The word “classy” is often used when describing someone’s outward appearance – the way they dress.
But being truly classy has to do with so much more than this!
It has to do with how a woman chooses to brand herself – through her words, actions, and appearance.
Think about the difference between branding yourself as classy vs. sexy.
When you think of the term “classy” the following people might come to mind: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Amal Clooney, Kate Middleton, and Grace Kelly.
When you think of the term “sexy” the following people might come to mind: Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson, Brittany Spears, Farrah Fawcett, and Kim Kardashian.
Each of these groups of women have purposefully branded themselves in a certain way!
These ladies can share certain character qualities, but they are perceived by the public in VERY DIFFERENT ways!
If you have decided that your personality, style, and future goals are more “classy”, here are some personality traits that all classy women possess.
1.) SHE DOESN’T CUSS
Today, it is very common to hear profanity everywhere we turn!
“Sh*t”, “F*ck”, “B*tch”, “A**hole”, etc.
If you want to be perceived as classy, don’t make saying these words a habit.
When you’re around someone and they start to use this language on a regular basis, do you think, “Now that’s a classy person!”?
No, the answer is no.
No matter how “modern” a world we live in, there will always be a social stigma surrounding certain words. Television networks still only allow certain words to be publically broadcasted for a reason!
They are not classy and they never will be.
2.) HER FASHION CHOICES STAY CONSERVATIVE & TASTEFUL
Here is a short list of things that are NOT considered conservative.
Booty shorts, crop tops, spandex shorts, tight & short dresses. (That’s branding yourself as “sexy”.)
A classy person is more apt to choose a classic pair of shorts and a t-shirt over booty shorts and a crop top t-shirt.
Dress lengths are a bit longer than “mini” and shirts are usually buttoned up a bit more.
They don’t have any desire to show off their amazing bodies. They’d rather have people see their intelligence and whit first.
And if you think this is old-school, look at the FACTS!
Women are still often treated differently based off their clothing choices. Is this fair? Well, the world isn’t a fair place!
When you are choosing an outfit, try to think of the people you are going to be around.
If you are going to a business meeting, wear something more appropriate/modest.
If you’re going out-on-the-town with the girls, you can spice things up a bit more!
3.) SHE GUARDS HER MOUTH
When someone starts to gossip or badmouth someone else, a classy woman doesn’t join in.
Who doesn’t love the latest piece of gossip? Everyone does!
But it is your choice whether you allow gossip and slander to come out of your mouth.
If a rumor is passed on to you, let it die with you!
Your credibility will be damaged if you become known as a tale-bearer or a gossip.
4.) SHE KNOWS THE POWER OF A SMILE
A classy woman knows when to smile and when NOT to smile.
A smile can convey warmth, approachability, and confidence.
However, you must also realize that if you smile during a serious moment or a situation where someone is trying to embarrass or humiliate you, you are making yourself look weak and vulnerable.
To be classy, you need to know when to smile and when to remain serious.
But a smile is powerful when it comes to connecting with people! A genuine smile helps to relax people and make them warm up to you quicker.
Smiling is easy, so do it often!
5.) SHE TAKES HER APPEARANCE SERIOUSLY
Rarely is someone referred to as “classy” who isn’t well-groomed.
It is totally normal to have dress-down days where you just stay in your sweatpants and an old ponytail!
But when it comes to going out to public events, a classy woman dresses herself up!
It doesn’t take too much effort to put on a nice outfit and do your hair and makeup.
Hearing, “Wow, girl, you look amazing!” never made anyone unhappy.
If you want to learn some classy makeup looks and hairstyle, there are plenty of easy tutorials on YouTube!
6.) SHE DOESN’T EXPLAIN HERSELF
A classy woman is confident in herself!
She knows that her actions, goals, conversations, and life decisions do not need to be explained to everyone who asks her, “Why?”
Everyone has a busy-body or a story-teller in their life! Someone who wants to know the nitty-gritty details of your life, so they can go judge you or talk behind your back.
So, who cares! Stop explaining yourself.
You can simply not answer, change the subject, or say, “I am not willing to share that information” and move on!
Stand tall and be confident in your decisions! Confidence is very classy!
7.) SHE ALWAYS TRIES TO BE PUNCTUAL
It is a small habit that speaks volumes!
Getting the name for “always being late” is not something you want.
It signifies that you don’t value other’s time and that you aren’t a person of your word. Seriously, some people take this very seriously!
Try to leave your house 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually do.
It is so much more classy to arrive early than to arrive late!
8.) SHE IS AMBITIOUS AND GOAL-DRIVEN
It doesn’t matter what your goals or dreams are, the fact is “Do you have any?”
A classy woman goes for her goals! She knows that it takes strength and perseverance to make things happen – and she doesn’t give up!
Sure, everyone has moments of weakness, but it is the ambition that should always win.
When people think of her, they think of someone who is goal-oriented and hard-working!
For someone to have big dreams, they also have to achieve a few things to make them come true.
9.) SHE KNOWS WHEN TO PUT HER PHONE AWAY!
This generation of classy women also know that they can’t be on their phones all the time!
Having your head buried in your phone makes you look impersonal and addicted to social media.
When having a conversation with someone, a classy woman puts her phone away and focuses 100% on the conversation.
Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter can wait! People’s perception of you can be made in a moment.
Don’t let your cellphone dominate your thoughts and attention. Look up and enjoy real life.
You’ll be remembered in a much more positive light.
10.) She Does Little Things For Others
It doesn’t have to be a grand, expensive gift or gesture.
It’s all about doing little things that let someone know “I’m thinking of you” and “I care for you”.
It might be a hand-written note of encouragement, a small gift or a flower bouquet delivered to the door, or maybe a little party planned to celebrate someone’s recent accomplishment.
These little things are always done without expecting anything in return.
It shows people that you are kind, compassionate, and caring.
11.) She is Well-Spoken and Listens to Others!
A classy woman has good grammar and is articulate.
She doesn’t say phrases like “You feel me?”, “Yup”, and “Nope”!
She says “Yes”, “No”, “Please”, “Thank-you”, etc. – always choosing words that are clear, confident, and respectful.
And when speaking to other’s, she doesn’t only talk about herself or dominate the conversation.
She engages people and listens to them, asking follow-up questions and showing genuine interest in them!
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As you can see, being a classy woman has nothing to do with the money you have or the luxury items you own!
It has everything to do with how you present yourself and the choices you make on a daily basis!
Stay classy, ladies!