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Dear Dish-It, I Feel Like the Most Unfashionable Kid


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Dear Dish-It,

Hey! I have a little problem... I feel like I'm THE MOST unfashionable kid on earth. I really want some nice clothes that I can wear to school without being embarrassed. I'm always wearing the same clothes over and over again day by day and week by week. I don't wanna tell my parents because they're already having troubles with money, and I'm afraid that if I tell them I need to buy new clothes, they might worry even more. I don't wanna go to a cheap outlet store or a place like Goodwill. I just want some fashionable clothes so that I can get dressed happily! Please reply!
Anonymous


Dear Anonymous,

I hear ya. No one wants to wear the same clothes day in and day out - but you can wear your everyday pieces in different ways and make it seem like your wardrobe is a lot bigger than it actually is! For example, you can wear your jeans the plain and regular way one day, fold them at mid-calf to turn 'em into capris another day, and accessorize it with a big belt or wide sash yet another day! You can also change up the look of a cardigan sweater by wearing it upside down and letting the ends drape around your neck and shoulders. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it's a funky way of wearing a basic item. Just take a look in your closet and brainstorm some ideas. You'll be amazed to find new and creative ways of wearing all of your clothes!


You can also put your sewing skills to good use by revamping some old clothing items and giving them a whole new look! Revamping old clothes is a great way to add "new clothes" to your wardrobe without draining your wallet. Just take those old jeans or sweater and figure out a creative way to update them into something trendy and fabulous. If you have a pair of jeans that you don't wear anymore, either cuz you don't like the style or you've grown out of 'em, you can chop off the legs to make a "new" denim mini. Or, take one of your old T-shirts, snip off the sleeves and sew them back on so it gathers to make puffed sleeves - voilà, you have yourself a "new" tee! There are so many ways you can rework old clothing into new pieces. For more DIY ideas, check out Kidzworld's article on how to revamp old clothes!


Since you're strapped for cash and can't afford to shop at the trendiest stores in the mall, go check out thrift stores like Value Village, Salvation Army, or secondhand shops in your neighborhood to score great vintage pieces. Sometimes, you may have to dig deep in the bins or scour the racks, but you could end up scoring some amazing vintage finds for bargain-basement prices! Don't think of it as used or donated clothing. Just think of it as vintage... and remember, vintage is in! On a side note, what's wrong with outlet stores? They're some of the best places to buy expensive stuff for discount prices!


Oh, and one more thing - if your parents are having money troubles and you don't wanna ask 'em for an allowance, what about getting yourself a part-time job so you can earn your own money and buy the clothes that you want? There are lots of places you can work at, like a fast-food joint, a clothing store in the mall, the movie theatre, or even a babysitting gig in your neighborhood.


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    drowning
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    @rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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    My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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