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Did you say CLASSY?

I hear people talk about classiness a lot, what it means to be a classy lady and why one would prefer to be classified as “a classy lady”. Well, let’s first understand what the words classy and class means.

The word class has a lot of meaning, depending on how and where it is being applied. My general understanding of class can be summarized in the list below;

  • social/economic  status
  • category or ranking in quality
  • stylish excellence
  • magnificence and grace
  • outstanding quality
  • Grouping of particular people
  • Belonging to a certain category
When the word class becomes classy, the meaning shifts a bit. A person, place, behavior and things can be referred to as “classy” in different ways.

When a person or a lady to be precise (I hear it mainly used to refer to ladies) is referred to as “classy” the meaning being discussed here is;

  • Her Elegance
  • sophisticated style
  • The way she conducts herself, leaving others to admire her
  • Her grace
  • Her standards of personal behavior/mannerism
One can financially be rich/wealthy and not be classy. One can also be financially poor and be classy. I personally do not link a person’s classiness with finance. I tend to lean more towards the character and conduct of a person. Although many like to associate being “classy” with one’s financial background in many societies, I do not see much of the link, Unless these dictionaries also got their definitions wrong;

The Oxford dictionary defines classy as ” Stylish and sophisticated”

Merriam Webster defines classy as “high standards of personal behavior, admirably graceful, elegant and highly stylish.”

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Tz-paparazzi’s 10 most important rules of a classy person

Here are few points on what we might call”classy” in no particular chronological order.

  1. Do not tell people that you are classy. Let people judge for themselves. Let them see, smell and hear classiness from you.
  2. Make sure that your clothes are always clean and neat, no matter what the fashion might be.
  3. Walk straight and pick those feet up when you walk (do not drag them ever)
  4. Be more of a listener than talker
  5. Be confident but not arrogant
  6. Be stylish and wear what looks good, comfortable and presentable for your body type.
  7. Do not hate on other people unnecessarily
  8. Respect yourself and others
  9. Be mysterious
  10. Do not over accessorize

Assessing classy brands

When it comes to classy fashion brands, I do my research. I absolutely find pleasure in shopping. I feel I need some academic transcriptions to complement my years of experience in shopping. I am a mother, wife, diplomat wife, social worker, media consultant, trend setter and a friend. You can imagine my life and my style when it comes to shopping for my family, friends and sometimes just social events.

Remember, I am comparing these brands based on my own experience and taste.

Shall we start?

I found two amazing classy clothing brands in India I absolutely L.O.V.E.  Ajio and Cylory.

Ajio: I buy many Indian ethnic sets from Ajio. Their style is unique (especially Ajio’s own), elegant and sophisticated. Their designs are simple and silent. I wear many of their Kurta sets for parent meetings at school, charity social visits and sometimes diplomatic social events. why these particular places?

many of Ajio kurta set designs are neat, comfortable, well put together, conservative, charming and admirable. Noticeable but not loud. These are what I feel a lady’s energy should ooze out when present at these places. At least a classy lady that is.

My current problem with Ajio; sometimes the delivery takes too long and when delivering there is no option for clients who want to “swipe”, for a company such as Ajio this is a disappointment. If the details they place in their clothing will also apply when sending the parcels, they would reach greatness.

Cylory: When it comes to friendly parties, colleague weddings and religious attendance, cilory is one of the brands I turn to if I want to wear something ethnic and beautiful.

I appreciate their selection and variety of kurtas. Their creativity keeps me excited and their designs are easy on the eye and makes a woman feel absolutely feminine and out of  some people’s league (wink, wink).

Their designs are distinguished, conservative yet sexy, most of their dress kurtas are medium length and they vary from embroidered designs to pick a boo designs, from chiffon to lace. Basically they are not your ordinary everyday kurtas, they are ethnic with a twist of globalized style in them.

My current problem with cylory designs; The sizes are a problem. Even when checking the size chart, their selection in sizes are a bit confusing. I wear a small – medium but according to cilory I wear a large. I would also like to see more shorter kurtas, as in right above the knees. the medi length of below the knees make a woman’s legs feel shorter, which is not really what I assume many women would want.

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