At least it's not a red flag, right? Beige flags refer to the little quirks you might notice in the person you're dating or in a relationship with. They aren't a reason to break things off, but they might not be your favorite little thing about them.
Beige flags in your relationship are generally neutral — not a positive or a negative. But some could point to other qualities in your partner that are just green flags in disguise. These little quirks could be a sign that you're with someone perfectly suited to your personality.
1. Ordering the Same Entree Every Time Might Mean They Don't Fear Commitment
It doesn't matter what Italian place you choose for dinner, they're ordering the lasagna. If you're grabbing fast food on the road, you can count on them to get chicken tenders every single time.
This beige flag might leave you fearing boredom or monotony in the relationship, but maybe it's just a sign that your partner knows what they like and has no fear of committing to those things. If they haven't tired of the same mild chicken wings by now, they'll never tire of you.
2. If They Have Few Social Media Posts They Might Not Care What People Think
Your friends notice that your partner is in more photos on your profile than on their own. They have two photos, tops, and neither contains a photo of their face. Don't let this beige flag scare you off, because it could be a sign that your significant other simply doesn't care what other people think.
In a world where we all share every detail about our lives, you get to be with someone who is a complete mystery to most people. You'll never be surprised by information others might know about your partner because there is no way they know more than you. You can take plenty of photos for your own feed to make up for their lack of an online presence.
3. If They Only Drink Water, They Probably Aren't High Maintenence
They turn down any offerings of wine, juice, or coffee. Ordering a soda or a mocktail at dinner is a no-go. Even summertime lemonade is off-limits. If your partner never drinks anything other than water, you might call that a beige flag.
Only sipping on water might sound like your partner is afraid to be adventurous, but it could also be a sign that they're low maintenance. They don't need all the bells and whistles to be happy and low-key quality time is enough for their love tank to feel full. You can get away with practical gifts for holidays and birthdays and you'll never have to worry about all their stuff taking over should you live together someday.
4. Taking 5 Days to Respond to a Text Might Mean They're Self-Sufficient
It's frustrating to have a conversation over two days that should just take two minutes. You talk about how long it takes your partner to respond to a text, but you might have reason to secretly love the quirk.
Since your significant other is rarely bothered to respond to a message, you'll never have to worry about them becoming dependent on you for every little thing. You can make plans with friends, grab drinks with coworkers, and plan a weekend away with family without worrying about your partner. They'll miss you, but they're also self-sufficient and mature enough to know that you'll come back when you promised. Plus, yours is the kind of attention and company they crave most.
5. If They Choose Snacks Like a Child, They're Comfortable With Who They Are
You might be a bit embarrassed when your partner makes Toaster Strudels while your friends are over, but an immature palate could be a positive in your relationship.
Munching on Dunkaroos while everyone else enjoys a sophisticated charcuterie spread, your significant other is completely comfortable with who they are. You never have to worry about them growing insecure because of other friendships in your life and they'll never be anything other than themselves around you. What you see is what you get, and that's a comforting thing in a world of highlight reels and Photoshop.
6. If They Have 12 Morning Alarms, You'll Never Be Late
The first alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and the cycle begins. They hit snooze and you wait for the 6:05 a.m. alarm to ring. The process continues until it's close to 7 a.m. and you've been awake the entire time. Your partner is still smashing the snooze button while you're rolling out of bed.
This beige flag might be frustrating in the beginning, but if you're a non-snooze type of person, you'll never have to worry about missing your own alarm again. Their weird alarm cycle will have you up before the sun and ready to start your day, every day.
7. Bursting Out in Song Just Means They're Fun
If you're sensitive to loud sounds or the unexpected, you might be consistently surprised when your partner starts belting Taylor Swift at the most random moments. Singing the theme song to The Big Bang Theory as they're folding laundry or singing all the wrong lyrics to a classic rock hit might annoy you at times, but you might also find that your partner is just fun to be around.
Life will never be boring for you if your significant other has no problem breaking out in song and dance when everything is awkwardly silent. You'll never have to think of fun things for the two of you to do because they'll always have an exciting plan up their sleeve.
8. They Overexplain Everything, but They Never Miss a Hint
When your partner starts telling a work story, you settle in for a film-length event. They cover every detail and mention parts of the story that are completely unnecessary and you have to hold back from cutting them off mid-sentence. The overexplaining might get old and your friends might complain about it, but it could work in your favor.
Your partner's attention to detail and ability to remember everything means they'll always get the hint. When your social meter runs out at a party, they'll be the first to make an excuse so you can leave. The item you mentioned just once will be your next birthday present. They even know when you're getting hangry, so you'll never be short on snacks.
9. If They Skip Rinsing Dishes, They Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
It makes your shoulders shoot up to your ears every time they put an unrinsed plate into the dishwasher. Dried egg and crusty spaghetti sauce don't scare them, but this quirk might scare you a bit. Sure, you could be looking at a lifetime of questionable dishes to dine on, but you can also be sure that your significant other will rarely sweat the small stuff.
They don't spiral into a bad mood when their sweater catches on the cabinet and you've never seen them lose a wink of sleep over what someone else says about them. They don't let the little things get them down and that could be a positive for you.
The Good, the Bad, and the Beige
We all have beige flags, though some are more noticeable than others. Little quirks like these can become endearing parts of someone's personality or tiny frustrations that grind our gears. It's up to us to learn how to embrace the best, the less-than-perfect, and the basic beige parts of our partner.