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What is Class?

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Class is a quality that sets someone apart from the rest. It is respectful, elegant, confident...It is also being someone that others look

Classy and fabulous
Classy and fabulous | Source

What is class?

When people are asked to describe class you will often hear the words elegant and sophisticated. When asked to name someone that they think of as classy they often name Audrey Hepburn. I have to agree with that.

A classy person is often understated, respectful, open minded, confident, well mannered and of course, well dressed. I think that Jacqueline Kennedy also fits into this category. Both of these women seem to personify class.

Class has nothing to do with having a lot of money. It does, however, have everything to do with how you spend it. Talking about how much you have and how much you spend is definitely a sign of someone who is missing class.

A classy person has manners that are 'one size fits all'. In other words they treat everyone the same. They are gracious and polite to their waitress, as well as the homeless person on the corner, and the president of a Fortune 500 company.

They say 'cleanliness is next to Godliness'. For someone who has class this appears to be true. They are clean in their appearance as well as their behavior. In other words, there is nothing questionable about their behavior or their style of dress that anyone can gossip about.

Classy is being a person people look up to and want to be near. The classy person doesn't talk about others, gossip, or slander others. If they have nothing good to say, they simply keep it to themselves.

As my girls were growing up I tried to raise them to have the qualities of a classy person. Someone who is kind, caring, not judgemental, and a person that others would respect and enjoy spending time with. It is a wish that I think most mothers have for their child. The qualities of a classy person are ones that are to strive for.


For many Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of class.
For many Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of class. | Source

Classy Quotes

Being classy is a way of life. It's in the way you walk, talk, dine and dress. While I'm not perfect, being classy is something I always aspire to be! - Unknown

I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing. - Aaliyah

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it! - Gary Ryan Blair

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. - Ann Landers

Real Women are classy, strong, independent, loyal and loveable and one thing about them is they know they deserve better. - Unknown

“There's money, and then there's class. The two are often separated. - Kate Jacobs

Class Will Always Shine Through
Class Will Always Shine Through | Source

Becoming Classy

So, we now know what class is, hoe do we develop it in ourselves?

  • Show your true self to the world

For this to be effective you need to be an honest person with integrity. You need to be able to be proud of the way you conduct your life.

  • Treat others the way you wish to be treated

Follow the "Golden Rule". Use your manners and common courtesy.

  • Pick your battles

Not everything is worth fighting for. Don't stoop to another's level and constantly bicker.

  • Define yourself with a clean elegant look

Always wear what you feel comfortable in and what flatters your body. Presentation is important.

  • Become a great conversationalist

When you have a number of things you can talk about it makes other feel comfortable and important. Be able to hold up you end of a conversation.

  • Acquire a large vocabulary.

Not only does it make you appear smarter it also helps you broaden your conversational skills.

  • Be open minded

People enjoy being around others that are open to new and different ideas.

  • Listen to others

Don't try to be the center of attention. If you listen when others are speaking you'll be surprised at what you can learn.



Stay classy
Stay classy | Source

Classy traits

Classy is...

  • a sense of style and a good taste in clothing.
  • good hygiene, nice skin, clean nails...
  • generous
  • virtuous
  • respectful to others
  • gentle
  • independent
  • witty
  • polite and speaks calmly
  • charitable
  • intelligent
  • respects accomplishments
  • thoughtful
  • open minded
  • compassionate
  • good conversation skills
  • caring
  • well mannered
  • respects learning
  • a large vocabulary
  • well spoken
  • kind and friendly to all


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Susan Hazelton

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