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Street/Urban Wear Expert

The word on the street is... fashion! Our sassy Street Wear Expert Chako is the urban outfitter you need to sport serious threads, G.

How to FunktaFy Any Outfit

Girrrrrl, where are *your* supafly kix? The madness in every scene has always been over a dope pair of sneakers. To funktaFy any outfit, every hip cat should floss a pair of seventie's-inspired track shoes.

Not only are they great for running around downtown, they look good with dark denim and your favorite 70's fitted tee. For the new "utility" look of the year 2000, these colorful shoes add energy and character. Designers from the likes of Saucony to Diesel bring you fabulous colors (my personal favorite-baby blue) and styles (from hi-tech to vintage).

You can find them hi-tech at Lady Footlocker or even discount stores like Ross and Marshall's in prices ranging from $8.99 TO $150 for every wallet. If you want to be the only cat on your street to have a certain pair, brave your local thrift stores for original pairs (I suggest throwing them in the wash first!). Try a pair of bright yellow New Balance running shoes with a monochrome gray outfit or a pair of orange Saucony's with khaki pedal pushers and a black tank top. Track shoes can go with virtually anything to freshen up your gear, supastar.


Also check out these questions submitted for Chako:

Hi Chako,

I have really skinny legs and to top it up they are bow.The only part of my legs that join are my feet and ankles.I would like you to pls help me because I feel so uncomfortable wearing anything short I feel like everybody is staring at my legs.Pls help me.

--Sad girl

Chako's Response:

Hey Sad gurl!!

Honey, your situation can be solved! To avoid accentuating the shape of your legs, try *any* type of skirt, especially the sassy knee-lenth type---see, your options are open! Baggy cargo pants will also look hot---and you can accentuate your upper torso with a fitted top. Flare pants are another good option. THINK RETRO-FIED FUNK-GIRL!! Keep your bottoms loose, your tops snug and your mind open-- beauty comes in every shape and size!



Question 2:

Dear Chako,

I really like fashion, and I always keep up with the trends, but it's hard to find stores in my size with the cool clothes I want. What stores have cool clothes for kids?

--Kid Kool

Chako's Response:

Hey Kid Kool or Teeny Queeny,

The mall is thee typical joint to carouse for "cool" clothes..but the question is: "are you looking for cool clothes AND some orginality? I highly suggest browsing your local thrif stores!! They always have a vast quantity of kids' clothing with logos that you haven't seen since Bill Cosby was ruling the Television set: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider Man, and Ghostbusters to name a few.

They also have cool beat up jeans that you can funk up with metal studs, paints, and jewels (vintage clothes run smaller!). K-mart and Target also have a cheap and chic section for kids on a budget. If you pick a plethora of different stores from your mall, your local shopping centers, and your thrift stores, you can conjure up a really funky wardrobe.

I have one message to put out to you though...PLEASE do not support the Gap or any of it's subsidaries---THE GAP HELPS FUND DEFORESTATION OF THE REDWOODS IN NORTH WESTERN AMERICA!!! thanks for hearin me out, sisstttahhh! yeahhhh---now go hunt!


Chako S.

Question 3:

Hi Experts,

My elbows are ugly.They're dry and black.I've tried everything from scrubing them to applying lotion but nothing works.So when I go out,I've to wear something that would cover my elbows(the same goes for my knees)like a cardigan etc.I'd really like to wear something short sleeved but don't want to bend my arms all the time.Please help!

Sarah Adams

Chako's Response:

Hellllloooo Sarah,

I can think of a few things that you could try for the situation with your joints. First, try drinking a lot of water to help moisturize your's good fer ya!

Check out your local pharmacy for body lotions with Alpha Hydroxy in them to help exfoliate off dead skin. After soaking in a bubbly bath, a loofah exfoliating scrub may help, but excessive scrubbing may cause them to become more irritated and raw--worsening your situation.

A moisture rich body butter in delicious flavors like mango, almond and coco (Try the Body Shop's!) can soothe your elbows and knees and your nose. If all else fails, book an appointment with your dermatologist, he may be able to prescribe something for you. I hope this helped ya out!


chako s.

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