We’ve all been there – those awkward first five minutes of a family gathering when you’re standing around in the kitchen making small talk with people you haven’t seen in 12 months, searching your brain for something, ANYTHING to say.
Out of desperation, people will often default to what’s right in front of them: appearance. But even a throwaway comment about how someone looks or what they’re wearing – particularly when it’s directed at young people – can have an impact long after the dishes have been put away and Grandad’s fallen asleep on the couch.
The safest option? Not to comment on anyone’s appearance at all. But we know it’s not always that simple, so we’ve put together this guide to make sure you (or your parents, or your aunty, or your neighbour) aren’t THAT person at your next catch-up…