20+ Useful Phrasal Verbs Relating to Clothes

Do spend a long time picking out clothes when you go shopping?


1. do up

To fasten an item of clothing

Eg: Do up your coat or you’ll get cold.

2. dress up

Put on different clothes to look smarter than usual

Eg: He went to the party dressed up as a Chicago gangster.

3. hang out

To dry clothes outside after washing

Eg: The weather was fine, so she hung out the washing.

4. hang up

To put something on a hook or a hanger

Eg: Don't leave your clothes on the floor, hang them up.

5. have on

To be wearing a piece of clothing or type of clothing

Eg: Jimmy had nothing on but his socks.

6. kick off

To remove your shoes quickly

Eg: She kicked off her shoes.

7. put on

To dress yourself or someone else with an item or items of clothing

Eg: Put on my hat.

8. slip on

Put on an item of clothing very easily.

Eg: She slipped on her flip flops before she went into the sea.

9. take off

To remove a piece of clothing

Eg: Charlie was taking off his shirt when the phone rang.

10. try on

To put on an item of clothing to find out whether it fits or is suitable.

Eg: She always tried shoes on before she bought them.

11. throw on

To put on an item of clothing quickly and carelessly

Eg: I threw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.

12. turn up

Shorten some trousers, a dress or a skirt so that they fit better

Eg: Mr Smith’s jeans were too long, so asked Mrs Smith to turn up the bottom of the jeans so they fitted.

13. wrap up

To put on warm clothes

Eg: She was wrapped up in a thick winter coat.

14. zip up

To fasten something using a zip, or to become fastened using a zip

Eg: The dress zipped up at the front.

15. come off

To become removed from an item of clothing

Eg: He was then running too fast and his shoes came off.

16. go with

Suit each other

Eg: Those shoes go with your dress.

17. Pull on

Put clothes on quickly

Eg: James pulled off his socks.

18. Show off

Show something to a lot of people

Eg: He bought her a ring and she is showing it off.

19. Take in

To make an item of clothing smaller/ more narrow

Eg: You lost weight, and your dress doesn't fit. I'll have to take it in.

20. wear out

To use an item until it is no longer in good condition

Eg: I wore out my boots. I need to buy a new pair soon.

21. button up

To fasten one's clothing tightly, as against cold weather

Eg: You should button up your shirt.

Examples

1. I think I need to go on a diet. I can’t get into my jeans.

2. These jeans are too small for me. I’ll give them away to my friend.

3. Do these shoes go with this dress?

4. I’m looking for my slippers. Do you know where they are?

5. It’s really difficult to pick out a dress. They’re all so beautiful.

6. I need to pick up my suit from the dry cleaners today.

7. Teenagers never put away their clothes.

8. Put on a coat. It’s cold.

9. Take off that hat. It looks ridiculous.

10. Don’t throw away clothes. Recycle them instead.

11. I always try on shoes before I buy them.

12. Children wear out their clothes quickly because they play so much. 



Examples: questions

1. Have you ever found it difficult to take something off in a changing room?

2. When you put away your clothes in a neat and orderly fashion or throw them in your wardrobe?

3. Do spend a long time picking out clothes when you go shopping?

4. Have you ever bought clothes without trying them on first?

5. How do you choose what to put on in the morning?

6. Do you ever wear clothes until they wear out?

7. How often do you throw away clothes?

8. Do you ever give away your clothes?

9. Of all the items in your wardrobe, what’s the most difficult to get into?

10. Do you have anything in your wardrobe that won’t go with anything else?

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