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What to wear to a slumber party/roller coaster/family dinner/etc.

My 16th birthday party is coming up in a few weeks, and I’ve decided to have a pajama party. Meaning everyone has to wear pajamas, myself included. But I can’t find any cute ones! I’m looking for something retro/vintage-y and in a reasonable price range. Can you help? (Please nothing sheer/delicate, since there will be dancing and pizza.) —Zoe, 15, San Diego

Hi, Zoe! That sounds like an awesome pajama-pizza-birthday party! Since you want to go for a retro look, I’d suggest a cute, girly ’60s-style nightgown. I collect vintage nightgowns and I can tell you that they are perfect for dancing while holding a slice of pepperoni! Take a look at the ones I found.


All of these nighties came from Etsy. Top row, left to right: Light blue pleated vintage nightgown, $24, 15 Madison Street; long pink-and-blue vintage nightgown, $18, Saylis. Middle row, L–R: Bright pink sleep shirt, $18, Jonny and Mags; frilly mint-green vintage sleep shirt, $16, TBonita Style. Bottom row, L–R: Light blue 1970s nightgown, $21, Queen of the Universe Vintage; vintage hot-pink PJs, $16.50, Revival Vintage.

Those all came from Etsy, but I suggest you try your local thrift stores first—that’s where I’ve gotten almost all of my jim-jams. You can also try eBay and/or specialty vintage stores, both of which I’ve had good luck with. If we had more moola to spend, I’d say get this babydoll nightgown from Domestic Dame. HOW CUTE IS THAT AAAH! But you might be able to find something similar at your local thrift. If you don’t want to go with a nightgown, these colorful polka-dot pajamas drum up a really fun vibe too. Good luck and have fun!

Next year I am going for an awesome holiday with my family to Florida, but as I’m from the UK I only have one pair of sandals and/or flip-flops for just bumming ’round the garden in. Can you recommend any comfy yet SUPER CUTE sandals that won’t fall off on roller coasters, are comfy and great for walking around parks all day, can get wet without being ruined forever, aren’t “walking sandals” (because I don’t want to look like my mother)? —Emma

Don’t worry, Emma, I won’t let you wear MOM SANDALS. Not that they are necessarily bad, (NO OFFENSE, MOMS OF THE WORLD) but I catch your drift, boo-boo. Obviously, we’re going to have to get you in something with an ankle strap, ’cause can you imagine a slip-on flying into the air and knocking somebody’s popcorn out of their hand?? RUDE! (But funny.) Let’s take a gander at my favorite sandals.


Top Row: Worishofers. Bottom row: Salt Waters.

I personally LOVE me some Worishofer sandals. They are a bit pricey (generally $50–$60), but they’re a total investment. They will last a loooong time and are incredibly comfy because they are designed to give your footsies complete support while also letting them BREATHE. Worishofers also look cool with sheer knee-highs or cute little socks like these guys and the ones I’m wearing here:

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I am also a big fan of the Salt Water Sandal. They’re really cute and comfortable, but the Worishofers have a padded heel, so I’d probably go with those if you foresee a huge amount of walking. Hope this helps!

Are there any places that sell plus-size tights that aren’t hella expensive or only in black? – Kathleen, Edmonton, Alberta

Hells yes, girl. The two that come to mind right away are We Love Colors and Modcloth. We Love Colors has regular and footless tights in more than 50 colors, plus also come in bright tie-dye, splash color, and metallic. Modcloth has plus-size tights in a bunch of different prints—I love these blue floral ones, these skull fishnets, these peacock-feather ones, and especially these sexy lace tights. Torrid also has a good variety of fishnet-type tights like these zebra ones and these thigh-highs with a cute bow in the back. I also adore ASOS Curve’s tights. These heart suspender tights are a personal favorite of mine, and these sheer striped guys are BANANAS! Finally, Ragini mentioned these two sites in her “Because You Can” yesterday: Teja Jamilla and Sockdreams. Both have plenty of exciting options in larger sizes. Hope you find some you like, babydoll!

I recently bought a fake nose ring from Etsy and am in complete love with it. I just love the subtley of a slim, silver nose ring, and I think it compliments my face. Unfortunately, my entire family thinks otherwise. They always make faces when I wear it and say stuff like, “Ew, take that thing off.” Just today I was telling my mom that my friends like my nose ring and say it looks classy, and she replied, “Classy?! I’d call it more trashy for a 14-year-old girl to be wearing one of those.” These comments have started getting to me, and I don’t know what to do. Do you think a fake nose ring on a 14-year-old is “trashy”? —Ellie

No, I don’t think a fake nose ring is trashy. Basic nose rings—small silver hoops or studs—are pretty common, and I think most people see them as just like any other everyday jewelry in this modern time of 2013. Is your “fake” ring a practice run for getting a real piercing someday? If so, shouldn’t your fam be happy that you didn’t go and get it pierced behind their backs or take the dangerous risk of piercing it yourself!? I’d say it’s pretty normal for family members to hate on stuff that’s considered “edgy” in some respects, unless they are “edgy” themselves. When I was a teen my mom hated my colored hair and piercings, but I still tried to look how I wanted to (though I did take out the tongue piercing out when she threatened to never buy me anything again—I really wanted burgundy Doc Martens for Christmas!). Unfortunately, you’re probably going to get shit for your nose ring if you keep wearing it, but if you really love it and can deal with their trash talkin’, then keep on keepin’ on, my sista. Would it help if you told them someone awesome like Demi Lovato or Miley Cyrus had their nose pierced? No? OK, fine. Either way, hopefully they will get used to it after a while and lay off! ♦

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  • AngstyTheBrave August 7th, 2013 2:09 AM

    Those skull fishnet tights are amazing! Thanks for answering my question. :)

    I do love Sock Dreams socks but it does bug me that even their plus-sized tights don’t fit women above 178 lb, if that (although they say that they stretch to fit above that). I mean, maybe if I were shorter they would fit but being tall and chubby/fat normal tights barely go above my knees. I don’t know man, I’m rambling.

    Also, does anyone in Canada know if Reitmans, Addition Elle, Penningtons, etc. have any tights? I am definitely buying the skull fishnets but I also need (okay, want) some solid colors and as much as I love the international shipping is ridiculous (okay, not that ridiculous, but I’d rather spend $20-ish bucks on a $15 pair of tights with $5 shipping than $9 tights with $13 shipping)


    • indigosunday August 7th, 2013 10:56 AM

      I’m not sure if they still have them but Urban Outfitters carry coloured tights and even if they do not have them in store, they will ship them for free. the only problem is that if they send them from BC to Alberta you pay BC’s tax
      x A
      p.s. I live in Edmonton and it’d be so cool to know someone who reads Rookie. my blog is so send me a message there if you would want to meet or something. :)

    • lousybeatnik August 9th, 2013 2:43 AM

      Hey doll,

      The socks at Celeste Stein Designs are SUPER fun and they have a huge selection of prints (!!!!!)). They also carry “plus-size” tights that fit 175-225 lbs. Though not terribly cheap, they are seriously fab ;)

      Best of luck!

    • pobody August 13th, 2013 11:45 AM

      Check out additionelle! You can’t get them online right now but I know in stores they’re about 12 bucks, and the second pair is 40% off. I have cobalt blue and bright purple. Definitely sign up for their email newsletter and get their points card because while AE can be pricey, their sales are amazing, like $50 off a $100 purchase!

  • Princess Mononoke August 7th, 2013 2:50 AM

    This is great! I have that sort of problem with my mom not understanding what is “edgy”, it seems like something all teens have to go thru with their old folks. If you like the way it looks on you or makes you feel and it’s not hurting anyone, then just do it! :) I think it’s really smart to get a fake one before taking the plunge and actually getting a piercing, also, I’m 14 and don’t think it looks trashy. You go girl!

  • sissiLOL August 7th, 2013 2:57 AM

    I never know that there are so beautiful pyjamas at the woarld!!!!!

  • saramarit August 7th, 2013 10:58 AM

    Check out Bedhead pyjamas they’re the ones Jess wears in New Girl!

    • ontario2000 October 8th, 2013 4:49 PM

      OMG so cool I have been jealous of Jess’s pyjamas since the very first time I saw New Girl hahah well we all know what’s on my Christmas wish list :)

      On a completely unrelated note, if anyone needs something to do, please check out my album! Every song is written and recorded by me and I’m using the money I make for a university fund lol

      Here’s the link to see it on iTunes and I hope you like it!

  • freya2770 August 7th, 2013 11:35 AM

    Hey, I live in the UK and I don’t actually think Worishofer sandals are available here (since Emma said she was from the UK). Sorry if I’m mistaken.

  • Alienor August 7th, 2013 1:02 PM

    To Emma, there are these french brand sandals that are awesome ( I own a lot of them :p) They are called Tropéziennes
    I don’t know if you can buy them in the UK, but here they are on amazon :éziennes-par-M-Belarbi/dp/B006281Z2Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1375894721&sr=8-3&keywords=tropéziennes

  • KatGirl August 7th, 2013 1:27 PM

    Nice! …. If only I actually liked wearing tights, those are so pretty.

  • NotReallyChristian August 7th, 2013 1:35 PM

    I LOVE Sockdreams. I’m not strictly speaking plus size (unless Tyra Banks is the one deciding) but I’m on the chubby side and I love how they give detailed information about which size to get and how everything fits – ill-fitting tights are the OFFICIAL WORST.

  • Sophie ❤ August 7th, 2013 2:16 PM

    These were really good questions!

  • deniz August 7th, 2013 6:19 PM

    I wonder what’s your idea of a mom sandal. those were some of the mom-est sandals I’ve seen in a while.

  • Mira August 8th, 2013 4:57 PM

    for vintage-y pj’s American apparel has a sale on their retro satin roller shorts (4 BUCKS GUYS, 4 BUCKS)

  • kikiweasel August 9th, 2013 2:16 AM

    Check out the brand, Sanuk, for awesome/heavenly comfortable sandals.

  • abby111039 August 19th, 2013 10:26 PM

    Ohkay so I totally need to start keeping an eye out for vintagey nightgowns like that, because those are gorg.

    And I relate to the nose ring part. I don’t have piercings (yet), but my parents and older sister look down tremendously on people with any type of piercing that isn’t located on the ear. (Except for gauges, they can’t stand those.) Welp, all the more reason to pierce my nose and lip just to spite them all. ^_^