or chunky knit.
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My fiance, Will, loves a cable knit jumper.
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We also have fair-isle print,
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which have that Christmas-y design around the neck.
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Striped or stripey.
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And also cardigans, which are divided down the middle
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and are closed with buttons.
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Now let's talk about some casual jackets as well.
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We have a biker, or leather jacket, made out of leather.
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Denim jackets.
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Bomber, or military jackets.
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And baseball, or varsity jackets.
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And these are an American-style jacket,
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but they became very popular in the UK,
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and they're what college students tend to wear.
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We also have formal jackets.
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A blazer is a more casual, less tailored, formal jacket.
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We have a tailored jacket, which is very close fitting.
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A dinner jacket, which has satin on the lapels.
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They are the parts that are folded back on a formal jacket.
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We can have jackets and coats that are single breasted,
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with one row of buttons,
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or double-breasted, with two rows of buttons.
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We also have a morning coat jacket,
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which has long tails at the back.
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Let's talk briefly about the different styles of coats.
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We have a trench coat, often found in beige,
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usually tied at the waist, very Burberry.
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Duffel coats, which are closed using
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those special wooden fasteners.
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Parka jackets and rain jackets.
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A ski jacket, a very puffy one for cold weather.
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We also have a shooting coat,
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which is used for British country sports.
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And an overcoat as well.
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On colder evenings, women in particular
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may choose to wear a poncho,
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which is like a blanket that goes all the way around.
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It has no sleeves.
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A "shawl": a big scarf that you can wrap around.
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Or a wrap as well.
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Those are alternatives to coat.
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Let's move on to the bottom half of your body now.
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We have jeans,
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and we have so many different types of jeans.
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We can have high-rise, mid-rise, or low-rise.
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They can also be called "high-waisted jeans,"
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"low-waisted jeans..."
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We can have skinny jeans, straight leg jeans,
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bootleg jeans, which go out under the knee,
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flared jeans as well, and mom jeans,
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which are very popular now.
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You can also have jeggings,
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which are a cross between jeans and leggings.
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They normally have fake pockets,
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and I'm really glad that they're not that popular anymore
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because I didn't like them.
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We have leggings, which can be high-waisted or regular.
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We have "joggers" in British English,
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or "sweatpants" in American English.
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They are meant to be for athletic wear,
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but now athletic wear is everyday wear,
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and sometimes formal wear.
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"Athleisure," I think they call it.
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Harem pants, which are very loose fitting.
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They've got very low crotch,
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which is the piece of material between your legs.
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Wide-leg trousers.
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They're becoming more and more fashionable.
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We also have corduroy trousers,
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which are made of a specific material, corduroy.
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Cargo pants, or cargo trousers.
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These are sort of military-inspired.
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They're baggier.
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Chinos, these are cotton trousers, often found in beige.
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Shorts, which, of course, are shorter trousers.
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Or if you want really tiny shorts,
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you can have "short shorts" in British English
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or "hot pants" in American English.
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We also have skirts.
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There are lots of different styles.
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Starting with length, we have mini, midi, maxi.
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Mini's really short; midi's at your knee;
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maxi is down to the ground.
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Skirts can be pleated,
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meaning they have ironed folds of material.
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They can be skater skirts,
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which mean they go out like an ice skater.
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We also have tulip skirts,
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which means they come in like a tulip.
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Trumpet skirts go out at the bottom, like a trumpet.
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This is all very logical.
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We have tiered skirts, also called "rara skirts."
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They've got lots of different layers of material coming off.
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And my favourite, a pencil skirt,
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which is just a figure-hugging skirt
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that normally goes mid-thigh to the knee.
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We have lots of different types of dresses as well
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that go over your full body,
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but one thing I want to mention before is a jumpsuit.
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So this is a full body outfit that has trousers
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as opposed to a skirt.
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These are usually full length.
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If you want your top attached to your shorts,
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this is normally called a "playsuit" in British English,
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or it's called a "romper" in American English.
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Cute, short, very summery floral dresses
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are called "tea dresses" in British English
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or "sundresses" in American English,
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but there's a lot of crossover.
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We have fit and flare dresses,
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which are tight at the top and then go out for the skirt.
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Wrap dresses, which are wrapped around you
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and tied with a bow.
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Maxi dresses, they go all the way down to the floor.
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Ball gowns, these are very formal dresses,
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usually worn for evening events.
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Peplum dresses; they were a big fashion, weren't they?
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They are normally tight,
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but have a bit at the waist that flares out.
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Bodycon dresses and pencil dresses
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are usually very figure-hugging and tight.
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Let's move on to shoes.
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We normally talk about our flats or our heels.
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So obviously, flat shoes have no heels,
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and heels elevate your heel off the ground.
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Ballet flats are of course inspired by ballet dancers.
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Kitten heels have a tiny little thin heel.
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Tall version of that is called "stiletto heels."
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That's with a really thin pointy heel
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that is really difficult to walk on.
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Platform heels have a thick platform under the toes.
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Wedges have no individual heel.
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It's just all one block at the bottom.
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And we also have court shoes and pumps,
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which are sort of lower heels.
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When we talk about flatter shoes,
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we have "trainers" in the UK,
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or "sneakers" in American English.
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Again, there's lots of crossover now.
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Boots: these cover your entire foot.
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Sandals: these are strappy shoes that you wear in summer.
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And flip-flops, these are also known as thongs.
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These are very minimal rubber shoes
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that you can wear in the summer
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and normally at the beach.
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We have loafers.
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We also have boat shoes, Chelsea boots, and brogues.
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Finally, let's touch on accessories.
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Of course, we'd be nothing without our sunglasses.
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We can also call them "sunnies" for short or "shades."
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We also wear watches, scarves, gloves,
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a handbag, handbags, or just bags in general.
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I have heard people refer to male handbags as "manbags."
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I'm not sure if that's really a thing.
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Why would they not just call it a bag?
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We can also carry an umbrella.
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And one important thing to note is neckwear,
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especially in men's wear.
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We can have a tie or a cravat.
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That's a different...
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That's like sort of a silk scarf
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that you wear in place of a tie.
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If you want a bow, it's a bow tie.
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We also have loads and loads and loads
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of different types of hats.
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A hat with a peak is called a "cap."
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You can have a visor, which just goes around here.
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There's nothing at the top.
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A beret is French inspired, of course.
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A Panama hat, very nice for holidays.
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We also have fedoras.
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I know there are very mixed views on fedoras
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in the internet community.
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Top hats, which are very tall.
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My fiance wears a top hat once a year at the races,
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and I can never take him seriously when he's wearing it.
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It looks too ridiculous because he's already six foot six,
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which is nearly two metres, it's one-nine-eight,
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and so to have a top hat on as well, it's just too much.
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When we go to weddings, sometimes, especially women,
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will wear a little decoration.
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It's not quite a hat,
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but it's an accessory on their head.
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We call this a "fascinator"
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because it just fascinates everyone.
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We also have a beanie hat or a woolly hat, which is knitted.
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And if it has a pompom on it, we call it a bobble hat.
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So cute.
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Right, that is it for today's lesson.
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I hope you learned something.
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I have thrown a lot of vocabulary at you.
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If you want to review that vocabulary in your own time,
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please do download the PDF document.
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You also receive all of my news, updates, and offers.
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If you'd like to improve your listening skills
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and your vocabulary skills even further,
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then you can try looking at my vlogging channel,
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where I vlog my life here in the English countryside.
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Every vlog is fully subtitled,
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so you can use it as a language learning tool.
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That is Lucy Bella on YouTube.
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Don't forget to connect with me on my social media.
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I've got my Instagram, @Lucy,
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and my website, englishwithlucy.co.uk,
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where I have a handmade pronunciation tool,
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where you can click on any phoneme and hear me pronounce it.
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E, no, eh.
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It's a lot of fun, and I had a lot of fun making it.
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I will see you soon for another lesson.
20:45
(blowing kiss)
20:46
Let's move to another underwire...
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Underwire.
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We also have...
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How the (bleep) do you pronounce" denier?"
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I've never even thought of that.
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I've just gone through my life.
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Denier?
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Oh no, that's somebody who denies something.
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Denier, denier, yeah, so I said it right, cool.
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Good, good for me.
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Chinos.
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What are chinos?
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Will always wears them; I have no idea how to describe them.
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What are they?
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(bright music)
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