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Dear Dish-It, How Do I Update My Wardrobe?

Dec 27, 2006

Dear Dish-It,

My parents don't have money to buy me clothes that are up-to-date. I'm tired of wearing jeans and a T-shirt with a sweater over it. I'm way outta style - what do I do?
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Dear pop_luvr_05,

High school can be hard enough when you're able to keep up with all the latest trends and buy new outfits whenever you want, but the reality for most teens is that they don't have the resources to buy the same shoes that Mischa Barton wears. So, how do you stay stylish on a low budget? First off, being stylish does not mean dressing like everyone else. Just because all your classmates are wearing Diesel jeans does not mean you have to as well. It's important to figure out what you want your personal style to be before you head out on your shopping trip.

Once you've established the look you want to go for, it's time to head to your local thrift and vintage shops. Shopping here takes a lot more time and patience than heading to the mall, but can be just as, if not more, rewarding. Shopping second-hand doesn't mean you have to look out-of-date or messy - there are tons of clothes in great condition just waiting to be found by the perfect person. If you're looking to go a little more preppy, search the skirt aisles for cute, school-girl style pieces. This paired with a collared, button-up dress shirt, leggings and ballet flats are perfect for spring. Looking for something a bit edgier? Skim the jeans aisle for some old-school, '90s skinny jeans, grab a plain, over-sized T-shirt and a chunky belt to throw around it. You'll be stylin' in no time and it'll cost a fraction of what it costs at stores like Hot Topic or Abercrombie and Fitch. Once you've established what kind of clothes you like for your body, you can even start making your own. De-construct old items you don't wear anymore or start from scratch with some cheap fabric.

  • For more information on updating your wardrobe for less, Click Here!

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"classicalmusicisepic" wrote: "SmartSunnyShadow" wrote: Hello everybody! Please help me! So I am in grade 6, and I have none of my best friends in my class. It sucks so bad, and when I first came I had no friends either.  Now, though I'm over that and I have made some new "friends." They are really nice and helpful to me, well at least I thought. I think they are just like that because I'm smart. So I made 4 friends.  I'll give their fake names; Camila, Socccer Gal,Bubbly Princess, Harry Potter Fan123, and Shy Flower. So, today I got an A+, and Harry Potter Fan123 got an A++ since she did extra bonuses that I had no idea about. Whatever, I'm over that.  HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM! So I have a guy in my class that I hate like hell, and my friends Camila, Soccer Gal, and Bubbly Princess told him that I  like him, and I was like EWWWWWWWWWW!!! Well then I blew out and made a racist comment that I am so sad about and my friends were like crazy! I have no idea what to do. Then, my friends started bullying me, and I was like so shocked, I told them to shut up. WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!?!?!   what you're going through right now is actually a part of life, and I think a lot of people have been in similar situations, including myself. everyone is actually bound to come across fake friends in their life, and sometimes it gets quite difficult to manage. if you've said something particularly offensive, I would probably say sorry. I mean, at least you have your original best friends? If they're caring and supportive, they'll try and help you as much as they possibly can. But if you feel like you're not being cared about by these girls in your class, and if you feel inferior to them, I would try to drift away, they're nothing but bad energy for you. I hope I've helped in some way. Good luck! Yes, it's very lonely in my class without any close friends. I am going to say sorry, and thanks a lot! You've helped me a bunch! 
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classicalmusicisepic
"SmartSunnyShadow" wrote:Hello everybody! Please help me!So I am in grade 6, and I have none of my best friends in my class. It sucks so bad, and when I first came I had no friends either.  Now, though I'm over that and I have made some new "friends." They are really nice and helpful to me, well at least I thought. I think they are just like that because I'm smart. So I made 4 friends.  I'll give their fake names; Camila, Socccer Gal,Bubbly Princess, Harry Potter Fan123, and Shy Flower. So, today I got an A+, and Harry Potter Fan123 got an A++ since she did extra bonuses that I had no idea about. Whatever, I'm over that.  HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM!So I have a guy in my class that I hate like hell, and my friends Camila, Soccer Gal, and Bubbly Princess told him that I  like him, and I was like EWWWWWWWWWW!!! Well then I blew out and made a racist comment that I am so sad about and my friends were like crazy! I have no idea what to do. Then, my friends started bullying me, and I was like so shocked, I told them to shut up. WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!?!?! what you're going through right now is actually a part of life, and I think a lot of people have been in similar situations, including myself. everyone is actually bound to come across fake friends in their life, and sometimes it gets quite difficult to manage. if you've said something particularly offensive, I would probably say sorry. I mean, at least you have your original best friends? If they're caring and supportive, they'll try and help you as much as they possibly can. But if you feel like you're not being cared about by these girls in your class, and if you feel inferior to them, I would try to drift away, they're nothing but bad energy for you. I hope I've helped in some way. Good luck!
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"-Oracle-" wrote: "SmartSunnyShadow" wrote: Okay, thanks but will anyone else help me???  If they're as good friends as you're making them out to be then I'm sure they'll forgive and forget. Try not to over think the situation. Okay, thank you so much! 
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"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:In the part where you said they started bullying you... what were some of the things they specifically said?If they were just calling you insensitive or racist, tell them it was an accident. You can apologize about the racist comment. If you show you really are sad about it, they'll know you mean it.I hope everything goes well and gets better ^-^ Thank you! They were bullying me about how I was so stupid and how no one liked me. I shall apologize, thank you again! 
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