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Are clothes lower quality now than in the past?


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Conversation Summary

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.


  • Where do you usually buy your clothes from?
  • Where are the clothes you buy usually made?
  • Do you think clothes would be better quality if they were made locally?
  • 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?
  • Would you happily pay more for clothes if you new they would last longer?

Key Vocabulary

  • Range noun
  • Shop verb
  • Past noun
  • Brand noun
  • Cheap adjective
  • Lower adjective
  • Quality noun
  • Happily adverb
  • Yearly adverb
  • Basis noun

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