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Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

It is clear from the many pictures we see that one of Kate’s favorite ways to spend time is shopping. We often get glimpses of Kate and her mother ducking in and out of shops. These are some of my favorite appearances because we get to see Kate in a casual setting and yet she still exudes glamour and grace. She inspires me to remember that everyday activities are an opportunity to act with etiquette and live like a royal. Here are some tips to display impeccable etiquette, anywhere from a boutique to a supermarket.

 


 
Be gentle with items.
Generally speaking, the retail staff spends a long time displaying and arranging all of the items in a particular manner. Place items back where you found them and, if possible, in the same manner in which they were displayed, as well.

Don’t talk loudly on your cell phone.
Many people find shopping to be a relaxing activity and talking on your phone can disturb the peace of a store. If possible, step outside if you need to take a call.

Respect requests and signs.
If a sign on the door asks you to not bring in food or drinks, kindly respect that and leave your iced coffee in the car. A spill can ruin merchandise and make a great deal of extra work for the staff. Signs indicate that this is something that is important to the store, so be sure to regard them.

Return carts and baskets to their proper location.
This generally will just apply to grocery stores but there is nothing more frustrating than pulling into a parking space only to see that a cart is already there. Take the few extra steps to return your cart.

Most importantly, treat the retail staff with kindness.
Retail staff work long hours for little pay and deal with strange requests from customers. Ask them kindly for help and be patient when they have to juggle a couple of different things. Just like with anything in etiquette, use the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.

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Image from eonline.com

Of course, there are many other ways to display etiquette while shopping. What are some ways that you show etiquette to fellow shoppers and to retail staff?

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for a way to add a bit of everyday Kate-inspired glamour to your day, you may want to consider beginning a tradition of partaking in afternoon tea. Not only will it help you relax after a long day of work, it can become a fun, social activity. Invite a small groupContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

I have the privilege of beginning my first internship this fall and while I am excited, that excitement also comes with a bit of nerves. Entering my first “grown-up” work environment is intimidating and so I did what I always do to calm my nerves: I researched etiquette tips for work. I, like many ofContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Some people see the royal family as old, outdated, and stuffy. I believe that is a major misconception of today’s royal family. The royals know how to have fun and they definitely know how to throw a good party. What makes them distinct, however, is their ability to party with an air of sophistication andContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George,Continue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Elegant state dinners come with the territory of being a member of the royal family, which is yet another aspect of being a duchess that Kate has taken to beautifully. At her most recent state dinner, at the Government House in Wellington while on tour in New Zealand, Kate stunned in a gorgeous Jenny PackhamContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

With all of the rules and regulations regarding etiquette that I have presented in the past few months, I wanted to pause and reflect on why I find etiquette important and how it allows me to demonstrate my inner duchess on a daily basis.  One of the main reasons I find myself so drawn toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

After reading Jerramy Fine’s memoir Someday My Prince Will Come, I fell in love with her witty writing and her “dreams do come true” attitude. I immediately wanted to check out her other book The Regal Rules for Girls.    The tagline for this book is “how to find love, a life- and maybe evenContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Now that we have all learned how to have a flawless table setting, we can start hosting fabulous dinner parties! Whether it is a small get-together, a swanky cocktail party, or a five-course formal sit-down dinner, here are some etiquette tips on how to be a gracious and regal hostess. Send out invitations far inContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

While the last two EtiKate posts have been a bit aspirational (Meeting the Queen and Curtsying), this week’s post will focus on setting a formal table, a skill we can all use, whether it be at our next dinner party or the next time we sit down with our takeout. This diagram from Emily PostContinue Reading