Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn band 8 vocabulary for hats and attire, to knock the examiner’s socks off on your next IELTS Exam.

Recently, a subscriber to our YouTube channel, IELTS Energy TV, posted this question:

Could you talk about some vocabulary for hats? In Eastern culture, hats are not common.

Now, I lived in Asia for a decade, in Cambodia and Taiwan, and I did see people wearing baseball caps.

However, I understand this student’s question, as describing specific clothing items is not really common in one’s first language, let alone English.

The first vocabulary word to learn today is attire– this is a high-level word for ‘clothes’.

As you read the descriptions below, note down any interesting words/phrases in your vocabulary notebook.


I often wear beanies, because it gets super freezing in the winter where I live. Everyone here pretty much lives in their beanies in those frigid months. My favorite beanie is one my mom actually made for me. She knit it out of wool from New Zealand. It’s multi-colored, and the colors are bold and bright. Plus, it has a little snowball thingy at the top. I love hats that have those. That little accent makes me feel like a kid again when I put it on.



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After you pull out some vocabulary you think is interesting from the descriptions above, practice describing a hat that you, or someone you know, likes wearing.

Do you have any vocabulary questions related to IELTS topics?

Leave them in the comments section below!



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