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Letting Your Parents Know You're a Cool Dresser, the Portlandia Way

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Here now, Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia's note on how to navigate tricky conversational landmines like "culottes" and "that hat" with your parents, as well as prepare them for what you might show up to brunch wearing. They'll find it hard to swallow that you "might have a t-shirt with one word on it and it will have cost a lot ofmoney," but they deserve to know.