Yesterday I was talking to a friend who I’ve known since I was 16 and she commented that back then she was jealous of my super cool trendy hairdo I had back then (it was an asymmetrical style very 1984), and it’s funny that I never saw myself as either cool or trendy back then. When I was 16 I would have loved to be called cool or trendy, these days if someone complimented me telling me I look trendy I’d be horrified and wouldn’t feel it was a great compliment for me at my age, as trendy feels too ‘try hard’ for a women in her 40s.
I love to be told I look great, gorgeous, and of course, fabulous. But I don’t enjoy it when someone tells me I look like I’ve lost weight (I haven’t and it always makes me wonder how fat am I in the image in their head?).
If I was told I looked chic, I would also think chic is not a word I’d used to describe myself and it feels too high maintenance for me. Through my work I’ve met women who would like to be described as feminine, and others who would be horrified at the thought.
What compliments do you enjoy receiving and which ones make you feel uncomfortable?