IELTS Speaking Part 1: Clothes

Here are some questions for a common topic in IELTS speaking part 1 – clothes.

  1. Do you often buy clothes?
  2. Are clothes important to you?
  3. What kinds of clothes do you prefer to wear?
  4. What kinds of clothes do you wear most days?
  5. Would you ever spend a lot of money on clothes?
  6. Do you think men and women have the same view of clothing?

Model Answer

  • Question: What kinds of clothes do you prefer to wear?
  • Answer: If I could choose, I’d wear casual clothes everyday. I feel much more comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a jumper. Unfortunately, my work forces me to wear formal clothes like a suit or trousers with a smart shirt which I really don’t like so I only get to wear casual clothes on my days off.


  1. hiii LIZ

    thanks a lot for all this valuable information. i have one question about speaking.
    if an examiner ask where you live you have to speak about city or your home i mean
    i live in XYZ city and the city is very popular and crowded
    i live in big house in city. my house has two bedroom and so on

    • The examiner will always tell you what the topic is “I’m going to ask you about your home” or “Let’s talk about your hometown”. Listen to the topic which provides the context.

  2. The structure is significantly clear and excellent ,so now I’m happy because I think that I found appropriate way as I began training independently.

  3. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d
    like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to find out how you center
    yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I have had a tough
    time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing
    but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thanks!

    • It sounds like you need to change your preparation, not your mind 🙂 1) You should be preparing ideas for all common topics for writing task 2 so that you have plenty of ideas for your essay. I am currently putting together a book for this purpose. Until it’s ready, you will have to do the research yourself. Here’s a link to lots of essay questions to prepare: Also follow the Recent Exam Questions page in the right hand column of the site to keep track of trending topics. 2) You should be trained to know exactly what to do in your first 5 to 10 mins and how to kick start your essay the right way. Get my Advanced Writing task 2 lessons to learn: Your lack of focus is simply a lack of correct preparation.

  4. In the question do you think men and women have same view of clothing?,what particular aspect needs to be focused?

  5. Fatemeh Mohammadzadeh says

    Dear Liz,

    i have one question about Grammer, why in this topic about cloth, they asked what kind of clothes do you prepare to wear and you have written if i could choose myself i would….?

  6. Hello Liz!

    Do the clothes we wear on the speaking test matter to the examiner?

  7. Grazie mile ! So helpful for those who gona prepaird in the first exam

  8. Hey Liz,

    This is the first time i am appearing for IELTS. Could you please help me out by giving valuable suggestions or any material to go through.

    Thank You!

  9. What is imagination and how we use in our life?

  10. KALEEMULLAH says

    Can i show the reason in Speaking part 1. For example , if the examiner says that what color do you like ? My answer is , I like green color and then i say because this is natural color and i feel good when i saw anything in green color.
    Thanks Liz

  11. Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of cloths

  12. Nice answers in return of this issue with solid arguments and explaining all
    about that.

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