How to Be a Southern Belle

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A belle is a woman admired for her beauty and charm. Being a Southern belle is a birthright and a responsibility. Batting those eyes and minding those ladylike manners must become second nature. Here's how to play the part to perfection.

  • Live an extravagant lifestyle. Southern belles are considered upper class and are usually accustomed to a seemingly endless supply of old money.

  • Learn how to make a mint julep. These are staple drinks during those hot summer days in the Old South. Find a recipe at Drink Mixer. If you don't drink alcohol, sweet tea and lemonade are acceptable.

  • Incorporate words into your vocabulary, such as "y'all," "darlin'," "lamb," "peach" and "precious." Remember, you're going to a "cotillion," not a party.

  • Fan yourself often and carry a white, lace hankie. The hankie could come in handy to get your gentleman caller's attention.

  • Have your gardener plant plenty of magnolia trees for you sit under while you read letters from your beau.

  • Understand that when things get difficult or you're expected to physically work, you may experience a case of the "vapors."

  • Read "Gone with the Wind" and learn to quote Scarlett O'Hara. Study her movements and the subtle way she gets the attention of Rhett Butler.

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