- 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?
- FACT: Some stores use special computer programs to prevent 'serial returners' from abusing the return system.
You Will Need
- A take-charge attitude
- Ingenuity or money