You’d think the question of class would boil down to one’s socio-economic standing and be measured by one’s bank account, but Britons say otherwise, and we have to agree. If you want to exude an air of sophistication, a good reference is this checklist below, which is the result of a British survey commissioned by European fashion brand Peter Hahn in 2016. The study reveals that over 2,000 Britons believe that class depends on your overall knowledge and practice of manners and has little to do with wealth.


It seems that basic etiquette instilled in children serves a purpose, as saying "please" and "thank you" is the study’s top indicator of class. Avoiding emotional Facebook and Twitter rants and evading conversations about money also make the top 50 signs at number 11 and 21, respectively.

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Top 50 Signs of Class

1. Say "please" and "thank you"
2. Is well-read
3. Has good table manners
4. Doesn't swear
5. Knows what cutlery to use
6. Is discreet
7. Doesn't start eating a meal until everyone else at the table has their food
8. Holds doors open
9. Never drinks directly from the bottle
10. Doesn't use text speak
11. Avoids emotional Facebook or Twitter rants
12. Gives up a seat on public transport for someone else
13. Able to speak more than one language
14. Has great posture
15. Doesn't gossip
16. Brings gifts for hosts when attending events
17. Shops in Waitrose
18. Doesn't get drunk
19. Knows correct way to pour a bottle of wine
20. Places napkin on lap while wating
21. Doesn't discuss money or how much things cost
22. Knows more than two types of wine
23. Knows correct way to hold a wine glass
24. Doesn't wear football strips as casual wear
25. Is a good listener


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26. Doesn't watch reality TV
27. Knows Mozart from Beethoven
28. Owns a timeless pair of shoes
29. Is up to date with current affairs
30. Has good culinary knowledge
31. Has National Trust membership
32. Only gives compliments when they actually mean them
33. Attends the Chelsea Flower Show
34. Prefers champagne to prosecco
35. Pays the bill
36. Isn't easily flustered
37. Doesn't get into arguments
38. Never borrows money from friends
39. Knows more petry that "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" from William Wordsworth's "Daffodils"
40. Never forgets a meeting
41. Doesn't fill the wine glass to the top
42. Uses the word "supper"
43. Rarely eats takeaways
44. Listens to Today on Radio 4
45. Avoids drinking instant coffee
46. Is a generous tipper
47. Knows how to flirt properly
48. Never caught running for the bus or train
49. Arrives fashionably late to a party (but not too late)
50. Owns a pedigree dog

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Survey results also say that 86 percent of those who took part in the study found the current society to be lacking in class, and 36 percent of them did not consider themselves classy. Aside from proper social media etiquette, a small percent of the British also viewed those who are well-versed in wine and flirting as sophisticated.


Members of the royal family, particularly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, unsurprisingly ranked high on the list of figures that survey-takers admire for their sophistication. Young celebrity Emma Watson was considered a role model, too.

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Apart from the top 50 list, standards of class differ for women and men. How men treat ladies and how well they dress dominated the indicators of a classy man, while a woman who presents herself elegantly, dresses appropriately, and does not downplay her intelligence is admired. Both lists agree that men and women who constantly smell great are considered classy.

Signs of A Classy Woman

1. Wears sublte makeup
2. Ages gracefully
3. Confidence
4. Never drinks directly from the bottle
5. Accepts compliments graciously
6. Only wears heels she can walk in
7. Always smells nice
8. Doesn't downplay her intelligence
9. Reveals cleavage sparingly
10. Wears dresses tight enough to show she's a woman, but loose enough to prove she's a lady


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Signs of A Classy Man

1. Respectful of women
2. Holds the door open for others
3. Takes pride in his appearance
4. Stands up when women join the table
5. Takes his hat off when indoors and in the company of women
6. Has a firm handshake
7. Knows when to admit he's wrong
8. Owns a tailored suit
9. Always smells nice
10. Wears crisp white shirts

h/t EsquireDaily Mail

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This story originally appeared on Town and Country Philippines

*Minor edits have been made by editors

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