It wouldn't be summer unless I bought a brightly patterned dress. I think my earliest encounter with fashion was at primary school, on the first day of summer term, when I appeared at breakfast in one of my colourful dirndl skirts, only to be sent back up again to put on my school skirt – not least because it was probably about 13 degrees outside. This cotton dress is D&G, and I bought it to wear on a beautiful summer's day – Christmas Day on the Sydney shore three years ago – I loved the Marimekko thing that was going on.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Of course we didn't have summer in Nsukka. It was either the rainy season or the dry season and both were hot. I was seven and my father had bought this dress from "abroad". Blue and white, with a fitted, grown-up cut that was nothing like my other poufy Little Girl dresses. I loved it. I wanted to wear it to church every Sunday but my mother would not allow this; I had to alternate it with my other detestable Little Girl dresses. On the Sundays that I did wear it, I would delay taking it off for as long as I could. I would strut around the living room, and refuse to eat or drink anything lest the perfection be ruined by a smear of oil or Fanta. One Sunday, after church, my mother took me to Mike Special Photos in town to have this photograph taken.
The loose cream-coloured A-line dress that I wore to my sister-in-law's wedding 50 years ago I could have worn in the garden, shopping or sitting drinking a gin and tonic near a beach. Simple and plain, it could have gone anywhere. For a summer dress to be an all-time favourite, it has got to be loose, flattering and washable; this one was a helpful colour and would have covered anything – a swimsuit, a pregnancy (as I was newly married I feared people might think I was pregnant) or even the depressing curves I have now. It was just about knee length, which is a good length when you're getting on a bit; as Emma Soames, then editor of Saga, once wrote in Vogue, your legs often stay OK even when the rest of you is not. I wish I still had it.
The best dresses I will ever own were mine from the ages of zero to 10. They were made by my grandmother Stella, an expert seamstress and embroidery designer. Each was unique, each a little girl's dream. There was the sundress of white lace over white silk, the pink one (pictured) and, queen of dresses, a rainbow-striped summer dress. How I loved that dress: the swish when I walked, the soft fabric, the millions – it seemed to me – of coloured stripes. It was pleasure unadulterated by vanity: I loved it for itself, not for how I looked in it. And, unlike any shop-bought dress, I knew that dress loved me too.
IELTS Cue Card Sample 559 - Describe your favourite dress
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe your favourite dress.
You should say:
- what it is
- when you like to wear it
- how often you wear it
and explain what is so special about it.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
I like to wear T-shirts. This is my favourite dress and I prefer to have it almost all the times of the day or while attending an event or going to my college classes. I have been using this type of dress for a long time and it has become my trademark that I will wear a T-shirt even for a formal occasion. This cue card task appears smart and I am enjoying to answer it.
I usually wear T-shirts when I am out of the home. There are people who like to be formal in their dress code. But I am a bit different from them. I do not like to wear shirts or formal pants or any formal attire. Rather I prefer to have T-shirts and jeans which give me comforts. In fact, I feel uncomfortable with the other types of dresses. So, whenever I need to move out for any of my tasks, I wear T-shirts.
Frequently I wear T-shirts to meet my purposes. Actually, this has become a fashion for me and I cannot do without a T-shirt. When I move to my college class early in the morning, I wear it. If someone invites me in the evening to attend any party, I need a T-shirt for me. Further, when I am out of home for any other purposes like meeting my relatives, friends, or for any other purposes, I will be seen wearing a T-shirt. I wear it round the week.
Wearing T-shirt is special to me for many reasons. The most important thing is the comfortability. A T-shirt is the most comfortable dress in the entire world. They are available in various colour and design. The fabrics are of high standard and easy to clean. For all the reasons, the T-shirt is my favourite dress.
More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:
Topic: Describe your favourite dress.
1. I love to wear jeans pants. Those are casual attires for me and I love to wear those during my office hours. I frequently wear jeans pants for some reasons. I can go wherever I want by wearing it. The most important thing about the jeans is that it fits me very well. I also feel comfortable. Movement becomes easier and they are available across the UK.
2. I always love to wear formal dresses and prefer full-sleeve formal shirts for this purposes. I am a businessman and remain busy round the day. So, whenever I go out for some business purposes, I wear it. I love to wear formal shirts for some reasons. The most important thing is its comfortability. I select the fabric and have my own tailor for other tasks like cutting and sewing. The shirts also fit me well and I look stunning.
3. I love to use leather jacket. I have four pieces of them. I love to wear the jackets when I ride on my motorbike. Movement in Melbourne is easier if someone has a motorbike. So, I frequently need to ride the bike to go to places and wear the jacket. This is a special attire to me. The jacket helps me to get prevented from the excessive airflow. Besides, the jackets come with nice design and I feel very comfortable with them.
4. Weather in Singapore varies in different months. In summer, I like to wear shirtdress. This is a lightweight and comfortable dress for me. Whenever I move out for any work from home, I wear the dress. This is a bit special to me. The shirtdress is available across Singapore. It is also cheaper than other types of dresses and the most important thing is that it allows air passing inside the body. So, there are fewer chances of sweating during summer times.
5. I love to wear shirts and pants made from jeans fabric. I frequently wear them when I move out of my work here in Germany. I wear them at least thrice in a week. There are few reasons for picking this type of outfit. They are durable and gorgeous to look at. Besides, jeans fabrics are comfortable with and you will need less cleaning on them. You can use them in almost all types of occasions. And they fit with all types of shoes. Considering all the matters, this appears special to me.