Well, we can certainly put this one to rest: When it comes to drawn-out mutual apologies between two former best friends and subsequent co-loathers who find themselves stranded on a boat during a birthday party in sparkly dresses, a single-arm shoulder-wrap is most appropriate. Because you never know when…
Author and cotton candy-head Lauren Conrad, whose website is generally reserved for tips on keeping dates classy (remember: “Ask him what he is ordering and pick something of equivalent or lesser value”), finally took a stand against a common social affront: the bad hug. You’ve surely cringed at a handshake-and-then-some at work functions, and–don’t lie–have accidentally smooched that second-cousin on account of a lean-in cheek-kiss that lost its way. No more, says the “Hills” alum–it’s time to nip crap embraces in the bud.
So that there’s no longer any confusion when it comes to the big torso-touch, here’s some key LC advice that clearly separates the go-for-it moments from the smile-politely-instead repressions.
1. If you arrive somewhere to find a big group of friends and acquaintances, shake the hands of those you are just meeting and hug your friends.
Peanut gallery says: What if the acquaintance has buffalo chicken pizza? A spare garlic bread stick? Ehh, let’s move on…
2. In a professional setting, it’s best to err on the safe side and not hug unless you are at an after-hours function or holiday party and the occasion seems appropriate. Regardless, it’s always best to ask when you find yourself in a work-related setting.
Peanut gallery says: If you see mistletoe or a drink featuring a cinnamon stick, go in for the kill. Got it.
3) Recognize that there are types of hugs: For family and close friends, two-arm hugs are fine. For everyone else, it’s best to give a one-arm hug. Be careful not to linger with one-arm hugs–two to three seconds is perfect.
Peanut gallery says: Add 2 seconds per every alcoholic drink.
Enlightened? Glad to hear it. Now get out there and spread the do-or-don’t word. The perfect hug awaits (or doesn’t).
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