UK clothes and fashion - Elementary
Britain is not the most famous country in the world for fashion but there are some special kinds of clothes and fashion items that you will see on every British street.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- A pair of trainers
- A hoodie / hooded top
- Surf shorts
- Faded jeans
- Nose studs / Piercings
- Bare midriff
- Doc Martens
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- In phrase 1, \trainers\ is the UK word for athletic shoes, which are known as \sneakers\ in the US.
- In phrase 2 a \hoodie\ is a thick shirt with a hood to cover your head. Many people in the UK connect them with street crime because you can use the hood to hide your identity from CCTV cameras.
- In phrase 3, \surf shorts\ are long shorts that come down to your knees.
- In 5, \combats\ is an abbreviation of \combat trousers\. They are loose-fitting trousers with many pockets.
- In 5, and \anorak\ is a waterproof coat with a hood. Some people think this is very unfashionable but they are common.
- In 6, a \waistcoat\ is like a smart jacket with no sleeves. In the past, people wore them under a suit or as part of a waiter's uniform. Now they are fashionable as normal clothes.
- In 7, jeans are \faded\ when you wash them many times until the colour is very light. Nowadays people buy them looking like this.
- In 8, \a nose stud\ is like an earring in a person's nose. This is very popular in the UK with both men and women.