When is it ok to lie? First of all I want to say that honesty is the best policy. However, in some instances it is okay to tell a little white lie. For instance, let’s say a friend of yours has an outfit on at a party that looks horrible. She asks you how she looks. It is important to know that what she is really asking is can she carry off the look and do well at the party. You know her to be a wonderful woman and have every confidence in her. To tell her she looks great in that case isn’t a lie. It says that you have confidence in her and that she will impress those around her.
As far as whether her choice of clothing actually looks good to you, that is another issue. It is ok to have different tastes! If there is another color that looks far better on her, you could mention that at another time. For instance, if wearing olive green makes her look like she just barfed, but wearing blue makes her look sensational you could mention that blue makes her look so good it could be her signature color and she should consider working it in with almost any outfit—now that would be constructive!
it is social graces that make it ok to tell that little white lie.