No one’s born classy. You develop it through your behaviors, values, and habits. If your parents aren’t classy and they don’t raise you as such, chances are, you won’t be classy too.
But, the good thing is you can develop classiness over time. And if you’re a man wanting to be more refined, learn from the following habits of classy men that leave a lasting impression:
1) Being genuine
Being genuine is an essential aspect of classy men and their charm. It’s one of the main things that leave a lasting impression on others.
Most people appreciate those who are sincere and transparent, and classy men understand the value of being themselves and embracing their authenticity.
Take, for example, Sir David Attenborough, the natural historian and broadcaster. He clearly demonstrates a deep respect for nature and conservation through his documentaries.
His passion for the environment has inspired countless people to care for our planet. He’s also classy AF with his British accent, perfect manners, patented semi-whisper narration, good looks, and passion for what he does.
2) Having confidence
I think we can all agree that there’s no being classy without having confidence. I mean, elegant men exude confidence through their body language. They stand tall, make eye contact, and have a firm handshake.
That’s just confidence and class 101, right?
The actor Ryan Reynolds is known for his confident and charismatic personality, which shines through in his roles and public appearances.
His wit and humor also make him a fan-favorite worldwide. His confident yet down-to-earth demeanor, combined with his commitment to charity, gave him a reputation of being a classy man.
As they say, women want him, and men want to be him.
3) Having good manners
When we think of classy men, apart from authenticity and confidence, we also think of good manners.
Good manners are big and small gestures like holding an umbrella for someone in the rain or offering assistance to someone carrying heavy bags.
Classy people go out of their way to make others feel comfortable and respected. They arrive on time for appointments and avoid making others wait unnecessarily.
But they also make an effort to remember and use the names and titles preferred by others.
But above all, they feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations. They know how to play it off and keep their cool.
4) Walking the walk
Refined men also have a strong sense of integrity. They stick to a moral and ethical code and are honest when dealing with others.
Their actions align with their beliefs, and they don’t compromise their principles for personal gain.
In other words, they walk the walk.
That’s in direct opposition to all the men that we see all around us who would like us to do as they say, not as they do.
There’s just so much hypocrisy in society, and it all starts at the top with people in power who, at first glance, seem classy but are, in fact, incredibly disgraceful. Their facade crumbles as soon as the cameras stop rolling.
Which brings us to the following:
5) Being consistent
Classy men are consistent in their behavior. They don’t drop their “act” as soon as there’s no one around them. Why? Because there is no act to drop. As I already said, they’re genuine.
What you see is what you get. It’s as simple as that.
They don’t have drastic mood swings or unpredictable actions. Others can rely on them to hold a steady demeanor.
6) Having many interests
Have you ever seen these beer commercials that feature The Most Interesting Man In The World? By now, it’s also a popular internet meme (or at least it was).
Each commercial gives us an insight into the life of this evergreen, classy bearded man. If you watch them in succession, you realize that he’s “the most interesting man in the world” because he has so many interests.
Having hobbies and interests shows depth of character. Classy men pursue passions like playing instruments, speaking multiple languages, yachting, philanthropy, or simply having adventures.
As The Most Interesting Man In The World says in the commercials, “It’s never too early to start beefing up your obituary.”
If you’re having a bad day right now, go and watch the commercials, you’ll get a good few laughs.
For example, “He’s a lover, not a fighter. But he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.”
It cracks me up every time!
7) Keeping calm under pressure
How good are you under pressure? Do you keep composure during stressful situations, or do you succumb to panic or anger?
You see, classy men are problem solvers who think rationally when faced with challenges.
It’s one of the main things that separates classy men from the rest. They act much differently than those without class in challenging and frustrating situations. They simply stay cool and avoid outbursts.
They handle demanding moments with grace and self-control.
8) Dressing well
Picture a classy man in your mind. What does he look like? How is he dressed?
He looks smashing, doesn’t he?
And that’s true. We associate class with dressing up impeccably. Even in casual situations, classy men look different than most other men.
They have a versatile wardrobe that includes well-fitted suits for formal events, smart-casual outfits for everyday wear, and attire that showcases their personal style.
If you can nail this one down, you’re on your way to being at least perceived as a classy man.
In other words, you can fake it till you make it (or become more classy in your behavior, not just attire).
9) Being punctual
You’d expect someone with class to be fashionably late, but it’s quite the opposite. Classy men also leave a lasting impression by being extremely punctual and respecting other people’s schedules.
They not only arrive on time but also plan ahead to ensure they don’t keep others waiting.
If classy people hate something or someone, it’s the people who are always late. They also have the following trait:
10) Having a genuine interest in people
Is it a surprise that genuine people have a genuine interest in other people? No, it’s not.
In their opinion, no one’s boring or uninteresting. Everyone has a life story they can tell. The only problem is that they probably simply don’t know how to tell it interestingly.
They don’t use colorful language when talking about themselves.
That’s why classy men help them convey it in an engaging and intriguing way. They make eye contact and ask follow-up questions to help them make it mesmerizing.
After talking to someone who has class, you, too, can realize that everyone has a story to tell.
Humility is a valuable trait that we find in interesting and classy men. While they often have confidence, charisma, and a wide range of interests, humility adds depth to their character and improves their appeal.
Humble men are aware of their limitations and imperfections. They readily admit when they don’t know something or when they’ve made a mistake.
This self-awareness allows them to continuously learn and grow.
That’s why they often take on roles as mentors or teachers, sharing their knowledge and experiences with others to help them succeed.
Classy men also radiate positivity and optimism. Even when they don’t talk.
Above all their traits, they have a hopeful outlook on life and infect others with their enthusiasm. Their positivity creates a pleasant and uplifting atmosphere wherever they go.
It’s one of the reasons you see people sticking to them like flies to honey.
They also genuinely love to celebrate the achievements and successes of others, showing a lack of jealousy and a generous spirit.
Ultimately, the positivity of classy men contributes to their overall charm and charisma.
Of all the habits of classy men that leave a lasting impression, which ones do you find the most exciting and important?
More importantly, have you recognized yourself in this article? If not, what’s holding you back from being more refined and classy?