Quality of Clothing

two male and female mannequin wearing clothes
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 13, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

There are a huge amount of shops that sell clothes from a range of different brands nowadays. Most of these clothes are made in China or other Asian countries due to cheap labour costs. Some say that due to this, along with the increasing use of plastic in clothing, the clothes are now of a much lower quality than in the past.

It is true that years ago people used to keep clothes for years without a problem, but now it seems that you need to buy new clothes almost on a yearly basis.

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.

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)
  • past (noun)
  • brand (noun)
  • cheap (adjective)
  • lower (adjective)
  • quality (noun)
  • happily (adverb)
  • yearly (adverb)
  • basis (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • 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?
  • 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?
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.