My friends constantly mock me because I dress conservatively

Dear Helpline,

My friends constantly mock me because I dress conservatively and I’m not into fashion trends like them. I’m honestly comfortable that way. I really want them to stop bothering me. What do you suggest I do?

Dear Anonymous,

It is very important for one to voice their thoughts when something is affecting them; this way, you are more likely to get results, can make life changing decisions, and also, will most likely have improved spirits, as you are no longer carrying that weight.

If your friends are blind to their actions, and you do not share what is on your mind, their behaviour, most likely, will remain the same.

Build up the courage to approach your friends; if you have voiced your thoughts repeatedly, and your friends continue to disregard you, perhaps, you need to find a new, positive, social circle.

Remember, friends respect one another. Do not hang around, or feel an obligation to, because you have known them for a long time; true friends will never hurt each other intentionally.

If your friends refuse to depart from their ways, it will eventually affect the nature of the relationship; perhaps your friends believe that it is harmless humour, let them know that it isn’t.

I truly hope that there is a positive outcome.

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