IV. While listening activities:
1. Listen to Claire talking about fashion.
(I = Interviewer; С = Claire)
I: So Claire, how often do you buy clothes?
C: Well as often as possible, actually. I'm a bit of a shopaholic. I don't spend nearly
as much time or money on my hair. And I rarely wear make-up. But, to me, clothes
are a really important part of my appearance. For that reason I do buy a lot of
I: If you had more money would you rather buy lots of new clothes or a few
C: Well, I'm not sure really, erm the cost of clothes is not really important to me. I
like something, I buy it. I mean I've bought second-hand clothes, I've bought
designer clothes. So I'm not sure about that.
I: How would you describe the way you dress - your style?
C: I wouldn't say I follow fashion. Erm, I think I'm quite individual. I like to find
clothes that no one else will have. However, I also like to be comfortable. I rarely
wear high heels and I hate being hot, so this affects what I wear.
I: Do you have a favourite outfit?
C: Well I mean it changes from time to time. At the moment I've got a favourite
pair of trousers that I seem to be wearing all the time, to everywhere, with
everything. Erm, they're very versatile so I can wear them with trainers or high
heels, erm different belts and tops. They can be smart or casual.
I: How aware are you of current fashion trends?
C: Not particularly. I mean, I don't watch fashion shows on TV and I don't read
fashion magazines. So really my only exposure to fashion is when ... when I'm
shopping or in the street when I see someone else wearing something. I think that
fashion is quite hard to avoid. You're often not aware that you are aware.
I: Is there anything that you wouldn’t wear?
C: Erm, I try not to wear anything that doesn't flatter me. I very rarely wear short
skirts because I hate my legs. I also nеver wear anything too revealing as that's just
not my style.
I: Whose sense of fashion or style do you most admire?
C: I really admire Cameron Diaz. I think everybody does. She's always very
confident in the way she dresses and I think that's the most important thing. That's
what fashion's about - having your own self-confidence.
I: And what about for a man? What clothes do you like for a man?
C: Well, I think it comes down to what I don't like men wearing. So it's things like
white socks, sandals and trousers that are too short. I don't like short-sleeved shirts
with jeans as all the guys wear them and they just all look the same. I like a man to
look good, but not as if he has tried really hard. That's not too much to ask for, is