Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you ready for IELTS Speaking and IELTS Writing?

When it comes to these two parts of IELTS, a lot of random topics can come up and you need to be ready for anything.

There is a chance that you could get a question about traditional clothes.

In today’s video, Former IELTS Examiner Jessica Beck will show you how to prepare for a tough question like this and how you would answer questions on this topic with impressive Band 9 vocabulary for a high score.

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How to prepare for questions about traditional clothes

Specific vocabulary related to traditional clothing could come in handy all over the IELTS Exam.

You may hear about it in Listening, you may have to read about it in a Reading passage, or you could be asked questions related to it in Speaking or Writing.

The most important thing for you to do, in order to be prepared, is to research traditional clothing or costumes from your culture.

Find out what each piece of the outfit is in English- including the material, shape, size and style.

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Band 9 vocabulary

Band 9 Vocabulary for Traditional Clothing:

  • Viel- piece of cloth covering the face and/or head
  • Hijab- Muslim viel for women that covers the head
  • Opaque- cannot see through; not transparent
  • Materials- lace, hemp, linen, cotton, pine, oak
  • Frock- long women’s dress; long garment worn by men
  • Suspenders- two pieces of stretchy material that hold up pants and loop over shoulders
  • Hue- color
  • Crescent- curved half-moon shape


Remember that when you prepare for IELTS, don’t ignore vocabulary! It is a simple and easy way to get extra points on all sections of the test.

Today we have shown you eight Band 9 vocabulary terms if you get a question about traditional clothing. Having these words will boost your confidence when you walk into the test center.

Practice these before test day!

You may also want to practice vocabulary for other specific topics including: How to say that something is broken, words to avoid saying “some,” how to describe lies, and more.

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