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Wardrobe dilemma1 面对衣橱的困惑

 


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你是不是也有这样的经历:要出门去参加重要活动,可是拿不定主意穿什么衣服最合适?香奈儿和范思哲等著名服装设计师们对时尚规则又有什么样的说道? 答案就在本期《随身英语(精品课)》里。

课文内容

词汇:fashion 时尚

"I have nothing to wear!" You might have said to yourself, feeling slightly distressed2, wardrobe door wide open, hours before going to a party or important event. Casual or formal? Is this too flamboyant3? Should I look more demure4?

How strictly5 should we follow fashion rules?'Never mix patterns' is one of them. Clashing prints might make Coco Chanel spin in her grave but gets the seal of approval of some stylists nowadays.

"It's edgy6," says Martine Alexander, adviser7 to British TV actresses. "Matching everything makes you look like you've tried too hard. Style should look effortless."

Well, just be careful not to make people's eyes go funny when they look at you, I say.

Men have the issue of white socks. "Unless you're exercising there is absolutely no appropriate moment to wear white socks," says Alex Bilmes, editor of the men's magazine Esquire. And he adds: "These types of rules exist to make sure fashion innocents don't make such a bad mistake."

We all know that white socks are usually bulky and may look cheap. But there's a long British tradition of men wearing socks with sandals so… Maybe critics should put a sock in it and let us wear what we are comfortable with.

When you look a particular way you are sending a message about yourself. It's not a good idea to go to a job interview wearing shorts or showing too much cleavage. Or going to the market in your pyjamas8. But, whatever you wear, do it with confidence.

Designer Gianni Versace said it all: "Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, and what you want to express, by the way you dress and the way you live."

词汇表

casual 休闲的

formal 正式的

flamboyant 艳丽的

demure 端庄的

pattern 图案,格调

print 印花布

to spin in her grave 震惊

the seal of approval 赞许

edgy 前卫的,时尚的

effortless 毫不费力的

to go funny 发出奇怪的眼神

bulky (袜子)肥厚的

to put a sock in it (不礼貌地)闭上嘴

cleavage (乳)沟

pyjamas 睡衣

trends (时尚)潮流,趋势

测验与练习

1.阅读课文并回答问题。

1. True or false? Coco Chanel is famous for disliking matching patterns.

2.According to stylist Martine Alexander, what's the key thing about having style?

3.Who is the editor of the men's magazine Esquire referring to when he says "fashion innocents"?

4. Does the author think people should wear white socks whenever they like?

5. What did Gianni Versace mean when he said: "Don't make fashion own you"?

2.请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处 。

1. Go and change, my son. Your granny's funeral is not the place for wearing __________ clothes.

formal edgy casual bulky

2. I shouldn't have eaten yesterday's leftovers9. My stomach is __________.

spinning in its grave going funny effortless trying too hard

3. Your hat looks like... a lobster10. That's a very __________ hat!

demure formal casual flamboyant

4. When going for a job interview you should choose formal clothes. Why don't you wear __________?

your pyjamas a suit white socks cleavage

5. My coat doesn't fit. This sweater is very __________.

bulky edgy cheap traditional

答案

1.阅读课文并回答问题。

1. True or false? Coco Chanel is famous for disliking matching patterns.

False. According to the article, the late French designer disliked clashing prints.

2. According to stylist Martine Alexander, what's the key thing about having style?

The British stylist says it has to look effortless.

3. Who is the editor of the men's magazine Esquire referring to when he says "fashion innocents"?

He is referring to people he thinks are too naive11 and ignorant when it comes to what is fashionable and wear things the editor finds unfashionable.

4. Does the author think people should wear white socks whenever they like?

Yes. The author suggests that people who criticise12 those who like to wear white socks, even when not exercising, should be quiet.

5. What did Gianni Versace mean when he said: "Don't make fashion own you"?

The late Italian designer meant that people should not feel obliged to follow fashion trends. They should wear what they like.

2.请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处 。

1. Go and change, my son. Your granny's funeral is not the place for wearing casual clothes.

2. I shouldn't have eaten yesterday's leftovers. My stomach is going funny.

3. Your hat looks like... a lobster. That's a very flamboyant hat!

4. When going for a job interview you should choose formal clothes. Why don't you wear a suit?

5. My coat doesn't fit. This sweater is very bulky.


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1 dilemma Vlzzf     
n.困境,进退两难的局面
参考例句:
  • I am on the horns of a dilemma about the matter.这件事使我进退两难。
  • He was thrown into a dilemma.他陷入困境。
2 distressed du1z3y     
痛苦的
参考例句:
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
3 flamboyant QjKxl     
adj.火焰般的,华丽的,炫耀的
参考例句:
  • His clothes were rather flamboyant for such a serious occasion.他的衣着在这种严肃场合太浮夸了。
  • The King's flamboyant lifestyle is well known.国王的奢华生活方式是人尽皆知的。
4 demure 3mNzb     
adj.严肃的;端庄的
参考例句:
  • She's very demure and sweet.她非常娴静可爱。
  • The luscious Miss Wharton gave me a demure but knowing smile.性感迷人的沃顿小姐对我羞涩地会心一笑。
5 strictly GtNwe     
adv.严厉地,严格地;严密地
参考例句:
  • His doctor is dieting him strictly.他的医生严格规定他的饮食。
  • The guests were seated strictly in order of precedence.客人严格按照地位高低就座。
6 edgy FuMzWT     
adj.不安的;易怒的
参考例句:
  • She's been a bit edgy lately,waiting for the exam results.她正在等待考试结果,所以最近有些焦躁不安。
  • He was nervous and edgy, still chain-smoking.他紧张不安,还在一根接一根地抽着烟。
7 adviser HznziU     
n.劝告者,顾问
参考例句:
  • They employed me as an adviser.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • Our department has engaged a foreign teacher as phonetic adviser.我们系已经聘请了一位外籍老师作为语音顾问。
8 pyjamas 5SSx4     
n.(宽大的)睡衣裤
参考例句:
  • This pyjamas has many repairs.这件睡衣有许多修补过的地方。
  • Martin was in his pyjamas.马丁穿着睡衣。
9 leftovers AprzGJ     
n.剩余物,残留物,剩菜
参考例句:
  • He can do miracles with a few kitchen leftovers.他能用厨房里几样剩饭做出一顿美餐。
  • She made supper from leftovers she had thrown together.她用吃剩的食物拼凑成一顿晚饭。
10 lobster w8Yzm     
n.龙虾,龙虾肉
参考例句:
  • The lobster is a shellfish.龙虾是水生贝壳动物。
  • I like lobster but it does not like me.我喜欢吃龙虾,但它不适宜于我的健康。
11 naive yFVxO     
adj.幼稚的,轻信的;天真的
参考例句:
  • It's naive of you to believe he'll do what he says.相信他会言行一致,你未免太单纯了。
  • Don't be naive.The matter is not so simple.你别傻乎乎的。事情没有那么简单。
12 criticise criticise     
v.批评,评论;非难
参考例句:
  • Right and left have much cause to criticise government.左翼和右翼有很多理由批评政府。
  • It is not your place to criticise or suggest improvements!提出批评或给予改进建议并不是你的责任!
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