What is the #1 way to be completely chic, sophisticated, and utterly charming? I'll give you a hint....it won't cost you a single cent. Give up? Simple as it sounds, it's to act classy. And, I don't in any way intend for you to turn into Betty Draper, nor do I claim to be Miss Manners. But, a lady is pulled together, witty, never loses her cool, and ultimately polite to those around her. In this rampant age of celebrities behaving badly, j.b.f. hair, and sexting, a little lady-like behavior will easily throw you into that upper eschelon of chic.
Are you a lady or a tramp? In honor of his new book, Classy, take Derek Blasberg's classy quiz on Style.com.
Want to up your classy quotient? Start today with these 10 things.
1- Say please and thank you.
2- Send thank you notes. Mail is best, email is ok, texting is better than nothing.
3- Show just enough skin. If you are showing a lotta leg, keep the arms covered and vice versa.
4- Learn to eat properly. Nothing is worse than watching your dinner companion shovel food into their mouth like a caveman.
5- Don't be a diva. Nothing will make you look like pond scum faster than acting like a diva. Be nice to waiters, greeters, hotel staff, etc. Don't make their job any more difficult than it is.
6- Head home at 2am. Trust me, the party has hit its peak, and you need your beauty sleep.
7- Don't arrive at a party empty-handed. Bring your host a little something: wine, ice, flowers, etc.
8- Be punctual. There is a fine line between 'fashionably late' and 'rude late'. Try to keep it in the former.
9- Be informed. I am not talking about turning into a news junkie, but jump on the NY Times website, Huffington Post, or pick up some magazines to keep up with current affairs. (US Weekly doesn't count)
10- Never lose your cool - The pen is mightier than the sword, so a witty blow is much more effective than a cat fight on the street.