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Ask Amy: Friendship falters over shunning

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I myself am in a different profession, and I am a lot older, but I believe that because of his profession, he needs to look less frumpy.

I have met his wife and she is very fashionable, but I don't know them very well.

My instincts are NOT to say anything since he is a bit sensitive.

What should I do? Nothing? Say something to his wife?

– Not Really a Fashionista

Dear Not Really: A business referral group is a networking group whose ultimate purpose is to refer potential clients to one another. So, if you’re a dentist and someone in your personal or professional circle is looking for a lawyer, you might pass along your fellow member’s business card and offer a positive referral.


Does his baggy suit affect his expertise?

Do your age or hairstyle affect yours?

The answer, I guess, is mainly not.

Your group might host seminars or work sessions, reviewing fellow members’ social media profiles and offering suggestions about how to improve their public posture. In my opinion, this would be the time to offer gentle, helpful wardrobe suggestions (and to accept suggestions in return).


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