Imagine I’ve woken up early after sleeping badly. Normally I’m an expert at putting on my trousers, t-shirt or shirt, and jumper or hoodie, but today I’m failing miserably!
Back to front. I have put on my trousers «back to front», this could create a real problem with a want to zip them up. The zip and button will be at my backside. The front of the item of clothing is where the back should be! I’m so confused! I could also do this with my hoodie, and if I put my hood up, I won’t be able to see anything! I’d have a bad day!
Inside out. I’ve put on my socks now. But they don’t look right. They are supposed to be warm and fluffy inside, but the fluffy parts are on the outside today. When this happens, we say that our clothes are «inside out».
Upside down. This last one probably won’t happen to you when you put on your clothes, but is still part of a bad morning. For example, if I try to pour my coffee but my mug is «upside down», none of the wonderful dark liquid will get into my cup. Things are «upside down» when they are put with the wrong end facing upwards. If a person does a hand-stand, they can also be said to be upside down, and that could make putting on clothes even harder!
I hope you’ll find these phrases useful to help others dress and place things in the right way.