Helping a fashion-backward friend
I'll admit it: I'm a libertarian for the most part. My motto is live and let live. If someone is committing crimes against fashion, it's their choice, their freedom, no matter how silly they look. (That doesn't mean I'm not going to skewer them on this blog though. Heh.)
Seriously, you can't make someone care about their appearance all of a sudden, and it's not your job anyway.
But if a fashion backward friend asks for you advice, or if you can tell that their whining about their lack of a proper job or boyfriend is directly related to the 1980's hot pink pantsuit-with-shoulder-pads they wear to interviews and/or clubs, give your friend some gentle, helpful advice.
First off, approach them kindly to see if they have an interest in fashion at all. Be gentle.
If they do, direct them to us. We can help. It's what we do.
Whatever you do, don't make them over in your style or image. Let them develop their style into something that truly represents them.
and your friend's is Betsey Johnson, learn to be okay with that.