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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wear Vs. Dress/Get Dressed

Our closets are full of clothes, and yet we often say "I have nothing to wear!" Have you ever struggled to choose an outfit?

Your decision of what to wear on a particular day will largely depend on the weather. If it’s warm and sunny, you might wear shorts and a T-shirt. If it’s cool and windy, it’s wise to wear an additional layer, like a warm sweater. What to wear will also be determined by the occasion, e.g.: we wear formal clothes to a job interview and casual clothes to a friends get-together.

What would you wear to go hiking? skiing? a client’s meeting? your friend’s birthday party? What would you never wear to these outings/events/occasions?

We also wear glasses, jewelry, make-up and perfume/cologne.

Now that you know what to wear, you can start getting dressed.

Dressing or getting dressed is putting clothes on your body. It involves pushing arms through sleeves and legs through pant holes one at a time, buttoning the shirt and zipping the jacket. You cannot go out until you’re fully dressed. Getting dressed is a process of a few steps and you cannot wear something unless you got dressed first.

Babies or very old and sick people cannot get dressed by themselves, so we put clothes on them. We get dressed after a shower, a medical test or before heading to school or work. How long does it take you to get dressed?

The opposite of ‘dress’ is ‘undress’, the opposite of ‘get dressed’ is ‘get undressed’. Some other verbs associated with getting dressed/undressed are: zip-unzip, button-unbutton, tie-untie.

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:46 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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