Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we talk about an IELTS Task 2 question about dressing smartly.

This is an older phrase, ‘to dress smartly‘, or look more formal.

Recently, 3 Keys students Siva posted this Writing Task 2 question:

Some organizations believe that their employees should dress smartly. Others value quality of work above appearance.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Our student overthought this phrase a bit. He was wondering if ‘dressing smartly’ also included wearing uniforms.

No, it doesn’t! This phrase only describes the idea of dressing up, meaning to wear more formal clothes.

Don’t overthink this question. Just write one paragraph about each topic or opinion presented in the question.

You can also state your position in both body paragraphs.

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For instance, in paragraph 2, you could say, ‘In my opinion, people should look nice at work because...’, and in paragraph 3 say, ‘Nevertheless, I also understand the viewpoint which values quality of work‘.

This is fantastic because you would be showing the examiner your position throughout the essay.

Task 2 Brainstorm

Dressing smartly:

  • client-facing professions, face of the company
  • people judge you on your appearance
  • example: salesman
  • people will respect and trust you in a flashy suit and tie

Work matters more:

  • quality of work always matters more than appearance
  • working online; tech start-ups
  • wearing cut-off jean shorts, tank tops, flip flops

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