April 12, 2016

Bring a Fashionable Touch to Your Language With These Fashion Idioms

3 minute read

Love wearing a stylish outfit or keeping on top of all of the latest fashion trends?

You might be surprised to find out that fashion can influence more than just the clothes in your wardrobe this season. It’s also quite a important theme in the English language!

Read on to discover some great fashion-related idioms, and learn how you can incorporate them to add an extra touch of personality to your English.

To buckle down to do something

Need to make a big effort to complete a task or get started on something difficult?

Then it’s time to “buckle down” and do it. This idiom describes the act of making a big effort, or work harder to succeed at your goals.

For example:

“She knew she had to buckle down and start revising if she wanted to succeed in her exams.”

Tough as old boots

If someone or something is “tough as old boots”, it is used to describe being emotionally or physically tough and resilient. You could use the phrase to describe someone who does not share their feelings, for instance, or someone who does not get upset easily.

For example:

“He’s tough as old boots – even though his boss was having a tantrum, he managed to stay calm.”

To fall apart at the seams

This idiom can be used to describe someone or something that it physically or metaphorically breaking down.

You could use it to describe something that may be broken or stopped working, or you could also use it to describe a person or situation that is not functioning properly.

For example:

“I use my favourite handbag all the time – but now it’s falling apart at the seams.”

“There is never anyone around in their shop – the organisation is really falling apart the seams now.”

Do something like it’s going out of fashion

If you’ve ever taken up a new fashion style, only to find that it’s gone out of style after a few weeks or months, then you know that you will want to get as much use of your new style as you can!

To do something like it is going out of fashion means to do it a lot, or even too much – as if it was going to go out of fashion or no longer exist in a short space of time.

For example:

“They’re spending money like it’s going out of fashion.”

To handle someone with kid gloves

This idiom is used to describe being extremely careful about what you might say or do around a person, especially if they are very sensitive, to make sure that you do not upset them in any way.

For example:

“I always have to handle my sister with kid gloves when it comes to asking questions about work – she gets very upset!”

Hot under the collar

Feeling hot under the collar? This idiom is used to express when someone is very angry or furious.

For example:

“When he found out she’d been stealing from the business, he was extremely hot under the collar.”

What are your favourite idioms to use? Share them with us!