Do You Sabotage Your Friends' Style?

26 May 2010

In an ideal world us girls should stick together, but let’s face it, sometimes the sisterhood can be toxic. And we’ve just been sent the stats to prove it. questioned nearly 2000 women about the rivalry amongst their friendship group. More than two thirds admitted telling gal pals they looked good in an unflattering outfit, so they looked good in comparison.

On the flip side, 32% also admitted telling a friend they looked bad in something – so they wouldn’t wear it – because the outfit in question looked so good.  

Of these, 92% also admitted that they did it as they didn’t want a friend looking better than them, with three fifths also saying that knowing their friends looked bad made them feel good about themselves.

Wait, it gets worse… When asked the question, ‘Have you ever purposefully sabotaged a friend’s outfit?’ 1 in 10 women claimed that they had. Of those ‘yeses’, 11% had purposefully spilled drink on a friend and 19% had ripped or torn an outfit so it was unwearable.

Think you can rely on your wing women to point out an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction? A quarter of women admit to not telling a friend their skirt was stuck in their knickers, or they had a toilet roll trail from their shoe. Sure, 17% said they didn’t want to ‘embarrass them’ by pointing it out, but wouldn’t you rather be told then be oblivious?

Next time you ask your gal pals for styling advice, think twice. They may have ulterior motives...

- Amy Molloy


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