A study of 2,000 Brits found 21 per cent are their own biggest critic, but 27 per cent wouldn’t dream of saying some of the things they say about themselves to others.
The typical day sees the average man say or think three negative things about themselves – a total of 1,095 a year, while women do so four times a day or 1,460 times annually.
Other areas people put themselves down about included their teeth, stomach and legs.
The research, commissioned by Tu Clothing, also found 26 per cent have become more negative about their appearance as they’ve got older.
It also emerged that when deciding what to wear, adults contemplate an average of five outfits before committing, with feeling too fat or old, and not liking arms or legs being on display among the top reasons for feeling uncomfortable.
As a result, those polled like to play it safe with black being the most confidence-inducing colour to wear.
This was followed by blue and grey, while only 19 per cent feel comfortable in orange and 21 per cent wearing yellow.
But 21 per cent wish they could channel their childhood freedom to chuck on what feels good.
Dress for joy
Actress and TV presenter Zoe Hardman, who is working with TU to encourage people to ‘dress for joy’, said: “With summer upon us, many of us fear getting body parts out that are hidden the rest of the year including stomachs, thighs and upper arms.
“This summer I want everyone to tap into their inner child and adopt a carefree attitude when it comes to getting dressed.
“Kids love to wear what makes them feel great and don’t give a second thought to other people’s opinions.
“I want to help encourage the nation to embrace their own unique style, care less about what others think and have fun putting

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