Kristin Chirico had always been told that she couldn't wear certain items of clothing because they weren't "flattering."
The term had always confused her, since she would get different and often conflicting reports on what was considered "flattering," so she decided to conduct a study to see if there was any rhyme or reason to the use of the word. She went to five different clothing boutiques and got their personal shoppers to pick out "flattering" outfits for her. The results were just as varied as she expected:
You can check out all of the outfits here. After trying on a bunch of different outfits, Chirico reached the following conclusions:
1. “Flattering” is at best a personal opinion, and at worst a sales tool aimed at getting you to buy things based on your insecurities — often a combination of both.
2. Flattering means something different to different people.
3. Because no one agrees about what “flattering” is…that means YOU’RE FREE.
Flattering is one of those words that doesn't really mean anything anymore, like "literally" or "interesting." So stop using it! Or use it if you want to. Live your life.