Today we’ll have a look at some English idioms and phrasal verbs used regarding wearing clothes.
Before you can leave your house, you’ll need to get dressed. You’ll take off your pajamas and then put on the clothes you want to wear that day. We use take off to mean remove clothes and put on has the opposite meaning. Once you have put on something, we would say you are wearing it. Here is an example:
I am going to work today, so I need to put on a suit. I don’t usually wear a suit to work, but I have a meeting, so I need to wear one. I will put on my blue suit, a white shirt, and a red tie. The weather isn’t good, so I will put on my raincoat, too. Now, I am ready to leave the house. I am wearing my suit and my raincoat. Once I reach the office, I will take off my raincoat. The office is usually warm, so I will take off my jacket as well. I will put on my jacket once the meeting starts.
After work, I am planning to go to the gym. I’ll stop home and change first. I’ll take off my suit and hang it up. Then, I’ll put on shorts and a t-shirt and go to the gym.
So, take off means remove your clothes, and put on is the opposite of that. After you put on your clothes, you are wearing them. When you go from wearing nothing to wearing something, you get dressed. When you switch the clothes you are wearing to something else, you change your clothes or just change. Here are some more example sentences:
- Please take off your shoes before you enter the house.
- Put on your coat, it is cold outside.
- I usually get dressed after eating breakfast.
- I’m wearing a white dress to the party tomorrow.
- I want to change after work before going to the bar
What do you usually wear when you go to work or school?