There are many ways to act sophisticated. Sophisticated people are similiar to classy people, although money means less in sophistication. You will find that people will think of you as intelligent and mature. If it doesn’t come to you naturally, these tips may help.
Make sure you are always well groomed and looking your best before you appear in public. This means that you need to shower daily. Wear deodorant. Ladies, if you want to wear makeup, learn how and do so. Red lipstick is very sophisticated. Otherwise, just wash your face daily. When picking out your clothing for the day, know what looks good on you. It helps to be stylish, but stylish does not mean anything if the article of clothing does not look attractive on you. Ladies, avoid men’s clothes because they will make you look sloppy. Men, avoid woman’s clothes and shirts that are too tight. Even if you want to show off your muscles, it’s not sophisticated. Dont be stupid.
Stand up straight, never slouch. Sophistication requires you to never be tired-looking.
Jewelery. If you have your ears pierced, wear earrings everyday, if not then get your ears pierced. Try to wear a necklace and a bangle every day too.
Mingle with adults and children. Some adults will put on airs, others will become your best friends. Keep that in mind. With children, act interested in what is going on in their lives….such as, what sports do they play, how is school going, etc.
Control yourself in public. Refrain from running around, screaming, waving your arms wildly if you see someone you know. A cool wave and a smile will do the trick.
Wear appropriate attire for the occasion. Nothing too juvenile or revealing is appropriate. For example, if the occasion is formal, dress in formal attire.
Completely organize your room or house, and have everything aligned perfectly. Tidy your room 24/7. You will no longer stress out at the last minute looking for something. Once every month, go through your room and look through the things that you don’t need and throw them out. If you have a hard time with this, then every day before you go to school, make sure your floor is cleared and no clothes or anything is on there. Step by step you will get to a perfect room.
Be punctual. Always arrive at your destination at least ten minutes before you are suppose to be there. Wake up early. People will not take you seriously if you are late to things. You are letting people, as well as their expectations. down.
Eat responsibly. Learn proper dining etiquette and use your utensils properly. Learn when to begin eating when seated with a group. Also learn to host a group through proper ordering, tipping, and especially leading good conversation throughout your meal.
Have good manners. People want to be around someone who is polite. You don’t have to be politically correct, just polite. People want to know how you feel about things. Don’t spend an hour long meal on small talk, but don’t skip small talk.
Be confident but not arrogant. Arrogance, condescension and false superiority are turn-offs to people who might otherwise want to be your friend.
Girls, make sure your legs are always hairless.
About the hair….women, styling your hair is a must. Ladies: If your hair needs more body, buy voluminous products and become friends with your hairspray bottle. If you have wavy hair and want straight or curly, scrunch it or straighten, although many wavy hair types are pretty by themselves. Curly hair needs to be frizz-less, so buy smoothing products that enhance your curls but fight the frizz. Men: Keep your hair neat. If your hair is prone to cowlicks, it may be best to keep it short if you are trying to look sophisticated. If you are African American, avoid dying your hair blond….it looks fake. Both men and women: Avoid dying your hair any unnatural color or too bright of a natural color. Comb your hair always. Men, do not let your hair grow longer than shoulder length. Women, keep your hair no longer than the middle of the back, as longer hair than that is tacky.
Remember classic good manners: chewing with your mouth shut and no elbows on the table.
Always be ready for everything. Carry extra money with you. If you have a cell phone, always make sure that it’s fully charged. You never know when you will be stuck in a situation where you are stuck on your own. You will be very thankful that you brought your cell phone with you.
No electronics! Never check your blackberry or iPhone at a function. If you absolutely have to receive a message or take a call, excuse yourself from the group and proceed privately.
* Avoid heavy jewelry, or gold and silver together.
* Read books on many subjects so you’ll have a wide range of knowledge. Try reading classics.
* Get a good spell check program and use it. No one’s spelling is perfect.
* Don’t overdo your make-up. Keep it subtle and appropriate for your age group.
* Blacks and grays are simple but sophisticated colors. Tailored clothes give a nice sharp line. But remember…it must fit you well.
* Wear a nice, pleasant perfume or cologne. But make sure you don’t over do it!