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Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU -

feel un­ready for com­mit­ment? You see, some ques­tions pro­voke other ques­tions in­stead of an­swers. You and your boyfriend hold the an­swer to this ques­tion. Sin­cerely and with­out anger, talk about his oc­ca­sional chills and what causes them. Pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion, not pub­lic dis­play, is the great­est gauge of love.

Q: I’ve just started a new job away from my home­town and moved into a shared house with some other girls. They’re re­ally friendly and so­cia­ble; al­ready they’re talk­ing about throw­ing a big party, which sounds great. The thing is, I hardly ever drink as I en­joy my out­ings bet­ter with­out al­co­hol. How can I tell them with­out them judg­ing me? A:

If they need to know you don’t drink be­fore they no­tice it for them­selves, an­nounce it with­out the slight­est im­pli­ca­tion of crit­i­cism of their own drink­ing habits. You could hon­estly say that drink­ing dis­agrees with you rather than you with it. Let them see you hav­ing a good time al­co­hol-free. As noth­ing de­fuses ill-will like a good laugh, you could even tell them you’re au­di­tion­ing as their ‘des­ig­nated driver’. As long as you don’t make an is­sue of ab­stain­ing from booze, they won’t ei­ther.

Q: I’ve heard that capes are re­ally big right now, but I don’t know what I’m sup­posed to pair one with? A:

Capes ap­pear tricky, but in truth, they’re very ver­sa­tile. Play it like Blake Lively— over a knit dress, stock­ings and an­kle boots, or like Vic­to­ria Beck­ham—clas­sic and chic. Oh, also, there are some rules... It helps to bal­ance the bil­lowy-ness of a cape with skinny pants un­der­neath. It’s also smart to con­sider tex­ture—a wool cape is per­fect for day; a silk one (with jew­els) will soon be your evening BFF.

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