Sitting Instructions

Please follow these very carefully, they will ensure you pass your Club Zero 9 exams at the first attempt.

Why you should sit creating a zig zag effect

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These are genuine instructions, many from Beaumont Etiquette who coined the pharse the ‘Duchess Slant’ after the Duchess of Cambridge and the manner in which she sits with her legs drawn to one side.

Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, tells PEOPLE. “It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

Meier also adds that the slant helps make your legs look longer when sitting.

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“‘The Duchess Slant’ is one of the most elegant and flattering ways to sit, because it has a lengthening effect on the legs,” she says. “The key with the technique is to square your shoulders straight ahead while maintaining perfect posture. Keeping knees and ankles together at all times, position your legs so that you create a slant, angling your knees to the side. Hands should be folded one over the other and placed in your lap.”

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the girl above has got it all wrong . How can she attract guys sitting like that?

As Meier, notes, one of the “biggest etiquette mistakes a lady can make” is to cross her legs at the knee. Instead, women should sit with their knees and ankles together and should only cross their legs at the ankle if needed. “It’s sophisticated, protects vulnerabilities and looks fabulous in photos,” Meier says.


Here are tips from a fashion blog …


Crossing your legs when seated is a comfortable way to relax but take a tip from celebrities who show off their legs beautifully when they are sitting for an interview. Cross your legs and tuck the top leg slightly behind the calf of the other leg to accentuates the calf muscle.


If your legs are a little bigger than you wish, wear a hem line that ends at the thinnest part of your leg – that way people will just assume that the rest of your leg is thin too, but it’s best if the hem hits somewhere just above your knee … anything longer cuts your legs off and visually shortens your leg.


Wearing the right clothes comes into play so choose pinstriped pants, any vertical lines will make your legs appear longer. Always hem your pants to cover the heel. Again, we want the eye to continue downward as long as we can when someone looks at us which is why the monochromatic way always works – matching your hem line whether it’s a pants or skirt to your heel. This is why you see so many celebrities wearing nude colored shoes – matching their skin tone to give the illusion of a longer leg.

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What type of heel should you choose? Pointed or open toe shoes are best with an open top, otherwise known as a low vamp (cleavage for your feet!), because the goal is to see more of your foot extending the visual length of your leg … which is why nude or skin colored shoes are best where there is no transition between skin and shoe giving you at least another 5 inches of visual leg. A square or rounded toe will have the opposite effect. If your calves are bigger stay away from spiked thin heels. Towering heels will make you look wobbly and unbalanced drawing attention to your calf. And you should try to avoid wearing anything with an ankle strap as it will make your legs look stubby. When in doubt always go simple. Having alot of straps or embellishments can make your foot look bulky and take away from the illusion of a leaner leg.


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