Monday Manners: Southern Belle Etiquette

Happy Monday, Y’all!  We just got back from Costco, and I remember now why the hubs makes the “Costco run” most of the time.  While they do have great deals, it takes me forever to get through the place with two little ones, and then I have to haul all of my purchases inside, individually, because they don’t have bags.  I know that having bags wouldn’t make it any better, as most of the items are too large for a bag, but there sure are a lot of trips to and from the car afterward, carrying everything into the house.  I know as the girls get older, it’ll be easier, when I’ve got helpers!

On another note, I found this interesting article by Dawn Thompson, from associated content, and thought I’d share it with you.  I’d love to know your thoughts!  P.S. Did anyone take advantage of the Vineyard Vines sale on Rue La La yesterday?  They had some great ties and such, but I wish they had listed more dresses.  Oh well, maybe next time.

Southern Belle Etiquette: Must-Know Rules
Living in the South brings its own set of rules, especially to young girls and women. While these rules are not written, most southern belles learn them from their mothers and grandmothers.

A true southern belle has a charm that radiates whenever she enters the room. Her genuine smile and sweet southern drawl will turn anyone’s head.

Junior Leaguers from the 1920’s

A true southern belle is always ready to help. She volunteers for organizations without a second thought. She is active in her community and also through her children’s schools. She takes on projects that no one else will consider. This is her second nature.

Wedgewood Runnymede

A true southern belle does not care about the money. More than likely her family does not have much of it. Antiques and family traditions are more important. She would much rather have her mother’s china or her grandmother’s wedding band to hand down to her own family.

A true Southern belle knows her manners. She knows to put her napkin in her lap and to say “ma’am” and “sir”. She says “excuse me” when she accidentally bumps into someone and “thank you” for gifts and compliments.

A true southern belle knows how to dress appropriately. She knows not to wear too revealing clothing in public.. However, she knows how to dress seductively in private.

A true southern belle knows how to entertain and cook. She always has a pitcher of iced tea prepared for her family as well as unexpected guests. She can cook fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. She has her mother’s peach cobbler recipe tucked away in a safe place. Even if she can not cook biscuits, she knows how to buy them from the store and disguise them as her own.

A true southern belle values her friends. She showers them with kindness and affection and expects nothing in return. She will do everything she can to ensure their happiness and well being. She leans on them for support and expects them to do the same with her.

A true southern belle knows the importance of education. She will finish high school, even if it is public education, and pursue further education at a public or private college or university. She will finish her college education and use the knowledge she has acquired in a career that brings personal satisfaction as well as honor to her family.

Living in the South does not qualify every girl as a southern belle. A southern belle displays a grace that only few seem to show. It takes time, education, and perseverance to become a true southern belle.

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9 thoughts on “Monday Manners: Southern Belle Etiquette

  1. "Living in the South does not qualify every girl as a southern belle"–Love this! I am not sure if I am a true Southern Belle myself, but I do have a good start on the qualifications:)

  2. i am an ocean away from the South and still can find some of those qualities in me. 🙂 spceially about friends, and education 🙂

    Have a nice week!

  3. Love the list of must-know rules. I am not a southern girl but my MIL is and has been teaching me along the way.
    I picked up a couple shirts, pants & tie for my husband at the rue la la sale. I was disappointed they didn't have a larger selection of dresses.


  4. love this article! definitely sharing it! I took advantage of VV on rue la la and got some shorts & skirts for myself and a tie for the BF (he just graduated college so I plan to give it to him when he starts his first job!). So excited for them to come in the mail!


  5. Love that article! This one was particularly on my mind this weekend: "She says "excuse me" when she accidentally bumps into someone"– I was at a crowded Picasso exhibit and it was common to bump into people or get bumped into which I understood, but what bugged me most was people not saying "Excuse me" as they practically toppled me over!

  6. love the pic of the girls looking outside the window….we received a winter version of that same pose on a Christmas card this year & it was one of our favorites.


  7. Great manners monday! I love following rules of a southern lady on tumblr. They post a lot of similar sayings. (: Hope you had a great Monday!

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