50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know… Week 12

WEEK 12

BORROWING CLOTHES:

YOU DO:

Ask before borrowing an article of clothing, pair of boots, or piece of jewelry from a friend, a sister, or your mom.

YOU DON’T:

Take something thinking they won’t mind or that you’ll get it back before they notice.

WHY:

Borrowing something without asking is almost like stealing and you would never do that.  Besides, you are bound to run into that person you “borrowed” the plaid skirt from while you are wearing it.

YOU DO:

Understand the boundaries for what is acceptable to borrow.

YOU DON’T:

Borrow underwear, makeup, hairbrushes, or anything with the tags still on it.

WHY:

Borrowing underwear is far too intimate, even for sisters.  Sharing makeup or hairbrushes may result in sharing far more than you bargained for.  The first person to wear a new article of clothing should always be the person who owns it.

YOU DO:

Return the item of clothing cleaned, wrinkle-free, folded, or on an hanger.

YOU DON’T:

Return a dirty shirt, a knotted necklace, or mud spattered shoes.

WHY:

Being a responsible borrower is as important as being a courteous house guest.  You are a temporary caretaker of someone else’s property.

YOU DO:

Return what you borrowed in a timely fashion.

YOU DON’T:

Wait until the person you borrowed something from has to come and retrieve it.

WHY:

Borrowing is a temporary lease, not a permanent trade or purchase.

 

  • A lady does not borrow something that she knows is too small for her.
  • A lady launders or dry-cleans clothing that she borrows before returning it.
  • A lady replaces something she borrows with the identical item is she stains, tears, or otherwise makes the item unwearable.  If that is not possible, she offers to reimburse her friend with cash for the ruined item.

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