1. For different occasions young people dress differently or are supposed to do so.
Read the letter of a teenage boy to the Early Times newspaper and a few replies to his letter.
Fill in the gaps with the appropriate forms of the verbs (Past Simple or would). Put commas where necessary. There is an example for you at the beginning (0).
I was invited to a dinner party recently. I thought it would be okay to dress casually. So I wore jeans and a sweater, when I got there all the guests were dressed up and I felt really left out. What would you advise?
0 If I (to be invited) to my friend’s dinner party, I (to think) twice what to wear.
If I was/were invited to my friend's dinner party. I would think twice about what to wear.
1 If my friend Emmie (to ask) me to come to her birthday party, I (to ask) her how to dress.
2 My friend (to feel upset) if I (to come) to his party wearing something casual.
3 I never (to dress) casually if a party (to be organised) in a club.
4 If my friend (to come) to my party in jeans, I (not to take any notice).
5 My friend (to go) home and change her clothes if she (not to be dressed) in a proper way.
2. Transform the sentences using I wish. There is an example for you at the beginning (0).
0 Brand name clothes are very expensive.
I wish brand name clothes were not very expensive.
1 Russian fashion designers are not as popular as Italian or French designers.
2 Not many people can afford to buy highly fashionable clothes.
3 There are no Marks and Spencer stores in our city.
4 Boys do not pay much attention to their appearance.
5 Fashion shows cannot be seen online.
6 I cannot customize pieces of clothing that do not fit me.
3. Read the following text and then choose the correct alternative (a, b, or c) to fill in the gaps. There is an example for you at the beginning (0).
In Tudor Times* children wore the same style of (0) clothing as their parents.
In the period from 1811 to 1820 girls continued to be (1) victims of their parents’ wish to match the popular idea of beauty. The popular idea of beauty in that period was: slim bodies, tight waists and pale (2) appearance. In the 1880s it was (3) fashionable to wear very long gloves in the evening. At the end of the 1880s a knitted costume (the so-called “jersey dress”*) (4) came into fashion. (5) Jewellery was in fashion for women, furs were in fashion both for men and women. During the Second World War in Britain designs were simple: padded (6) shoulders and skirts to just below the knee, a small hat and functional bag and hoes. In the late 1970s (7) sportswear was brought into the fashion arena. By the early 1980s (8) tracksuits and training shoes had become a fashionable uniform. Today body (9) piercing has replaced tattooing among the more eccentric of London’s youth. Any part of your body can be (10) pierced with a ring, bar or stud. If you are visiting London from abroad and want (11) to keep up to date with all the latest London trends, you have to read the fashion magazines.