Topic 46/47 常穿的衣服（男女生版）
1. What do young people like to wear?
I think it depends on their personality. But most young people like wearing clothes that express who they are. So you could see young people dressed in crazy fashions or subtle ones, depending on if they’re outgoing or shy. I think that in general, young people aren’t afraid to try new styles. It’s part of what makes them unique426.
2. What’s the difference between the dressing style of young people and that of old people?
In general, young people dress more freely and old people dress more conservatively427. To be specific, young people love to keep up with the latest trends428. They don’t care if they aren’t modest429 or traditional. But old people like wearing clothes that are more old-fashioned. They definitely don’t like showing off a lot of skin.
3. When do people wear formal clothes?
People usually wear formal clothes to special occasions, like weddings or funerals430. It’s just part of showing your respect to whoever is being honoured. Besides, some people wear formal clothes for job interviews, or if they work somewhere fancy. It’s also common to wear formal clothes if you go to special events, like a conference or something like that.
4. Do you think students should wear uniforms?
I don’t really think that students should wear uniforms. On the one hand, uniforms make things simpler for students. They don’t feel pressure to keep up with the latest fashions431. But on the other hand, wearing uniforms limits students’ creativity. It makes it hard to express themselves through what they wear. Plus, wearing the same thing every day would be really boring.
5. What are the differences between people’s clothes in the southern vs northern part of a country?
I think that in general, people in the northern part of China wear clothes designed for cold weather. But it’s the opposite in the south432. In the north, the temperatures are usually lower. So they often wear heavier clothes made out of warm fabrics433. People living in northern cities like Harbin all have a heavy winter coat. But people in the south usually experience warmer weather. So they might wear lighter clothes434 instead. I heard people in Hainan province can wear shorts throughout the year435.
426 It’s part of what makes them unique: 这是让他们与众不同的一部分原因
428 keep up with the latest trends: 追逐时尚
429 modest: 端庄的
430 funerals: 葬礼
431 feel pressure to keep up with the latest fashions: 不需要因为需要追赶时尚潮流而有压力，不需要因为穿着普通感到有压力
432 it’s the opposite in the south: 在南方正好相反
433 heavier clothes made out of warm fabrics: 很保暖的布料做的重重的衣服
434 lighter clothes: 薄一点的衣服
435 throughout the year：一整年