Have you ever talked with someone and found yourself thinking, “Gosh, they’re very classy, aren’t they?”
Everything about them spoke class and sophistication. The way they looked, smelled, spoke, and acted.
When we think about sophistication and class, most of us imagine old money. By that, I mean long-standing families with wealth and social status.
But being sophisticated doesn’t mean being rich. Sophistication is represented through everyday habits, manners, and lifestyle choices.
The lives of classy and sophisticated people are usually shaped by a good number of everyday habits.
So, keep reading to find out what they are.
1) Good table manners
First, of course, are good table manners.
In all fairness, we should all have good table manners, at least basic ones like using utensils properly, chewing with our mouths closed, and avoiding talking with our mouths stuffed with food.
But being classy is even more than that. It’s eating with style, too.
You’ll always notice people in restaurants who ooze class. They always place the napkin on their lap as soon as they sit down (or someone does it for them).
They never rest their elbows on the table, and they keep their good posture during the whole meal.
Above all, sophisticated people are clean eaters, never in a rush, and never drinking with their mouths full. They want to make everyone at the table feel comfortable.
2) Using respectful language and being calm
Sophistication and class have everything to do with behaving with respect and decency towards absolutely everyone.
Using “please” and “thank you” are conversation essentials. Classy people will never disrespect you, and they always try to remain calm.
They choose their words carefully because they know words hurt, and they avoid criticism and negativity.
Being snobbish and looking down on people is not their thing, but leaving a good impression on everyone is. They treat everyone equally.
3) Excellent personal hygiene and grooming
Washing your face and teeth, slapping some gel on your hair, and calling it a day is basic but not classy.
That’s me every morning, but I’m trying, ok? No judgment here. We’re all guilty of this.
Classy people pay attention to details. You don’t have to spend a few hours every week in a hair or nail salon, but you should pay attention to your hair, nails, beard, and every part of your body.
It’s keeping your appearance on point:
Smelling nice and looking nice is very important, and classy people will always take care of their hygiene.
Their skin is moisturized, their beard groomed and smelling nicely.
This shouldn’t be that hard to achieve, right? I know I’m trying my best.
4) Paying attention to health
Sophisticated people don’t only maintain the outside appearance. They pay attention to their health, too.
It doesn’t mean you should spend a fortune on every check-up there is.
Exercising, swimming, nutritious meals, and enough relaxation to combat stress will be enough to keep you healthy.
Being committed to keeping yourself healthy, both physically and mentally, means life well lived, and that’s pure class. It’s a way of investing in a better quality of life in the future.
Broken body and mind are of no use to anybody, but self-loving and listening to your body is.
5) Being always on time
To be honest, I never understood people who are constantly late. I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, the way they’re raised, or just how some people are.
My family, including my wife and her family, has always been punctual about everything.
I’m also the person who comes to appointments sooner rather than later.
I’d rather wait than be waited for. Even the thought of someone waiting for me makes me uneasy.
I’m not calling myself classy or anything; I just don’t believe in the words “fashionably late.”
Time is precious, especially today, and being constantly late for appointments or meetings is poor time management and disrespectful.
This is something that sophisticated people understand, and they take punctuality very seriously.
Every person who wants to look serious and professional should, too.
6) Carrying yourself with confidence and grace in different situations
Sophisticated people are confident people. You can’t ooze class without confidence but also grace.
For example, they don’t look at their phone when they’re with other people, and they don’t speak or laugh loudly. They stay calm and respectful during difficult situations and even criticism.
You’ll not see a classy person constantly picking at their face or hair, but you’ll see them concentrating on keeping eye contact and listening to what you have to say.
7) Avoiding trendy fashion and dressing classy
When I think about a sophisticated person, I think about a few good-looking, simple, and classy outfits that don’t go out of fashion.
You don’t need to label hunt and follow what every magazine has to say. It’s all about details: a timeless white shirt, a nice belt, and an outfit that fits you perfectly.
Spend money on clothes that will last.
I think about it this way: If your kid can wear some of your clothes in the future, it’s money well spent. It’s durable, and it will always be in fashion.
For example, my wife loves finding good pieces in my mother’s closet. Also, my father gave me an old classy watch that he had for 40 years. Not a single scratch on it.
I believe that people dressed better before and paid more attention to materials.
Also, don’t forget to show your quirky style. Choose pieces that will suit it perfectly.
If you wear it with confidence, you’re more classy than half the people on the street at the moment.
8) Showing an interest in art, literature, culture, and local events
I know it sounds a bit cliche, but sophisticated people show interest in art and literature.
However, you don’t have to be a classic opera fan to be classy and sophisticated.
If you’re generally curious about art and you’re not a stranger to galleries and museums, then you’re on the right path.
But also, not everyone is into museums and galleries. Some love visiting coffee shops that hold art exhibitions where you can enjoy a more relaxing vibe and also support your local artists.
Sophistication also means learning more about community culture.
Classy people hang out with people from different countries and like to explore different cuisines.
Above all, they like to engage in local events, attend meetings, volunteer, and support local charities in general.
What I’m trying to say is that they are curious people who are trying to be aware of the world around them.
9) Hunger for knowledge
Sophisticated people are always hungry for knowledge. They invest in education, and they always explore.
That’s why they’re also open to new ideas and critical thinking.
They are well-educated and well-spoken and always look for opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, and online courses.
They don’t try to sound smart and be know-it-alls. They want to be relatable.
How do they do that? Well, classy people still read, take classes, and, most importantly, travel and meet the world around them.
Sophistication and class mean paying attention to details about your look, talk, and overall energy. Being sophisticated is all about having confidence and good manners.
If you want to be more classy and sophisticated, start by incorporating some of the habits from this article into your own life.
Maybe by reading this, you discover you’re classy already.
Whatever it is, don’t forget that it isn’t about changing yourself. You’re just becoming a better version of what you are already.
Let those unique quirks shine even more.
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