Women are intelligent. They are strong. They are beautiful. They should be seen as equals to men in virtually every way. Yet, just because women are reaching for equality in areas never seen before, that does not mean that they have to sacrifice their femininity and their poise in the process. The following are seven behaviors that make women less ladylike and things that can greatly hurt their image in society, as well as their attempts to be taken seriously in business and personal affairs.
1. Saying Bad Words
Whether you call it swearing or cursing, having a foul mouth is one of the quickest ways to appear unladylike. Sure, these words can slip once in a while, but, when they do, you can appear less educated and more impulsive. In the wrong setting, it shows poor manners and can greatly reduce your image as a pleasant and sophisticated woman. Try to avoid using bad words whenever possible.
Smoking is one of the most unladylike of behaviors that a woman can participate in. Not only does it make clothing, hair, and breath smell badly, but it also wreaks havoc on a woman’s—or man’s—healthy. Unfortunately, smoking is an addiction that cannot necessarily be stopped on a dime. But, for those that want to improve their image and their overall life expectancy, it is best to stop this practice immediately.
Spitting is often seen as an impolite and inappropriate behavior. While men are known to spit at sporting events and other activities, women who participate in this uncouth act look less than classy. Therefore, women should avoid spitting whenever possible. It simply is not a good look.
4. Being Rude
A lady should always be polite, even when the situation gets tense. A lady does not bark at nor condescend to those around her. Being rude is a quick way to appear ill-mannered and far from a proper lady. Therefore, those that want to put their best feet forward should avoid this behavior.
5. Being Loud
Another way that women can appear extremely inappropriate in their behavior is through being loud. Sure, having fun with friends and laughing is part of being a sociable and fun adult. But, when a woman is loud at the wrong times or draws attention to herself in ways that are less than couth for the environment, she will not be viewed as a lady. Therefore, women should know their surroundings and not act overtly boisterous in the wrong setting.
6. Posture Matters
Women are poised. Women are graceful. This is part of what makes them appear ladylike and feminine. While posture can be an ignored issue, it says a lot about how that woman carries herself and her opinion of who she is. Confident and ladylike women will avoid hunching and slouching whenever possible. They will walk with their back straight and head held high. It sends the message to the rest of the world she encounters that she is strong, she is fierce, and she is a lady.
7. Wearing Revealing Clothing
Another way that women can become seen as anything but ladylike is through the clothing that they wear. A woman that is constantly showing too much skin can be seen as highly sexual and flirtatious, whether it is a true representation or not. Therefore, women who want to appear as a proper lady should avoid short skirts, low cut tops, and clothing that relegates them to sexual objects.
Written by Michal W.