It’s a scene I see almost every night on late night television: A Hollywood starlet is getting interviewed and she’s wearing the mini-dress du jour. She sits on the coach, crosses her legs at the knees, not knowing that the cameras are angled so that she’s probably revealing a bit more than she intends to. Sitting seems like something really basic – we spend a good deal of the day sitting – but it’s astonishing how few women know how to sit like a lady.
My mother taught me how to sit like a lady and the lessons started pretty early. One of my memories from school is sitting on stage for an award ceremony. My mother was in the audience and I looked at her and smiled. She smiled back and took her two fingers and crossed them (the way my legs were crossed at the knee) and uncrossed them. I don’t know how I understood this primitive form of sign language, but I knew immediately that she meant for me to uncross my legs at the knee.
You’re probably wondering, “How do you sit like a lady? Can I never cross my legs at the knee?” The answer is – it all depends on the length of your skirt. If you’re wearing a knee length skirt/dress or longer, then you can safely cross your legs at the knee. If you’re wearing anything shorter, crossing your legs at the knee may mean you’re revealing a bit more than you intend to. Instead, cross your legs at the ankle.
How do you cross your legs at the ankle? Easy.
1. Sit down with your legs straight in front of you.
2. Angle your knees to either side, left or right, whatever your preference.
3. Criss-cross your ankles.
And the most important part? Regardless of whether you’re crossing your legs at the knee or the ankle, posture is the icing on the cake that will transform you from one of those girls, to a lady.
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