Are you wondering if other people see you as ‘classy’?
While being polite, holding your posture, and wearing appropriate attire are some of the most prominent signs of ‘class,’ there are others–more subtle ways you can behave as a classy person.
Today we’re going to look at some of the top personality traits that separate classy people from the crowd, and we’ll show you how you can present your best self to the world by adopting a few more elegant habits.
You’re actually a classier person than you think you are if…
1) You know your worth
Classy people have great self-awareness. They know their strengths and weaknesses and constantly work to improve themselves.
Besides that, classy people usually lack self-doubt and are very aware of how much value they bring to the world.
This confidence basically radiates from them.
But how can you present yourself as high-class if you still have some self-doubt and don’t feel at your best all the time?
Remember this trick.
A classy person accepts who they are and isn’t going to conform to anything else. That said, they know their flaws (because who doesn’t have them), but they also know that nobody’s perfect.
And yet, classy people always work on improving themselves. They can accept criticism from others as they view it as an opportunity to build on their weaknesses.
2) You like to dress up
A high-class person always takes care of their style. They are never seen as over or underdressed. They prefer to look neat and stylish rather than like they just woke up 5 minutes ago.
Classy folks have the backbone to get suited and booted for the boardroom, the wear withal to shine at an event, and the sensibility to pull out the yoga pants for hanging at home with friends.
They aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and wear a statement piece but know when to reel it in. You will never find them dressed inappropriately.
So, if you like to dress up and other people notice your unique style, you’re probably one step closer to being a classy person.
Continue doing that, and remember that the outside is the reflection of the inside.
3) You have a great sense of social etiquette
Classy people conduct themselves with the utmost consideration.
They are modest with their expressions when having a private conversation, but they follow much stricter etiquette during social interactions.
Some people see their behavior as a little outdated but being considerate, courteous, and polite makes life pleasant for everyone around them.
And not causing any trouble for others is something classy people aspire to, regardless of whether it seems old-fashioned.
Simple things make a big impact. Noting details and other peoples’ likes and preferences lead a classy person to anticipate the needs of others.
And I’m not talking about people pleasing here. It’s more about being sensitive to other peoples’ desires and making an effort to try to meet them.
So, if a classy person learns that someone they’ve met is allergic to nuts, they will most definitely warn them if any food contains the allergen. It shows that they were listening carefully and took this information seriously.
It basically shows that they care.
4) You’re good with words…
Classy people have unwavering speech. They are calm and ooze confidence in their tone.
Their language is sophisticated, and they know how to use words to make an impact. They make memorable statements and can seal any deal.
No matter the company, be it a formal or informal situation, they speak in a dignified, eloquent manner. They never resort to vulgarities regardless of how enraged they and they don’t allow conflict to lower them.
They understand the importance of speech and being conscious of others and will always try to use upbeat language when chatting to uplift those around them.
So, if you’re considerate of others when you speak and try to be diplomatic in a heated situation, you’re classy.
5) …and you aren’t cursing
Ok, classy people are also human beings, ok? And they curse (probably), just not in public.
You’ll most likely never see a classy person throwing the F-word around in daylight in front of other people. No matter what’s going on.
Classy folks make a conscious effort with their speech, so you will not hear them cursing to express frustration or anger.
Many people in modern times curse casually, and some even don’t notice it anymore. But a sophisticated man or woman is more creative with how they express themselves.
Of course, this also comes down to the sophisticated education classy people usually get.
But if you haven’t had a chance to go to a private school, you can still express your ideas in a classier way. Just stop cursing, and you’ll feel the difference straight away!
6) You’re listening to what others have to say
Classy people tend to keep smaller social circles, and they know that listening is just as important as speaking, if not more.
So, they listen to others and memorize the most important details of the speech. Later on, they can bring them up and show that they were actively paying attention (which makes other people like them).
On the other hand, when classy people talk, they carefully choose their audience and know what effect they want to achieve when they share their ideas.
They’re very conscious of how they use their words and the effect of their words on others.
While classy people prefer to share with a close circle of like-minded people, they’re open to learning from everyone around them.
7) You don’t like oversharing
Because they value discretion, classy people enjoy their private lives and don’t aim to share the details with others.
They celebrate victories privately and are not likely to share good or bad news on social media.
Classy people don’t seek anyone’s approval or validation, so they don’t feel the need to get attention from others.
They approach everything methodically, considering if they have something really valuable to say on the subject and if they do–it might be that rare occasion when they make a post on Facebook.
So, if you feel like sharing your life on social media isn’t your thing–it’s a sign of a classy person in you!
8) People say your manners are a bit old-school
Classy people aren’t pretending or faking. They may have learned good manners, but they live by them every day. And it’s true for both men and women.
Classy men can also be called gentlemen, as they follow old-school etiquette and hold a door for a lady or help her with her coat. At the same time, classy women show off their best qualities but stay humble at the same time.
Classy people are charismatic because of their manners. They’re attentive to others and aware of the situation around them.
So, if you’re not a drama queen and your friends aren’t embarrassed by your behavior–you’re on the classy side, for sure!
9) You have a decent body language control
Classy people are very conscious of their body language.
It’s no secret that we all communicate non-verbally and sometimes, our body language says more than words.
In fact, it’s really important to develop non-verbal skills if you want others to take what you have to say seriously.
Most of us are not consciously aware of it, and when we’re presented with unexpected news, it may be hard to hide our reaction even if we want to.
Classy people, on the other hand, know how to manipulate their body signals in order to hide their true thoughts when they need to. So, when a regular person gets caught off guard, a classy person will have everything under control.
Because classy people think more about their composure, they’re unlikely to roll their eyes at something. Their reticence and discretion come into play as well.
10) Independence doesn’t scare you
High-class people know that they can’t rely on others for their own happiness. They know that being independent can be hard, but it also brings freedom.
So they take full responsibility for their lives and only resort to others in the most critical situations.
Don’t get me wrong, having a support group is crucial for all of us. I mean that classy people don’t try to delegate making decisions about their lives to others.
They don’t bother their family or friends with something that they can resolve themselves.
Obviously, they will ask for help from someone with more experience and expertise but they’re up for a good challenge, so they’ll try to deal with the problem on their own at first.
Although classy people are wholeheartedly considerate and generous, they are decisive and mature, which also contributes to how they see being independent–as a gift rather than a burden.
11) You own your success
Most classy people seem naturally successful. Their victories are usually tied to their confidence and how they carry themselves.
When they want to achieve something, they put in the effort and are prepared to go the extra mile to reach their goals. They strive to get ahead of the competition, and they take a lot of pride in everything they do.
Classy people take full ownership of their success and don’t hide from recognition.
At the same time, they can openly share about how much work they had to put into something so that others don’t take it for granted.
How do you develop a strong work ethic?
- Start by setting clear goals;
- Make sure you align your goals with your current situation;
- Manage your schedule in order to take small steps towards your goals every day;
- Strive to constantly improve yourself and your work methods;
- Build a strong support network, and remember that success is often about who you know, not what you know!
12) Kindness isn’t foreign to you
Respect works both ways! A classy person may have all eyes on them, but they treat people as equals. They take time to acknowledge others and their needs, always practicing kindness.
They are never quick to judge others, and they try to be kind whenever they can. They show gratitude to someone who helps them, acknowledging even the smallest effort.
They sincerely apologize when they’re wrong, and they truly try not to repeat this mistake.
Finally, classy people are very compassionate, so they let others know that they see them and that they’re ready to help.
13) You’re a generous person
One thing that sets a classy person apart from others is how genuinely they’re happy when someone succeeds. Classy folks will never try to tear somebody else down. They maintain this quality by practicing gratitude and generosity.
At the same time, classy folks are generous with their time, and they always have a minute to listen to others. They also happily volunteer to help if they feel they can make someone’s life easier.
So, to be a more classy person, try being more generous with your time, love, and support for others!
14) Loyalty is your thing
A classy person has a smaller social circle, and they don’t bounce from relationship to relationship. They spend a long time considering who they want to become close to because they want someone they can trust and rely on.
Once they choose their friends and lovers, classy people stay loyal to them and treat their relationship with utter respect.
A classy person will never;
- Break their promises;
- Betray someone’s trust;
- Gossip about others.
15) You like being rational at all times
Classy people rarely argue because they know how to get the point across, and they accept differences between people.
They are well-versed in how to diffuse an argument tactfully; they never take things personally, so there is less emotional fuel to ignite.
Here are a few more signs of a classy person’s behavior:
- They keep their cool and carefully evaluate their opponent’s claims;
- They think clearly, logically, and rationally;
- If they disagree, they don’t start a fight or attack another person;
- They do not raise their voice or use vulgar language;
- They resolve conflict gently and respectfully.
This stoic level-headedness often makes classy people ideal for leadership roles. Other people who are quick to get anxious will find a classy leader calming simply because of the demeanor they project out into the world.
In the workplace, even if not in a managerial role, classy folks can keep their colleagues focused on work rather than disputes.
Being considerate, polite, and gracious is what having a classy attitude is all about.
What makes classy people stand out is how they’re treating others with the utmost respect at all times. They also aren’t judgmental, and they know how to gracefully behave themselves even in heated situations.
Above all else, a classy person can conduct themself in any situation. They handle themselves without anger or retaliation and never lash out. This helps them to constantly better themselves as they accept criticism for improvement.
I’m sure you found at least a few signs of a classy person that you have too!
We all are classy in one way or another, and it only takes a few tweaks to become a more graceful and elegant person.
Did any of the traits I mentioned resonate with you? If so, you might be classier than you think!