IELTS Positive/Negative Essay Sample 4 - Fashion

In this post, we will look at a positive/negative essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Many people consider that it is essential to wear stylish clothing in their everyday life. This essay believes that this is a negative trend for people should consider wearing attire that is comfortable rather than trendy. Firstly, this essay will discuss the importance of wearing clothes that give comfort and secondly, the negative effects of following fashion trends.

On the one hand, there are many types of garments that are available in the market, as demand grows from season to season. People should choose clothing that gives comfort rather than following trends, as these are much cheaper and not complicated to wear. Comfortable clothes can also relieve stress as they are made from light-weight fabrics and are very affordable for they don’t have intricate designs that can add to the cost of the clothing. For instance, an article in Harpers Bazaar Magazine from 2016 reported that elaborate designs in designer clothes could make the price of the clothing increase by 89% from its normal price.

On the other hand, being fashionable can be a burden. There are a lot of instances where people have purchased stylish clothing on a whim without considering if they can really afford it. They believe that by wearing something chic they can be popular and 'on trend' when in reality trends change fast, so buying fast fashion is not really a good way to spend money. Owning the latest designer handbag or shoes can also cripple your finances, even though people may see them as being investment pieces. For example, according to a study by the Metrobank Philippines in 2016, it revealed that 75% of credit card delinquents are women that purchased items of clothing and accessories from high-end brands.

In conclusion, I believe that although looking good is important we should also take into account comfort over style. However, following the latest fashion trends can lead people into debt, which is not a good thing.

(Word count - 321 / Band score 8)


  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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