Do you know your class from trash? Lady from laddette? Sexy from slutty? You've probably answered yes to all of them, but just in case, and for general giggles, you might want to check out 'Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady' by Derek Blasberg. This book has been described as an etiquette bible and having been awarded the title of New York Times bestseller, I'd say it's not far off.
I heard about the book after Christiana recommended it in a tweet earlier this week. I'm half way through and can't tell you enough just how much I have chuckled, squirmed and nodded in agreement. I wouldn't suggest reading it while drinking a beverage because you'll probably end up projectile spitting it all over the place from sheer laughter. It's such an effortless read and so cleverly illustrated that I often find myself smiling as I sail through the pages.
In the book, Blasberg defines two types of women: ladies and tramps. By exploring a range of social situations and scenarios- such as how to dress, going abroad, making friends and dating- he elaborates on what distinguish the two. I bet you read that thinking: "Well, that's easy, I know what category I fall into." Me too. But admittedly, I'm guilty of some of the things that he sees to be traits of a "tramp", such as eating with my hands. I mean, how do you eat fries or your burger at McDondald's, for instance? I know I don't scoff mine with a damn knife and fork. Or when I go to Nando's and order my extra hot quarter chicken, I'm not looking at other people's faces. I devour that meat with my fingers. (Ha! I sound like such a neanderthal, but I assure you I'm not.) The way I look at it is: if you want to watch me eat, that's your prerogative.
I don't take everything he says as gospel, but, in all, I agree with a lot of what he documents in the book. I'd like to think of myself as being quite ladylike. Sure we've all done things that are worthy of a side-eye or two but personally, I reckon the key is to bear in mind that there's a time and place for everything. A time to act like a slob- such as on a rare lazy day at home- and a time to act 'proper'- during a date, for instance. Some things are subjective, I guess. One man's "tramp" is another man's "lady".
You can purchase this book from Amazon for under £7 and his follow-on title called 'Very Classy: Be a Lady, Not a Tramp'.
What unladylike habits do you have? What are you currently reading?