Women’s rights are a wonderful thing. Yet it has led to a confusing way for men to now interact with women in a polite way. It is common for many men to mistake equality with treating their lady just like another guy.
Thankfully, most women still want to be treated with class and dignity. Sadly, following these 10 acts of chivalry will actually set you apart from all the other blots out there.
Here are our top 10 acts of chivalry.
1. Open the Door
A true man of class will open the door for a lady. But an all-around good person will hold the door for anyone regardless of the sex or age. Additionally, opening the car door for your lady is a classy and under-used technique as well.
2. Retrieve Dropped Items
If a lady drops an item, the correct and polite thing to do is to pick it up for her.
3. Walk on the Outside of a Sidewalk
In a true act of chivalry, walking on the outside, next to the traffic allows your lady to be further from traffic. In the event of a drive by splashing, it is you who gets filthy and wet, instead of her. On a side note, this is a must when walking with children, as you act as a human shield in the event of anything coming in your direction from oncoming traffic.
4. Give up your Seat
This one should be a no-brainer, but sadly is not. If you are riding public transportation, or are out where seating is limited, always give up your seat to a lady when present. This rule also works well for the elderly and physically handicapped.
5. Get out of your Car
In an utter lack of class and showmanship, not getting out of your car is about the absolute lowest point you can get when picking up your date.
6. Introduce her to People
When out and about with your lady friend, introducing her to acquaintances is an absolute must. For several reasons, this invites her to the conversation, and makes her feel comfortable. But most importantly it shows her that she is important to you.
7. Put on her Coat
Probably this is the easiest and most overlooked gesture. Assisting a lady with putting on her coat can go a long way.
8. Make sure she gets Home Safely
Always ensure that she gets home safely. Offer to walk her or drive her home. If that is not possible, ensure she sees her way to a cab, Uber or Lyft.
9. Walk her to the Door
This is a tricky one. Doing this incorrectly might give your lady the wrong impression, certainly on the first date. But you should certainly offer to walk her to the door. Even if she declines, still get out of the car, open her door and bid her adieu.
10. Be a Weatherman
In the “Captain Obvious” category, we have this. Please, ensure you are paying attention to the weather. Cold, hot, rain, chilly, it does not matter, be prepared. Especially if it is pouring rain, it’s your job to ensure she gets from your car to the door of an establishment as dry as possible.
As you can see, being chivalrous is not hard; heck most of it is old school common sense. The sad part of it is, this should not be old school or an afterthought. In being a classy gentleman, it is a part of your everyday arsenal. Another tool for your tool belt, as they say.
These ten tips come from Ella Bing, a family owned business (ellabing.com/pages/about-ella-bing) specializing in both cloth and wood bow ties as well as other male fashion and lifestyle accessories. The company was founded after the loss of a brother and son, Matthew Kraus. The Kraus family honors Matthew’s spirit, infectious personality and love of fashion with handmade custom bow ties, much like Matthew himself would have worn. Matthew lives on in timeless style via Ella Bing and his family.
The work is centered on quality, presentation, attention to detail and customer service. What’s more, 10% of every sale goes to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. This is the handcrafted gift that keeps on giving.