believe that it's important to look nice. However, some people
say that we place too much importance on appearance and fashion.
One will hardly disagree that it is pleasant to look at a
person who is neatly and beautifully dressed. A person usually
chooses clothes according to his or her age, social class,
financial position and occupation. People also choose clothes
according to their preferences and character.
To my mind, if a person wants to produce a good impression and
to be successful, he or she must look nice. When people speak to
you, they always pay attention to your appearance and your
clothes. If you look sloppy and untidy, they will try to avoid
you. There is a saying that "good clothes open all doors" and I
quite agree with it.
But some people place too much importance on their appearance.
They spend much money on expensive clothes and sometimes they
look ridiculous trying to be fashionable. There are some styles
that can surprise and even shock people such as punks, hippies
or Goths. It looks strange when a person wears razor blades
instead of earrings, dyes his or her hair bright red or purple
or puts on shoes on enormous platform. Some teenagers are fond
of bright make-up, black fingernails, scruffy long hair or baggy
clothes. But I think it is silly to slavishly follow the current
In conclusion, I'd like to say that nowadays fashion becomes
even more influential than it was in the past. It effects and
moulds public taste. I believe that people should follow fashion
and pay attention to their appearance, but it should never
become a kind of obsession.
think that clothes make the man, while others don't care much
about what they wear.
Nowadays the word "fashion" is a synonym for beauty, style
and glamour. Every shop offers a wide choice of fashionable
clothes and it is hard to resist the temptation to buy something
new. But is it all right to put so much attention to clothes?
Personally, I am sure that there are more important things in
life than fashion. To my mind, people speak too much about it
and waste a lot of money on clothes. I have a pair of jeans and
I wear them every day. I think jeans are comfortable and cheap.
I never go for the latest styles or buy very expensive clothes.
However, most teenagers say that clothes show their personality.
Besides, they are the first thing people see when they meet
them. Teenagers believe that clothes help them produce a
favourable impression and they say they feel better when they
are dressed well. Young people also use bright make-up, cut and
dye their hair and carry different accessories such as bags,
purses, glasses, jewellery, hats or scarves in order to attract
attention. Some youngsters are fond of experimenting with their
look and mixing styles. But I don't think it is wise to become a
To conclude, I believe that clothes do not make the man. The
main aim of clothes is to protect the human body from extreme
weather, insects, chemicals and other hazards. The second aim is
to attract attention and to indicate status. In my opinion, the
main thing about clothes is comfort. As for beauty and style,
they are less important.
of what pupils should wear to school rouses strong feelings on
both sides. Some people give many reasons in favor of school
uniforms. However, there are a lot of people who are against
The problem of school uniforms is discussed in every school.
The majority of schoolchildren have a negative attitude to
wearing a uniform. Nevertheless, there are arguments for school
uniforms that should not be discounted.
To my mind, the school uniform has a lot of advantages. Firstly,
some teenagers wear clothes that are not appropriate at school
such as short skirts or clothes with vulgar language. Secondly,
teachers say that uniforms help improve discipline and reduce
peer pressure and bullying. It should also be noted that most
pupils don't mind wearing uniforms. The wearing of school
uniforms helps pupils realize that a person's unique gifts and
personality traits go deeper than their clothes. What is more,
the school uniform promotes equality because everyone has to
wear the same.
However, some teachers believe that bringing in uniforms will
not solve the school discipline problem. Clothes are not the
main cause of bullying and therefore it will continue,
regardless of dress policy. Most pupils are convinced that
school uniforms interfere with their rights for self-expression.
Some parents are also against uniforms because they are not
cheap. But on the other hand, it is true that teenagers place
too much importance on appearance and fashion. So pupils whose
parents cannot afford to buy them fashionable clothes often
become outsiders and suffer from bullying and emotional stress.
So I think that a school uniform can prove to be a cheaper way
of dressing children.
To conclude, school uniforms still remain a hot topic. I believe
it is up to pupils, their teachers and parents to decide whether
children should wear uniforms or not.
like fur coats and hats, while others think that wearing fur is
Animal furs have long served to make clothes or to decorate
them. However, the use of fur as clothing and decoration is
considered controversial by some people.
Personally, 1 don't wear fur for several reasons. Firstly, the
production of fur coats and hats involves cruelty to animals.
Millions of foxes, rabbits, minks, beavers, chinchillas and
other animals are killed on farms because of their commercially
valuable fur. Many of these animals are raised in cages which
leave them little room to move around. Most animal rights groups
object to the trapping and killing of wildlife. The anti-fur
movement involves celebrities who try to convince people that
fur is not fashionable. Secondly, nowadays there are a lot of
materials that will not let you freeze. Thirdly, fur is very
expensive and I can't afford to buy fur coats and hats.
On the other hand, in some climates it is so cold that people
can't do without fur. For some regions in Russia fur trade is
the only business that gives people an opportunity to support
their families. Besides, some people prefer furs to artificial
materials because they are healthier and much more beautiful.
Anyway, it is difficult to convince people not to buy fur.
To sum up, it is unacceptable to wear furs only because of their
beauty. I strongly feel that fur must be worn only as a
houses complain that producers of knockoff versions copy and
sell their designs. Some people say that copies are much worse
than the original. However, the knock-off industry brings some
positive effects to trends and to the designers as well.
A lot of manufacturers copy famous designers and produce
knockoff suits, dresses, jeans, bags and accessories. Some
people can't decide whether the massive knockoff industry is a
good or bad thing.
Personally, I think that the fashion industry is an expensive
one. So it is no wonder the knock-off business is so successful.
Ordinary people want to have access to the latest styles and
trends as much as the wealthy do. Most middle class consumers
cannot afford to pay 1000 euros for designer jeans, but they can
buy a 100 euro imitation. As a rule everybody knows that they
buy copies, and so there are no complaints about the quality.
What is more, knockoff clothes can be in the shops within two or
three days of a fashion show, before the original is available
On the other hand, the quality of most copies is extremely low.
Poorly made knockoff suits lose colour; bags fall apart. Fashion
houses say that they are losing sales because of the knockoff
industry. Besides, knockoff versions have a negative effect on
their image. But to my mind, knockoffs bring more good than bad
to the fashion industry because they actually promote the brand
or designer, which encourages consumers to buy fashion labels.
To conclude, the copying of brand names and logos is outlawed.
However, the knockoff industry is thriving and producers of
copies are becoming richer and richer. But in spite of the
knockoff business, fashion designers have remained more than
wealthy. Therefore, I believe that prohibiting knockoffs would
be eliminating more good than bad.
A lot of young
people cover their bodies with tattoos and decorate them with
piercing. However, others say that body art has many drawbacks.
Tattooing and piercing are popular in many parts of the
world and they are practiced for decorative, religious or other
reasons. As the use of body art grows, it is becoming a
In my opinion, tattoos and piercing don't make people more
beautiful. Most employers don't want employees to have tattoos
and piercing because it gives them an air of unprofessionalism.
Some people are asked to remove belly rings or tongue studs when
they are at work. Employees often have to wear long sleeves and
trousers to hide their tattoos. Sometimes young people are
allowed to show their tattoos if they are not offensive, but
most companies still prefer conventional looks. Furthermore,
doctors warn people against possible dangers of tattooing and
piercing including bacterial infection and allergic reactions.
These procedures are painful and risky. Besides, one should
remember that it is difficult to remove a tattoo. Some people
have to pay much money to undergo laser erasure treatments.
However, some young people say that their tattoos and piercing
make them feel attractive and rebellious. They also believe that
body art gives them an opportunity to show their individuality.
Anyway, when you are invited to a firm for a job interview, you
can hide your tattoos and remove all jewellery. But I still
believe that body art is unsightly.
To ccmclude, tastes differ. You may admire the huge dragon on
your back, but your relatives, friends and colleagues may
dislike it. If you want to improve your job prospects and to
stay healthy, you'd better leave your body unadorned.
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