Quality of Clothing

two male and female mannequin wearing clothes
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 13, 2020 and last updated on July 17, 2023

Exploring the topic of the quality of clothing is highly beneficial for English learners as it not only enhances their language skills but also equips them with practical knowledge for navigating the fashion industry. Discussing clothing quality allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to fashion, textiles, and consumerism. Furthermore, it promotes critical thinking as learners evaluate factors like fabric, construction, and durability when assessing the quality of garments. By engaging with this topic, English learners can improve their language proficiency while gaining insights into sustainable fashion choices, making informed purchasing decisions, and appreciating the value of well-crafted clothing.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Quality of Clothing Review

The quality of clothing is a topic of significance in the fashion industry and consumer culture. It refers to the standard of craftsmanship, durability, and materials used in the production of garments. The quality of clothing plays a pivotal role in determining its longevity, comfort, and overall value for consumers. Understanding the factors that contribute to the quality of clothing, such as fabric selection, construction techniques, and attention to detail, empowers individuals to make informed purchasing decisions, embrace sustainability, and appreciate the craftsmanship behind well-made garments.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • range (noun)
  • shop (verb)
  • brand (noun)
  • cheap (adjective)
  • lower (adjective)
  • quality (noun)
  • happily (adverb)
  • yearly (adverb)
  • basis (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How would you define "quality" when it comes to clothing?
  • Are clothes lower quality now than in the past?
  • Where do you usually buy your clothes from?
  • Where are the clothes you buy usually made?
  • How important is clothing quality to you when making purchasing decisions?
  • Are there any particular brands or designers known for their commitment to producing high-quality clothing?
  • In general, do you think clothes have a much lower quality than they did in the past?
  • Do you think plastic is being used too much in clothes nowadays?
  • Do you think clothes would be better quality if they were made locally?
  • Would you happily pay more for clothes if you new they would last longer?
  • Does the rise of online shopping make it more challenging to assess the quality of clothing before purchasing?
  • Should consumers prioritise quality over trends when building their wardrobe?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.