Quick English - Clothing Idioms
The English language uses so many idioms, that sometimes it seems like you can have an entire conversation using only idioms! You have probably heard a lot of idioms that use clothing, but sometimes it's hard to understand what they're talking about.
Here is a list of 8 clothing idioms and what they actually mean.
Clothing Idioms About... Shirts
to have a trick up your sleeve - to have a secret plan
She always seems to have a trick up her sleeve when it comes to seeing sold-out concerts.
keep your shirt/pants on - used to tell someone to calm down
Keep your shirt on! I'm nearly finished blow-drying my hair.
to wear your heart on your sleeve - to express your emotions freely and openly
Rea wears her heart on her sleeve. You always know when she's happy or sad.
white collar, blue collar
white collar: to work in jobs that are done in an office
blue collar: to work in a manual labor industry
Although Chris has a degree in accounting, he much preferred blue collar work like car repairs.
Clothing Idioms About ... Trousers/Pants
tighten your belt - to try to spend less money in order to save it
Tara and Joseph had to tighten their belts so they could buy a house.
money burning a hole in your pocket - to spend money quickly after receiving it, especially wastefully
After Marek got his bonus, he spent it like it was burning a hole in his pocket.
ants in your pants - to be very restless and move around a lot
Bettina looked like she had ants in her pants after eating too many Haribo bears.
birthday suit - being as naked as the day you were born
Giorgia's son runs around in his birthday suit all the time.
You might learn a few more if you're studying at our Midtown school in New York, the fashion capital of the USA. Midtown, NY, is also where you can find the Garment District.