Maybe it was the time you stepped the wrong way on your high heels and fell in front of a new work friend. Or the time you got to a date and realized your roommate’s pet’s hair was decorating your black dress. These moments can make you feel frumpy and lose your inner Beyoncé. It probably had you thinking about whether there’s a way to go to whatever school Kate Middleton went to, so you never have to embarrass yourself in public again.
Luckily, the collective public is quick to forget your personal mishaps, and walking better in heels can be fixed with a few easy exercises. But if you do want to “class up” yourself, you’re in for a treat.
Being a classy lady or gent isn’t always easy. Most of us were not born with silver spoons in our mouths, much less know where a silver spoon is supposed to go on a table setting. Just because your etiquette game isn’t strong doesn’t mean you can’t strengthen those classy muscles of yours. So put those pinkies up and take a lesson on how to be a little more proper.
Mind Your Manners
Everyone loves a good “Please” and “Thank you.” It’s the little things that count, and that’s definitely the case with manners. Please don’t forget to say these kind words, or else people might forget you.
A Helping Hand
There’s nothing wrong with a good ol’ hand job. Hey! Not that kind — we mean a helping hand. Offering to lend some help will make you the ultimate classy lady/man. If you’re at someone’s house for dinner, always ask if they need extra help. When it’s time to clean up, offer a hand. If you have a friend who is going through a rough time or sounds overwhelmed, a helping hand is just what they need. With one hand, you can take the weight off anyone’s shoulders.
Dinner is Served
Ah, dinner time. A time when you can class it up, or inadvertently do the opposite. For starters, your grandma was always right — no elbows on the table, and put that napkin on your lap. Second, be sure to swallow your food before you tell that hilarious story about your brother. And third, communicating is key. Ask somebody to pass an item, instead of reaching out your dirty little fingers. Furthermore, always let the cook know how much you enjoyed the food. Show everyone how proper you are with those fine table manners.
The Written Word
No, I’m not talking about texting or writing a Facebook status update. I’m referring to the long-forgotten handwritten card. Sending a handwritten note is always welcome, and quite impressive. After a job interview, send a card. After you receive a nice gift, send a card. For certain occasions, like birthdays, illnesses, grieving, etc., send a card. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, so is a nice card — and it’s way more thoughtful.