Just Do It

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I are both in our 40s and have had a great marriage for the past 12 years. I recently decided that I wanted to get a tattoo. I can’t explain why, I just do. The problem is that my wife hates tattoos and refuses to allow me to get [...]


Dear Short Answers: There is a new woman at work who dresses in a very inappropriate way. The problem is that she dresses TOO WELL!! I work in a casual work environment and she dresses in fancy designer suits and expensive shoes. She’s making the rest of us girls look like slobs. How do I [...]

Sartorially Splendid (Not)

Dear Short Answers: Can you settle an argument that I am having with my wife? I like to wear old clothes around the house and I admit that some of them are a bit ratty. They’re clean but a stain here or there. My wife thinks I should try to look nice all the time [...]

Right to Bare Arms

Dear Short Answers: I recently read an article that said if you have tattoos on your arms, you should cover them when you go on a job interview. Isn’t this being a bit dishonest? Open Book Dear Open: We have found that attitudes toward tats vary considerably more than we might have suspected.  We don’t [...]

Non-Denominational Service

Dear Short Answers: When you host a dinner party and you know that some people are vegetarians, some are vegan, some are lactose-intolerant, some are gluten-free and some have food allergies – what on earth do you make? Or do you just make what you normally would and let people go hungry if they can’t [...]

Rolling Back the Clock

Dear Short Answers: I find it incredibly irritating when my boy friend comments on my clothes. It is never something simple like “that looks great” or “I prefer the yellow sweater.” It is always something like “that belt breaks the line of the dress” or “that scarf is too bright when you still have winter [...]


Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine often asks to borrow evening clothes. It makes sense to me to share things like that since they are expensive and not frequently worn.  BUT my friend returns my dresses without dry cleaning them which strikes me as … vulgar. Should I say something? Wanda Dear Wanda: YES!  [...]

Clothes Maketh the Man

Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine’s husband recently passed away. He was very stylish and had a great many wonderful clothes (which I often commented on). I’m sure that my friend remembered because she has given my husband boxes and boxes of her husband’s old clothes. The problem is that they aren’t the nice [...]

Hair Police

Dear Short Answers: A few months ago, a good friend got a really bad haircut. I didn’t say a word. Now she is going back to the same stylist and plans to ask for the same thing. Wouldn’t it be better if I told her how bad the haircut was so that she doesn’t do [...]

A Matter of Taste

Dear Short Answers: A good friend of mine recently became an “empty nester” when her youngest child went off to college. I encouraged her to develop some new interests and hobbies and she decided to try knitting (I have no idea why). All of her friends were supportive and thanked her profusely for the scarves [...]

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