[Listening Easy] Clothing Styles – KEY

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of clothes do you wear to school or work? Where do you buy your clothes? Do you ever buy used clothing?


on the spur of the moment” = without planning or preparation
I decided to go to the party on the spur of the moment, so I threw on some clothes and left.”

be decked out” = be dressed in formal clothes for nice occasions
She was decked out in a beautiful dress, and everyone was surprised.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.


Ashley: Hey, Jake. Are you ready for your trip?

Jake: Well, not really. I still have to buy some clothes.

Ashley: Well, what’s the weather like where you’re going?

Jake: Well, uh, it’s really hot in the summer, so I’m going to buy some shorts, sandals, and a few t-shirts.

Ashley: What about the rest of the year?

Jake: People say that the fall can still be warm until November, so I’m going to buy some jeans and a few casual shirts.

Ashley: Will you need any warm clothes for the winter?

Jake: Well, the weather doesn’t get too cold, but it often snows in the mountains, so I’m going to buy a couple of warm sweaters, a jacket, and a hat. I don’t have room in my suitcase to pack a coat, so I’m going to wait until I get there and buy it when I really need it.

Ashley: Are you going to take anything else?

Jake: They say it rains cats and dogs in the spring, but again, I’ll probably just wait and pick up a raincoat or an umbrella later on. But, I’m going to take a good pair of shoes because I plan on walking to and from school everyday.

Ashley: Do you need any clothing for formal occasions?

Jake: Well, you never know when you might need something on the spur of the moment for a wedding or maybe someone’s graduation, or a nice date, so I’ll probably take some nice slacks, a dress shirt, and a couple (of) crazy ties or two.

Ashley: Um, that makes sense.

Jake: And I’ll just rent a suit or tuxedo if I need anything more formal. Hey, maybe I’ll get married.

Ashley: You? Married? Hah!

Jake: Wait. What are you trying to say?

Ashley: I just can’t imagine you decked out in a tuxedo for any formal occasion. [What?!] I mean, for high school graduation, you wore an old pair of jeans and tennis shoes.

Jake: Hey, there was a reason for that, so let me explain. [Yeah, ha, ha.] No, really. You see, it goes like this . . .


Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • rest (noun): what is left over after everything else has been used, eaten, etc. 
    – Wow. Your suitcase is already full of shirts and shoes. What are you going to do with the rest of your clothing?
  • room (noun): space 
    – Do you have any room in your backpack for a couple more books?
  • pack (verb): fill a suitcase, box, or another container
    – You’d better start packing your bags tonight so we don’t have to rush out the door tomorrow.
  • rain cats and dogs (idiom): rain very hard
    – Last night, I was walking home from work when it began raining cats and dogs. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my umbrella with me.
  • pick up (phrasal verb): buy something
    – Could you pick up some white socks from the store on your way home from work?
  • formal occasion (noun): an important event where people wear special clothing and behave politely
    – I sometimes rent a tuxedo for formal occasions. I don’t want to buy one that I will only wear once every few years.
  • on the spur of the moment (idiom): without planning or preparation
    – She always makes decisions on the spur of the moment, so you never know what she’s planning.
  • slacks (noun): good-quality pants
    – You don’t have to wear a suit to the event, but you might want to wear a pair of nice slacks and a conservative tie.
  • make sense (idiom): have a clear meaning or a sensible explanation
    – It makes sense to ask teachers to wear a nice shirt and tie to work.
  • be decked out (idiom): dressed in formal clothes for special occasions
    – Everyone was shocked when my brother came to the barbecue decked out in a white tuxedo. Then, we realized he came to propose to his girlfriend.