I believe that every young lady should know ways to be more ladylike if she cares to be taken seriously or treated like a lady! Of course, if you’re a tomboy, or don’t care for feminine things, you can still learn ways to show your girly side without flaunting it, or wearing bows in your hair! I am a girly girl so I love knowing ways to be more ladylike! Read on if you would like to know how you can feel more girlish and portray yourself to be more ladylike!
1. Dress the Part
One of the ways to be more ladylike is to dress like a lady. Of course wearing a skirt or a dress almost always paints the perfect picture of a lady, but you don’t have to wear a dress to be ladylike! Being ladylike is about putting care into your appearance. Avoid wrinkled, dirty, sloppy, and mismatched clothes. Never wear sweats in public. Dressing like you care is the first step to being more ladylike!
2. Posture Matters
Have you ever seen a princess or a queen or even a first lady with slouchy posture? Of course not! Ladies always carry themselves with dignity and style. Try to avoid walking in a stomping, slinking manner. Sit with your ankles crossed when possible!
3. Remember Your Voice
A woman’s voice is an incredible tool. It can be used to build up or tear down. It can be used to speak words of wisdom or pass along gossip. A woman’s voice can be harsh and critical or it can be soft and kind. A lady’s voice is always sweet and gentle, and never shouts in public!
4. Final Appearance Check
One thing I always try to do before leaving my home to go out in public is a final appearance check! Glancing in a mirror one more time before I leave helps me make sure I don’t have any flyaway hairs or undergarments showing through my clothes. Do a final check over to make sure you look as ladylike as you feel!
5. Actions Speak Louder
We’ve all heard the saying “Actions speak louder than words.” It’s so true! Someone who is rude and criticizing, and always doing the opposite of what she says she will do is usually not viewed as a “lady” in most people’s eyes. Let your actions define you, and you will be more ladylike than ever!
6. Attitude Matters
I’ve known some of the most fashionable, well-put together women who looked every bit like a lady on the outside! But their attitudes completely changed my whole opinion of them. Remember that a whiny, ungrateful, or overly flirty attitude will not help you to present yourself to be more ladylike!
7. Good Manners
Manners DO matter! The most fun, considerate, and happy girl to be around can put a damper on anyone’s spirit if her manners are sorely lacking. Common courtesies go a long way! And remember, consideration for others' feelings and the words you choose are every bit a part of your manners as chewing with your mouth closed and saying “please” or “thank you”!
8. Modesty is Not Overrated
In a world where we see models, advertisements, and commercials that showcase barely-covered women, it can be easy to feel the pressure to take it all off! Don’t give in to this stigma, because modesty is not overrated! You don’t need to dress like a prude, but wearing clothes that keep you covered is the next step to becoming more ladylike!
9. Keeping in the Loop
So many people make the mistake of assuming that girly girls who like to be ladylike are full of clouds for brains. This isn’t the case necessarily! Try to keep up on current events and happenings. Keep your mind sharpened with a good education and be in the know on your favorite topics. Know what you believe on controversial matters and why you believe it!
You don’t have to wear a dress to be ladylike (although dresses are fun to wear if you’re a girly girl, like me!). But as you can see, there are many other ways you can portray yourself to be more ladylike if you would like! Do you have any other tips?