There are some small changes you can make to your everyday behaviour that can not only enhance your status as a gentleman, but also go along way in brightening the day of those around you. Follow these rules, act like a gentleman every day, and those around you will thank you for it.
Staying on the street side of the pavement will give an air of protection to the lady you are walking with. You also offer a shield to any puddle splashes from passing cars as well as being able to react to a small child/pram precariously heading into the road.
Always Open The Door
No matter who you are with, a gentleman should always offer to open the door for his companion. In addition I would also recommend men to wait for those exiting to pass through first, and that doesn’t just mean on public transport. This will not only add a chivalrous badge to your gentlemanly armour but it might just put the receiver in a better mood to know such men exist.
Give Up Your Seat
As a father, this is a bugbear for me. I know personally how exhausting pregnancy can be and the offer of a seat can give some welcomed light relief. But why stop there, if a lady of any age or pregnancy stage enters your transport carriage then stand and offer your seat. The morning commute can be stressful but do your best to be cordial and set yourself apart from your miserable counterparts.
Always, always, always keep your hygiene at the forefront of your mind. You don’t want people to smell you before they see you, and this goes for oral as well as body hygiene. Keep some essential kit such as mints or deodrant in your office drawer or locker so you can hit public transport knowing your smell is offending no one. Remember a daily shower is a necessity not a bonus.
Yes you may get riled up at times, and I would not suggest anyone to bottle up their emotion, but take breath, keep your cool and keep your dignity by not resorting to f’ing and blinding like a docker. You may see it as normal, and an expression of your native language however understand that some people will be offended by the use of expletive ridden conversations.
The Personal Touch
Whether it is offering yourself as a confidant to a friends problems or verbally congratulating the team on a job well done. Doing it in person, being genuine and actually caring when you do it can offer so much more than a generic e-mail or text.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.