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Being a teenager can be hard. Learn how to make the most of your teen years with the advice in these Howcast videos. We'll teach you how to practice your first kiss; tell your parents you're sexually active (or pregnant!); sneak out of the house at night (and back in after curfew); apply makeup; be an emo, a goth, or a punk; go on your first date; help a friend who's cutting themselves; have a summer romance; and much more.
You Will Need
- A take-charge attitude
- Ingenuity or money
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.
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.'
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.
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.
Of course, you could always try being honest. Explain to your parents the importance of not resembling a vision-impaired septuagenarian.
Your final option? Work it! Make do with what you’ve got. Do you think that history’s greatest tastemakers shopped at the mall?