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4 little ladylike habits to get into (starting right now)

 

 

From maintaining good habits to knowing the social graces of ladylike behavior (think Kate Middleton), there is no denying that a lot goes into keepin’ it classy. How you behave and the way you act speaks volumes about who you are. If you want to be ladylike, you’ve gotta show impeccable manners and create habits that will stick with you for life—starting now. We’ve compiled 5 ladylike habits that every girl should practice, so grab a pen and take notes!

 

Sit like a lady

This might sound old-fashioned, but it's totally true. When you’re out in public at an event or on a date, cross your legs or ankles (try tucking one foot behind the other and slant your legs to the side). Sit up straight—no slouching—and maintain a good posture. No need to look stiff like you’ve got a ruler taped to your back—just sit up tall in your chair. This habit will help you come off graceful, polished and confident.

 

The napkin rule

As soon as you sit down at a table to eat, place your napkin on your lap. If you need to use the restroom during the meal, be sure to excuse yourself in between courses and leave your napkin on your chair. You don't want your date, friends or family members to see your dirty napkin on the table with their food. When everyone has finished eating their meal, you can leave your napkin to the left side of your plate as you get up to leave.

 

Watch your chewing

Feeling extra hungry or rushed at dinner? Whatever you do, don’t scarf your food down. Slow down and take your time chewing, tasting and actually enjoying the food you’re eating. Take a sip of water between swallows and talk with the people around you to help you slow down. Sometimes we don’t realize it, but we eat so quickly that we lose track of all of our manners. Always remember to chew with your mouth closed, and if someone asks you a question, swallow and take a small sip of water before you answer them.

 

“Please” and “thank you” go a long way

Most of you already know this, but we can all forget the golden rule of manners: using “please” and “thank you” on a regular basis. Always remember “please” when you’re requesting something and a warm “thank you” when someone has done something for you, even if you’re talking to your little bro. Your friends and family will love the extra recognition and will make an effort to step up their manners with you!

 

Tell us: What are some things you do to keep it ladylike? Are there any others you’d add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @girlslifemag.

 

 

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