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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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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      moonlake you are a classy person.

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      6 years ago from America

      Great hub I guess I will never be classy because I will never be a conversationalist with a large vocabulary. I fit into everything else. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, I agree we all need to think about adding a little class to our lives.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eiddwen, thanks. I aim to please :) Hope your weekend was as good as mine.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Naomi's Banner, thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      easylearning web, thanks

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      quildon, thanks. I had this idea one day after watching some of the people while I was shopping. It's incredible how many people have left their manners at home. I truly believe you need to treat people the way you wish to be treated.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      d.william, I haave to agree with you on that. Being uninhibited in the bedroom is a must. With and only with the love of her life.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, I kind of look as class as being the best you can be and acting the best you can.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie48, I try to surround myself with that type of people also. It's never about money.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, how right you are. Class is all about the Golden Rule and how you behave. At least it is in my opinion.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, I agree, that quote says a lot about a woman.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a good way to define what we should all strive to emulate.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful read from you KK G ; voted up and sharing. Enjoy your weekend.


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      Naomi's Banner 

      7 years ago from United States

      This is excellent advice we could all do well to pay attention to. Thanks so much for writing this Hub. Enjoyed the way this Hub was put together!

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      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      I loved your hub...voted up! And good video too. Thanks. :-)

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      Angela Joseph 

      7 years ago from Florida

      KoffeeKlatch, I'm so glad you wrote this hub. At a time when good manners and values seem to have gone with the wind, we need a hub like this to remind us of what is really important. A classy hub from a classy lady. I love that photo of Audrey Hepburn, btw. Voted up and interesting.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      voted up,useful, awesome, and interesting. Well written and all inclusive.

      I just have one thing to add: you state "...there is nothing questionable about their behavior or their style of dress that anyone can gossip about."

      While that statement is true it must be interjected that the classy woman may (must) abandon all, in the privacy of the bedroom with the man (or woman) she loves.

      After all, restraint and prudishness in that arena often leads to a cheating partner. (i'm just saying) L.O.L.

      Great article.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice here I so agree with you about Add A Little Class To Your Life, without class others can look down on you

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Very classy KoffeeKlatch Gals Those people that I most like to surround myself with possess the characteristics you have cited. My Aunt Kathleen was a genteel Southern lady who exuded class. And as you say it is not about money. It's all about the total package. Thanks for sharing Voted++++

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great. I like the quote, " You can be classy without having money. " I think the ' Golden Rule ' covers it all, throw in open-mindedness and nonjudgemental and you've got class..

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Interesting topic, KKGals, and I like your list of classy traits. Here is my favorite 'classy' quote: 'You are classy if your clothes are tight enough to show you are a woman but loose enough to show you are a lady.'

      Very profound, doncha think?


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