Just like the quintessential handshake, the way you sit or stand also speak volumes about your personality. And sitting is one area in which a lot of women fall short of being perfect.
A lot of women are careless about the way they sit. As a result, it is not uncommon to find them sprawling in the most undignified manner at social gatherings. To sit in a lady-like manner requires a little practice.
One must choose a way of sitting which does not display one's anatomy in a crude manner. With mini-skirts in fashion, just visualize the effect that a careless woman can create if she sits in an inappropriate manner! Quite often one comes across women who cross their legs at a very high angle which results in the riding up of their dresses, saris or trousers. Leave that manner of sitting to the men!
One must keep one's attire in mind while sitting. The best way to sit is to cross one's legs either at the knee or calf level. Sitting with one's legs apart can look obnoxious, so one must always keep the legs close together even if one does not cross them.
One should never slouch or sink into deep sofas and chairs because this presents a very shabby appearance. Although large and deep sofas look very comfortable, it is best to choose something with less depth while settling down.
Deep chairs and sofas are all right for people who have very long legs. If a short person were to sit in a deep sofa, her legs would be at an uncomfortable angle and she would present a very unsophisticated look. Lean back against the backrest with the arms resting on the side or the arms by leaning towards one side.
Sitting on the edge of a chair also conveys a certain unease and nervousness, so sit back and relax. At no stage should your face exhibit discomfort or a conscious effort. It should reflect an effortless ease of manner. Arrange the folds of your pleats and your pallu of your sari in a proper manner after taking your seat.
If you are wearing jeans or trousers, take care that you don't cause them to ride up by sitting in an improper manner. If you are attired in a short skirt or dress, cross your legs low so that your thighs remain concealed and there are no vulgar bulges. While getting up from a chair, do not press your entire weight on the chair arms or the armrest but get up in a free flowing movement, gracefully. Don't heave yourself up. Too many women make the mistake of getting up heavily with their clothes in disheveled and creased state after they they have remained sitting for a few hours. Oblivious to them, those creases sometimes make their panty lines visible and that can be downright embarrassing! So always rearrange your creases just before getting up so that they are in proper shape when you stand up.
See also:Simple tips for sitting
(Guest Post by Tanvi)