Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

The Case of the Missing Outfits

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My friend and I often swap clothes and accessories. It saves us both money, especially when it’s dressy stuff for special occasions.

I have my first business trip coming up and I keep asking my friend for the suit and blazer she borrowed to go on interviews before she got her job. Every time I mention I need them back, she says she will get them to me and every time we meet up she “forgets.” I have even gone to her place and asked for them and she told me they were at the dry cleaner’s.

What do I need to do to get my clothing back before I have to travel? --- NEED MY OUTFITS

DEAR NEED MY OUTFITS: It sounds like your friend may be giving you the runaround because she has something to hide. Since she’s told you the clothes are at the cleaner’s, tell her if she gives you the claim check you’ll go pick them up. If the items really are there, it may seem unfair for you to have to pay for her cleaning bill, but at least you’ll get your clothing back. If it turns out they aren’t at the cleaner’s and she doesn’t hand them over, you have a choice of either asking her to replace them or doing so yourself.

Whatever the case turns out to be, since you’re both currently employed, I’d say your sharing outfits days are over ─ or at least they should be.

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