уровня IELTS по английскому языку. № 50.
Прочтите текст об одежде. Для вопросов
с 1 по 8 выберите наилучший ответ (A, B, C или D).
the text below. For questions 1 to 8, choose
the best answer (A, B, C or D).
prefers to dress formally? D
(2) looks like the rest of her colleagues?
(3) wants to change the clothes she wears?
(4) would like other people to change the
way they dress? D
(5) is not interested in clothes? C
(6) thinks she might spend too much on clothes?
(7) takes a long time to decide what to
(8) thinks clothes make an important statement?
I love dressing up and putting on a show,
especially at weekends when I go out with
my friends. Taking the trouble to look good
shows that you care about yourself and where
you are going and who you are with. I certainly
appreciate it when friends have put a bit
of thought into what they're wearing. I
want to look good in my friends' company
and vice versa. Of course, buying cool trendy
clothes doesn't come cheap and I have to
make other sacrifices in my life but I don't
regret it, except when the credit card bill
comes at the end of the month, of course!
A recurrent nightmare of mine is that I'm
late for a date and I haven't got anything
to wear. Everything I try on has a hole
in it or is far too small. Then the doorbell
rings and if I'm lucky I wake up. I'm not
much better in reality, to be honest. I
can't make my mind up until I've emptied
the contents of my wardrobe and drawers
onto the floor several times over. I guess
fundamentally I'm fed up with my style.
I hang out with a new crowd these days and
because they've got a bit more money than
me I sometimes feel a bit frumpy. I can't
wait till the sales. I'm going to blow all
I must admit, clothes are not exactly
an absorbing passion of mine. I tend not
to notice what anyone else is wearing either.
I remember thinking during my interview
that I wouldn't have a problem fitting in
here. It's all very egalitarian - not a
power-dresser in sight. You would definitely
call the style 'casual' - anything goes
really. In that sense it's a good reflection
of the way people here think. Having said
that, there is an almost global uniformity.
Nobody wants to stick out from the crowd,
I suppose. That might bother some people
but not me. I'm only too happy to blend
in with the rest of them.
When I first came to work here many years
ago, there was quite a strict dress code.
There was no question of us getting away
with jeans and the like. It worked well
in my opinion because people knew what to
expect. Then slowly over the years standards
slipped and nowadays the only dress code
is a voluntary one. The problem with that
is that the boundary between what is and
what is not acceptable has become blurred.
Some people dress down to such an extent
that it has become an issue for a number
of people. I'm all in favour of adopting
a more prescriptive code with clearer guidelines.
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