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The Variety of Trousers, Skirts and Blouses

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  4. VI Match the style of skirts with their definitions. Translate the names of the skirts.

Trousers are an item of clothing worn on the lower part of the body from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately. Such items of clothing are often referred to as pants in countries such as Canada, South Africa and the United States. Additional synonyms include slacks or breeches. Historically, as for the West, trousers have been the standard lower-body clothing item for males since the 16th century; by the late 20th century, they had become prevalent for females as well.

It's all part of a trend that will see trousers emerge from the back of the wardrobe and take centre-stage again – in so many styles that there's a pair to suit everyone.

In recent years, trousers have been consigned to the back of truly fashionable wardrobes. Here, then, to help you make the most of what's on offer, we show you the key styles and how to wear them.

CROPPED The trouser leg stops halfway between the knee and the ankle.
Cropped trousers only suit those with long legs. The line cuts the leg horizontally and therefore shortens it.

WIDE LEG The bottom of the leg is usually one and a half times the width of the top.

Wide-legged trousers are ideal for tall women, short women should avoid them, because the cut can broaden the figure and make legs look stumpy.

HIGH-WAIST The waistband sits just above your navel - and sometimes even higher.

High-waisted trousers are wonderful on tall or petite women with hourglass figures but they should be avoided by pear shapes as they accentuate the hips and the waist.

BOOT CUT is slim-fitting down to the knee, but they then flare out so that the bottom is wide enough to accommodate a boot.

Boot cuts suit women of all shapes. They flatter the leg and bottom and create subtle curves. They look good with heels or flats.

SKINNY As the name suggests, these are figure-hugging in the extreme.
They look fantastic on petites but curvy women should steer clear, because skinnies accentuate curves.

PEG LEG Pleated and billowing at the top and tapered at the ankle.
Peg legs are an interesting, edgy cut. They flatter taller women, and drown small frames. The loose cut at the top makes them ideal for anyone who's self-conscious about their stomach, but they should be avoided by those with big bottoms or thighs.


Skirts are well known for their floral and subtle designs. They are made of high quality fabrics and are unique for any girl.

The most standard type of skirt is the gathered skirt, with fabric that is scrunched together and “gathered” at the waist line. There two possible styles; those with a straight cut and gathered flared skirts that flare out at the hem. There are also skirts with a similar design that have tucks around the waistline instead of gathering.

Tiered skirtsThese are skirts with two or more “tiers” separated by vertical seams. Broadly speaking, tiered skirts can be separated into either designs decorated with frills or flounces (wide frills), or skirts with gathering at the seams separating the tiers. Whatever the design, tiered skirts always add volume and provide plenty of flare at the hem even when worn on their own, so you can achieve a luxurious look.

Flared skirts are skirts that flare out from the waist towards the hemline. Compared to gathered skirts, the area around the hips is flat and smooth, giving you a clean and light looking silhouette. This is another type of skirt that goes well with a variety of different tops. With short flared skirts, be careful not to make the hem flare out too much.

Draped skirts are characterized by an overskirt that is drawn up with ribbons to make “drapes” over an underskirt. There are designs where drapes are created on the sides or ones where the back is draped in a bustle style, adding volume. Some designs require you to wear a separate underskirt together with the draped skirt.

There are skirts that are open at the front or back, revealing an underskirt beneath. The shape and look is similar to the draped skirt mentioned above. The standard design of the open skirt is a fairly flat overskirt with a heavily frilled underskirt beneath, which looks very luxurious. As for what to wear with it, a blouse may be more suitable than a casual top. Some open skirts come with the over and underskirt already attached, while others are sold separately.

When choosing a length that is right for you, remember to check how well the skirt balances with your height and build. Generally speaking, short lengths give a cute impression while longer lengths look more composed and sophisticated. Skirts with designs that you think might be a little too sweet for you may still suit your style well if they are longer in length.

In mainstream fashion, hip-huggers that hang lower down on the body are popular; however the skirt waistline is typically on your waist instead of on the hips.

There are even designs with a high-waist finish, resembling a corset, which give you a classical look, and have the added advantage of pulling your waistline in for a streamlined silhouette.


III Answer the questions:

1. What are trousers?

2. What is the history of their development?

3. What styles of trousers do you know?

4. What is the difference in the construction?

5. What is the most standard type of skirts?

6. What types of skirts can girls wear?

7. What impression does the length of skirts give?

8. What is the typical waistline for skirts and trousers?

9. How can a waistline create different impressions?

10. What kinds of skirts or trousers do you prefer to wear?


IV Find the English equivalents to the phrases:

Широкі штани; з завищеною талією; пупок; лосини; галіфе; спідниця з декількома ярусами; розкішний вигляд; спідниця з запахом; нижня спідниця; елегантний силует


V Make up sentences with the terms:

An item of clothing, to cut, to hang, to suit somebody, at the top, at the bottom, to make impression, the key style


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