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How to Handle it If Your Parents Buy You Dorky Clothes

Watch more How to Survive Being a Teenager videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - When it comes to clothes, are your parents still trying to dress you like a fifth grader? Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check return policy Check the store's return policy. Some places will issue store credit without a receipt if the tags are still intact and the clothes appear undamaged. So control the impulse to damage the clothes. Tip Consider trying to sell them on eBay—your trash may be someone else's (pitiful) treasure. Step 2: Donate them If returning the clothes is out of the question, try donating them to charity. Explain to your parents that you "have so much, while others have so little." Step 3: Tailor them Make some alterations. With a bit of ingenuity and access to a sewing machine (or at least scissors), it's possible to transform something ugly into something pretty—or, at the very least, something non-offensive. Tip Unless you're pretty good at garment alteration, spend a little money to have them professionally altered. Ill-fitting pleated trousers may be bad, but ill-fitting pleated shorts are worse. Step 4: Ruin it accidentally Accidentally ruin the clothes by reading the laundering instructions and then doing exactly the opposite. If it says "dry-clean only," toss it in the washing machine with a pair of jeans on "heavy load." Feign disappointment. Step 5: Try honesty Of course, you could always try being honest. Explain to your parents the importance of not resembling a vision-impaired septuagenarian. Tip Refrain from bratty outbursts like, "Just because _you've_ given up on looking good, doesn't mean I have to!" Remember, the goal is to convince your parents to stop treating you like a small child. Step 6: Work it Your final option? Work it! Make do with what you've got. Do you think that history's greatest tastemakers shopped at the mall? Did You Know? Some stores use special computer programs to prevent "serial returners" from abusing the return system.
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