The Lady-Like Elegance of Sitting Gracefully
A lady who moves with grace and elegance is a woman of poise and beauty. But such a woman is not too common these days, and lucky you are if you hold one of the most cherished graceful manners of traditional women - the graceful way they sit.
How to Sit Gracefully
Sitting gracefully is sitting with dignity. Some may find it too prim and proper that sounds a bit strange in today's fast and forward world. But believe it or not, it brings back the softness and sweetness so captivating of a woman.
- Step as close to the front of the chair as you can. Turn and prepare your body for the sitting posture.
- As soon as your back leg touches the chair seat, slide one foot back then gracefully lower yourself into the seat, slightly sideways. Your weight should be carried by the thighs of your back leg, not with your knees.
- Sit up straight with legs together and heels slightly to the rear. You can sit with legs in front of you, angle your knees to either left or right side, or cross your ankles, but never sit with legs apart, it's a mortal sin to poise. If you're crossing your legs at the knees, there should be no space between the heel and the other ankle.
- Place your hands together on your lap.
- Lengthen your spine, free the neck, and balance the head above the shoulders. In short, sit tall.
When Is It Proper to Cross the Legs
If you’ve been asking the same questions, “How do you really sit like a lady? Do I have to criss-cross my ankles each time? When is it correct to cross my legs at my knee?
The answer is – it all depends on the length of your skirt. If you’re wearing a longer dress or knee-length skirt, then it's all right to cross your legs at the knee. If you’re wearing anything shorter, it’s only proper to cross your legs at the ankle.
When sitting at a social setting, a lady of etiquette will not cross her legs at the knees when wearing a short skirt. She will not dare to bring one arm to rest at the back of the chair, and she will never throw herself completely dunked in a sofa, regardless. She will always care about how she presents herself respectably to any situation and company. She will always sit gracefully.
According to the Institute of Etiquette,
"When sitting, a woman should cross her legs at the ankles. For one reason, it is not considered lady-like to cross one's legs at the knees, especially if one is wearing a short skirt."
If you're in a social situation and in doubt, always err on the side of conservative - cross your legs at the ankle.
Sitting Gracefully Is a Woman's Charm
While it seems fine to go with anything you feel comfortable with sitting, nothing beats proper etiquette. Genuine poise comes from within and it's not something that can be taught very well just through words.
The "rules" on how to sit gracefully are simply guidelines and need not be that ironclad to make it fun and rewarding. Some women have an innate grace that just works no matter what they do. Sitting gracefully is behaving with a touch of class and it's the lady-like elegance that's just being the best that you can be.