How to Be a Sophisticated Young Woman

Sophistication is very important, and will highly improve your reputation. It will also make you known as intelligent, refined and ladylike. If you feel that being sophisticated is what you want to do, the following steps will significantly help you!


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    Get the attitude. Have you noticed that it is not only their appearance that makes sophisticated people sophisticated? It is their overall attitude towards life, others and themselves. So try beginning by being more mature and responsible. People will notice.
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    Begin with personal hygiene. It is absolutely imperative that you are always neat and clean. Shower daily, wash your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face, shave or wax the relevant areas etc.
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    Get the looks. Without being shallow or anything like that, I have to remind that good looks are important. If you want to look sophisticated, always look nice. Have your hair and nails done, wear reasonable amounts of reasonable make-up and pluck your eyebrows regularly. Do not wear an excessive amount of cosmetics or you will be hiding your natural features--not a sophisticated thing to do.
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    Dress appropriately. Apart from hair styles and make-up, the way you dress is of crucial importance as well. Always dress for the occasion (as in: do not wear the same to school and to the opera). For everyday style, go with nice clothes that fit you. You do not need to spend a fortune, just choose pieces that you look and feel nice in. For instance, a dark blue knee-length skirt, a white blouse and a black cardigan combined with a pair of stylish black ballet flats or pumps will look great at the library, museum or school. It is also an appropriate style for meeting someone in a restaurant or café.
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    Be well-read and educated. It is mostly education that makes people really sophisticated. So do your best in school, study hard, get good grades and aim for college. Also learn at least one foreign language and read the most significant works of world literature. Along with a general knowledge of art and philosophy, these are exactly the things that will help you make a better impression and will also contribute to your personal growth.
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    Choose a hobby. Ever wondered why all the sophisticated people seem to know each other? Frankly, it is because they do. They run into each other on social or cultural occasions (plays, expositions, balls etc) but they also have common hobbies. If you want to befriend some sophisticated young people, try taking up one of the activities they usually do. Do not force yourself. Just give it a chance and most probably you will find something you will enjoy. Some activities include tennis, golf, horseback riding, rowing, chess, archery, ballet or dancing in general, classical singing, foreign languages, painting or poetry. There are many, many other hobbies and sports you can choose from.
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    Learn to speak properly. Before you decide to start studying a foreign language to be more sophisticated, ask yourself if you are already good enough in your first language. Many people do not realize this but it is important to speak properly and use correct grammar. Avoid using slang or cussing, those are signs of poor education and culture. For example, say "Magnificent landscape" instead of "Good view". Others will regard you in a high position, and you will impress people wherever you go.
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    Be modest. Sophisticated young ladies never boast and brag about their achievements. If you are asked about your strengths, modestly say that you think you are "decent" at it. Talk about yourself like the everyday well-educated woman, even if you are a celebrity.
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    Learn to have excellent posture. Sit and stand with magnificent, regally unapproachable posture. Never slouch or look exhausted.
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    Know how to act sophisticated. For example, a sophisticated woman will laugh softly at good, non-vulgar jokes, but she will not roar. She may consume wine but will not gulp down an entire bottle. She may breathe heavily after exercise but will not make a show of it. She may cry at terrible news but will not sob and wail loudly on the floor and throw a tantrum. She may get angry with a witty retort and a side-glance but will not hit and scream at her antagonist. She may wave at someone she knows in the mall, but will make it graceful and refined, and she certainly will not jump up and down.
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    Have a good relationship with your parents. It is only a myth that the well-off families are all dysfunctional. In order to present yourself as a sophisticated young woman, try working on the relationship you have with your parents and other relatives. You and your mother do not need to be like Rory and Lorelei Gilmore but at least always be polite to each other and never ever fight in public.

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