Are You A Classy Woman? 11 Qualities You Need If The Answer Is Yes

Being a woman of class isn’t about how much money you have or how fancy you dress, it’s about how you carry yourself and how you behave under all kinds of pressure. Here’s how you know you’ve got class to spare.

  1. You’re always willing to help someone out who needs it. Whether it’s a friend, a colleague, or even a total stranger, you’re always happy to do what you can to make someone else’s life easier. Of course, you’re not a doormat and you don’t let people take advantage of you, but you do want to help people out who genuinely need and appreciate it.
  2. You don’t do revenge. While many people like to get mad and get even after they’ve been betrayed, a woman of class doesn’t bother. You know that karma has a way of evening things out in the universe, and you’re too busy living your best life to worry about that. When someone screws you over, you move on to greener pastures and don’t waste time looking back.
  3. You have boundaries and you’re not afraid to enforce them. Having boundaries and deal breakers isn’t only healthy, it’s a necessity. You have to know what you will and won’t accept from the people in your life, and if someone doesn’t live up to your expectations of treating you with respect and consideration, you cut them out, no questions asked.
  4. Drama is for movies, not your life. You don’t play games, give the silent treatment, gossip behind people’s backs, or do anything underhanded. You don’t feed on drama; in fact, you don’t want it anywhere near you. You’re a grown woman and you pride yourself on acting like one.
  5. You’re constantly working to better yourself. While you already have a considerable number of achievements, you’re not one to rest on your laurels. Instead, you’re incredibly ambitious and always working to move forward in your career, your relationships, and your life in general. You want to be as well-rounded as possible. After all, what else is life for but learning?
  6. You always show up to places five minutes early. A classy woman never turns up late or even on time—she’s always at least five minutes early. She values other people’s time as much as she does her own, so she makes sure she arrives before she’s expected so as not to keep anyone waiting. There’s nothing more annoying than people who can’t manage to turn up when they’re supposed to.
  7. Jealousy has no place in your relationships. When you’re dating someone, you don’t waste time worrying about other women, whether they be his ex, his co-workers, his female friends, or the women you pass on the street. You’re secure in your relationship and don’t see the point in stressing about anyone who’s not a part of it.
  8. You know your worth and you’ll never forget it. You’ve worked hard to get to a place of love and acceptance with yourself and you won’t compromise that. Everything you do, you do with your worth in the back of your mind. It serves as a guiding light in all your decision-making and it’s never steered you wrong. A classy woman is secure in herself and that’s that.
  9. You support and uplift other women rather than undermining them. Instead of feeling like you need to compete with your fellow women—whether or a guy’s attention, social media popularity, a job, etc.—you’re always there to support and encourage them. You know there’s enough success to go around and you’re not interested in hogging it all for yourself. A classy woman loves her fellow women and acts accordingly.
  10. You take pride in your appearance but stop short of being vain. While you don’t spend hours in front of the mirror primping and preening, you do take pride in presenting yourself well. You like being well-groomed and wearing clothes that fit well, are properly ironed, and illustrate the classy woman you are.
  11. You always try to do the right thing. You’re not perfect and you know it. You’re human and you’ll make mistakes sometimes, but no matter what, you always try to do the right thing both by yourself and other people. Screwing people over isn’t your thing—you’re too classy for that.
Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill