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Not-to-be 'outshone' woman demands to 'approve' friend's outfit for BF's bday party.

Not-to-be 'outshone' woman demands to 'approve' friend's outfit for BF's bday party.


Sometimes it's just easier to let our ridiculous friends be ridiculous. But at some point, we have to curb toxic and immature behavior. And if that doesn't work... walk away.

A clearly hot friend was taken aback by the request of an insecure friend, and she came to Reddit to ask what to do next. You decide who the A-hole is...

'AITA (Am I the A-hole) for refusing to go to my friend's bf's party after she demanded to approve my outfit?'

Uninvited_1011 writes:

My (29F) friend Kate (28) has a boyfriend, Jamie (29), whom she has been with for nearly 3 years. We met Jamie on a night out, and I would say that although he's Kate's bf, I consider him a friend. We share an interest in a particular sport that we text about sometimes and if I have a spare hospitality ticket to one of the sporting fixtures, I will sometimes invite Jamie to go.

Jamie's 30th is coming up and Jamie and Kate planned a big party, and I peripherally helped out with logistics when asked.

A few days ago, Kate texted me. She asked if I wouldn't mind 'toning down' my look for the party, and if I could send her a picture of what I was planning to wear.

I asked her what this meant, and after asking several times if she 'really had to say it' she asked if I could dress (verbatim) 'basically what [I] would consider frumpy' because she really didn't want to be outshone at her own boyfriend's birthday party.

When I didn't reply right away she went on to say that she wanted Jamie's full attention that night, which she wouldn't get if I showed up dressed properly. I was a bit annoyed by what she was implying so I said if I was going to be so much of a concern for her, I'd rather just politely decline the invitation.

Kate freaked out saying I was being immature by not coming just because I couldn't steal the spotlight. I said it wasn't about that, it was about her making me responsible for whether or not I draw her boyfriend's attention, which is something I've never tried to do nor done as far as I'm aware.

She then said it was really important to Jamie that she stand out because his friends and colleagues would be there.

I just told her that again, if she was so worried I was going to be distracting everyone, I'd rather not come than feel humiliated from now until the event. I said I would send her Jamie's gift and she could tell him why I wasn't coming.

I guess she didn't tell him the reason, because Jamie messaged me saying he knows I'm 'booked' the night of the party but he'd really like it if I could be there, and asked if I could reorganise so I could come. I hadn't replied, but I got a message from Kate saying she knows Jamie is trying to get me to come and please could I just put my pride aside and come to the party.

I asked if she was going to ditch the outfit policing, but she said no. So I said I would not be coming. She didn't reply, but I've since received a couple of texts from mutual friends saying that while her request is ridiculous, Kate is aware of that, she's just desperate to be seen a certain way and even if it's pathetic I would probably feel the same way in her shoes.

Other friends I've told (who don't know Kate) say I should not bow to the pressure and that she's nuts for even asking, and I don't disagree, but also I feel bad skipping the party when it's Jamie's birthday and he asked specifically that I come. So, should I be going?

What do you think? Is OP overreacting to a stupid but simple enough request from an obviously highly insecure friend? How should she proceed from here?

Reddit definitely needed more information before making a final ruling.

Nitro114 asks:

Info: I know this is probably gonna sound bad but how good are you two looking compared to each other?

And OP responds honestly:

Lol this is the world's most uncomfortable and unfair question that absolutely needs to be answered really. I am considered more conventionally attractive than Kate, and have been since we were in school.

I will say, over the years, I've had certain enhancements so the way I look now is not entirely natural so it's probably not a fair comparison anyway, but of the two of us I've always received more male attention. I obviously don't think male attention is the goal or be all end all of life, but I can admit it might be a factor in Kate's thinking here.

crystallz2000 wants to know:

A couple of things: Tell Jamie that she asked you to dress frumpy, and you don't feel comfortable with that. He should rightfully get PISSED at her because her request is ridiculous.

But, also, are Jamie and you really friends? (I have no idea.) If he was single, would you date him? If he found out you were interested in him, would he break up with her? Basically, it seems like this girl is insecure about your relationship with her BF.

She still has NO right to treat you this way, but I wondered if she HAS a reason to feel insecure. This is just something I'm saying you should think about, because we see these stories a lot on Reddit, and it's always painful when things inevitably end with you two always having feelings for each other.

OP says:

Yeah, we're really friends. I'm married, so even if he was single, I wouldn't be. And even if we were both single, he wouldn't be my type, and I've known Kate long enough that she should know that.

There you have it! Redding unsurprisingly went with NTA (not the A-hole) on this one.

TheRadiumGirl says:

NTA. A friend that demands you look bad just to make themselves look good isn't a great friend. You aren't responsible for her self esteem. She needs to find ways to feel better about herself that doesn't involve dictating what others wear. She's too old for this middle school bs.

longpas agrees:

Yep. Katie needs to grow up. She could call op and tell her she wants some help picking out an outfit to stand out, maybe some makeup tips. Ask op to go shopping together, get some tips, but no.... she decided to ask OP to dull her shine.

Consistent-Chef-6068 comments:

NTA for being you. You will be TA if you don’t show Jamie the texts and let him know the truth about the shallow woman he’s dating. Just wow! If she is this jealous of you already then it sets the tone for all future events. Can you imagine the wedding where Kate is the bride if this is already her attitude for a birthday party. I can see kate being the woman to insist that everyone else wear something ugly so she looks good.

Curious-One4595 lays out several options:

NTA. The request is ridiculous and unreasonable. But: How much do you value your friendship with Kate? How much do you value your friendship with Jamie? If the answer to both questions is “highly”, then you have a couple of options which leave your dignity intact:

1. Tell her you think there’s a better way to handle her insecurities than what she has in mind. Plan a shopping trip together and help her pick out something that looks stunning on her and maybe have hair and makeup done together the day of and pick outfits and hair makeup for you that is within your style but slightly less attention gathering than hers.

2. Tell her you’re not doing frumpy but you will compromise and go with a simpler style as a one-time concession to her insecurities but it will not become a habit and any further requests of this sort will damage your friendship.

Tell her she’s a wonderful person and her insecurities are best resolved through counseling rather than using friends as props. Then choose an outfit/look that is much simpler than your normal style but which really suits you, and dial your charisma back a bit for the night.

If you rate your friendship with Jamie a lot higher, then either:

1. Figure out what will both make you comfortable and make his birthday drama free while you still attend part of it and do that for Jamie; or

2. Dress wildly frumpy in a costume way and have fun with it. I dare you to wear a granny dress and bun or a flannel shirt and denim coveralls. Or pull the old frumpy til partway through gag where toward the end you say you’re overheated and go to the bathroom and take off your fake glasses, let your beautiful hair down, and remove your frumpy outer layer to reveal a glamorous layer underneath.

If your own dignity is more important than either friendship, don’t go. Telling Jamie why is optional.

In conclusion: Don't tell hot people to be less hot.

It's not a good look.

Sources: Reddit
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