If you've ever been asked to be a bridesmaid then you know two things: First, it's a frekkin' honour to be asked and, second, you live in fear of having to wear (and pay for) an absolutely heinous gown.
Well, turns out, that fear of having to wear a fugly gown is actually totally justified and, if you've been there, you're not alone.
In a recent study conducted by Simply Be, of over 1,000 women, found a whopping 78% of bridesmaids hated their dress.
The worst part? If you're the bride you'll probs never even find out your gals hate the dress you've picked, with 86% saying bridesmaids should graciously accept the bride's decision WITHOUT complaining and only 2% saying they would flat out refuse to be a bridesmaid if it meant they had to wear a dress they didn't like.
In short, bridesmaid dress shopping can often feel like a lose/lose scenario.
On the one hand, you don't wanna be the bridesmaid who slags off the ruffled lime green abomination and hurts the bride's feelings (which can often feel like people are ganging up on the bride) but, on the other, nobody wants to be the bride who makes everyone fork out a tonne of money for a dress they absolutely despise.
So what's a girl to do? Welp, the study found that there's a list of least-liked colours so, for brides who want a crowd pleaser, you can start by steering clear of peach (the least popular colour op), followed by pistachio, green, yellow and lilac.
Alternatively, if it's a no-budge policy on the colour scheme, bridesmaids can ask the bride if they're able to pick a style which flatters their body type.
The best way to make sure peeps are happy? For brides to ask their gal squad for their opinions. If they make their bridesmaids feel like their input is welcome, they're more likely to find a compromise everyone's down with.
Easier said than done though, right?