10 Style and Beauty Questions You Should Never Ask a Woman

FlickrWow, how much did THAT cost?!There are certain fashion and beauty questions you really shouldn't ask any woman unless she's your best friend -- and even then, you should proceed with extreme caution.

See my top 10 list after the jump -- and add your own recommendations in the comments! 

1. How much did that cost?

When your friend turns up wearing a ring with a rock the size of a golf ball, the last question you should ask is the first one that's on your mind. It's never polite to ask how much something cost, particularly if it looks like it was expensive.

2. OMG, did you get breast implants?

Plastic surgery is a very personal matter, and if your friend wants you to know what she's had done, she'll tell you. Otherwise, keep your speculation to yourself.

3. Is that a spray tan?

Well let's hope so! Tanning bed tans and sun tans are just a bad idea. Still, no one wants to admit that she got naked and sprayed down with chemicals in order to get that golden(ish) glow. Don't ask.

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4. Are you wearing false eyelashes?

False eyelashes are huge right now, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to ask a woman if she's wearing them. And why are you so nosy, anyway?

5. Is that a wig?

Probably. But what business is it of yours? If you ask a woman this question, she'll be worried about her faux hair for the rest of the night.

6. Have you gained weight?

Come on, now. You KNOW better than to ask this question. And yet I think all of us have been asked it at one time or another. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!

7. Did you get that at [insert name of cheapest, tackiest clothing store in town here]?

Are you trying to make me punch you?

8. What size are you?

This is another highly personal question for just about any woman over size two. Most of us hate our dress size, or at least wish we could be down one or two more, and the last thing we want to do is compare ours with others.

9. Is that a fake?

If you're asking the receptionist at the oil change place about her 'Chanel' bag, then come on. You already know the answer -- you're just torturing her. It's safe to say that most of the designer sunglasses, bags, and watches you see around town are fakes. There's really no need to confirm it unless you're a customs officer.

10. Is that your real eye color?

Seriously, why do you need to know? Lots of people get tinted contacts. Few want to admit to it.

Do you have questions to add to the list? Tell me about them in the comments!


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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

The lady at the oil change place... you already know? Sometimes, you really don't.

organ... organicyogalove

lmao, I'm the wife of a man who manages something you might consider blue collar work, yet he seems to make more than his office dwelling counterparts and gasp CAN AFFORD TO BUY ME DESIGNER BAGS! clothes! shoes! you name it! so no, dont assume my louise vuitton is fake or my christian louboutins are knockoffs and you should be able to tell the difference between fake and real if your going to post about asking someone if her bag is real or not :x 

The lady at the oil change place may have saved up her last dime for that bag, or it may have been a gift from someone. You make an ass out of yourself by assuming things of others while claiming to be a fashion guru. 

Sidthe Sidthe

...Wow! It could be entirely real for #9. I'm a receptionist/cashier but my boyfriend makes a lot of money and bought me a coach bag after I commented on how cute it was for my birthday.

^And I agree you are making an ass out of yourself assuming it was a fake!

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Definitely asking if anything is "fake" is SOOO rude. Im not much on labels, but damn.. I know an ass when I see one.

nonmember avatar C

Y'all are hyper defensive about the purse thing. Calm down. Linds said "most of the designer sunglasses, bags and watches you see around town are fakes". Which isn't to say you are a poor piece of trash. It just means most are fake. She didn't mean YOU can't afford it.

Melis... Melissa042807

I get crap about how long my makeup routine takes. "It takes you THAT LONG??? Oh my gosh you need such-and-such product because it should NOT take you that long!" Um, thank you. But until you have lived with my skin for as long as I have and understand its quirks and needs, you really shouldn't try to play dermatologist/makeup artist with me. And I don't mind how long it takes. I'm used to it. 

nonmember avatar A

I can ask my true friends anything and they wont get offended.

Don't ask strangers anything personal, period.

Of they are behind a counter, they are there to represent their workplace.

If they are in a style shopping, have a little respect and let then shop.


I don't go to the grocery store to make friends.

People now days just dont know when to be quiet.

DGmomma DGmomma

Really? Are women THAT shallow and/or insecure that we are telling others its off limits to ask these things? Get the f over it. No one I know does this. ALL my family/friends have asked me these questions & I proudly tell the truth. If you're ashamed of the fact you wear fake lashes you have serious issues & need to grow up.

nonmember avatar Cat

It is incredibly rude to comment on another person's weight. Period. On both ends of the spectrum. I get "omg did you stop eating?" And "are you TRYING to lose weight?" No. I am race training and I eat well, I do not starve myself. Back off.

Commenting on weight shows a huge lack of tact and class.

the4m... the4mutts

IMO if you don't like the question, just be honest and say "that's a little personal" or just smile and say "guess you'll never know!"

The only question I find rude from anyone other than close friends, is when I'm shopping and someone assumes I'm much younger, then says something along the lines of

"You're still so young, why don't you wear *instert item here*" usually hoochie shorts or something.

I think age associated style is stupid, even if its a compliment that I can still get carded for a rated R movie at almost 30 yrs old

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