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Dear Lola,

My boyfriend is a bit of a clothing snob. He frequently picks out my outfits and will give me clothing of his that he thinks look better than my chosen item. I’ve noticed that he is very critical of what everybody else wears when we are out together. He will point out various clothing items and recommend a brand and style that would look better. He also does this to any strangers who happen to be within eyesight. While he doesn’t always approach them to point out something that he thinks would look more complimentary, the constant commentary on everybody’s choice of attire means we don’t usually get to talk about other things. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of people out in public and this keeps him well occupied. What can I do about this?

Beau Monde Boyfriend

Advice for humans. They need all the help they can get.

Dear Beau Monde Boyfriend,

My first thought was to tell you to skip the clothing and go nude the next time you get together, but that will only result in your arrest for indecency.

Yet another great reason to be a canine – clothing is optional.

It sounds like your boyfriend might have found his passion in life but he doesn’t get to use it in a productive manner. You didn’t indicate what your boyfriend does for a living, but I’m imagining if he is in the fashion industry this would’ve been brought up as a justification for his possible preoccupation with stranger’s attire. The next time your boyfriend brings up fashion, which probably won’t be long, you should point out that maybe it’s time he turns his passion into his profession. At least then he’ll be getting paid to judge other people! And he’ll be able to put them in better clothing which leaves him fewer people to analyze when dinner conversation has a lull.

It’s not often that I find a win-win situation for the letter writer and the problematic person in their life, but I think I’ve done it here.

You might also invite your boyfriend to help you pick out clothing the next time you go shopping – he obviously has strong opinions on what would look nice on you and based on your lack of mentioning it, I’m guessing you like what he recommends. Now I’m not implying you don’t dress beautifully, but think of him as a free personal shopper. Give him a budget and hit the stores!

Look! Another win-win!

I believe I’ve earned a nap after all of my hard work today.


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