Fashion and Style

Speaking: Discussion Questions

Download the questions as a .pdf (for printing) or
copy and paste them (for editing) from the list below.

See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these questions.

  • What do you think of when you hear the word “fashion”?
  • What’s the most stylish thing in your wardrobe? When do you wear it?
  • What’s the difference between fashion and style?
  • What, if anything, would you change about the way you dress?
  • Which designers or clothes shops do you like the best? Whatʼs so great about them?
  • Close your eyes and try to describe what the other people in your group are wearing. Was it easy or difficult?
  • What’s your favourite item of clothing? Why?
  • What’s the latest fashion in your country? Would you wear it?
  • What would you wear for a romantic dinner? What about for a night out with your friends?
  • What’s the most expensive outfit you’ve ever worn? When did you wear it?
  • Do you follow fashion?
  • Imagine you had to dress the person to your
    right. What would you put them in?
  • Is there a difference between high fashion and art?
  • Is fashion important? Why/ Why not?
  • Whatʼs your look? What look would you most
    like to go for?
  • Do you ever wear uncomfortable clothes because they are fashionable?
  • Whose fashion sense do you most admire?
  • How long do you normally spend getting
    dressed in the morning?
  • What would be the best thing about being a fashion model? What would be the worst?
  • If a fashion journalist asked to take your picture for a style magazine, would you let them?

Listening: Online Videos

  • Rocking the Catwalk at 80
  • Fairly short, BBC interview with Carmen Dell’Orefice, talking about her improbably long life as a model, working with some of the most famous names in fashion.

  • Geek Chic Fashion Trickles Into the Mainstream
  • Short video from the BBC (beware the short ad at its start, if you’re outside the UK) on the rise of geek chic in the US, and profiling Maryland’s Geek 2 Chic fashion show.

  • The Times I Tried to Be a Hipster
  • Short, confessional tale by Levni Yilmaz:

Listening: Audio Only

  • Generation geek chic
  • BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh reports on the “Cox effect”, or how science (and geeky clothes) have become cool in Britain due to the popularity of Brian Cox, a TV presenter, ex-pop musician and astrophysicist (his homepage is here). Features an optimistic interview about geek chic with fellow physicist Jim Al-Khalili.

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