The debate over ‘class’ sparks on Mumsnet after some say it means ‘no tattoos and not being fat’

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People have argued over what makes a person “classic” in a heated online thread.

The debate was sparked after a woman posted on UK parents’ forum Mumsnet as ‘Classynotme’.

Explaining that she “would love to be classier”, the woman claimed she wasn’t because she was rushing a lot and talking too fast.

Other people responded with very different ideas of what makes a person classy – from having no tattoos to wearing minimal makeup, dressing in good quality clothes in neutral colors and don’t drink too much.

People have argued over which attributes make someone ‘classy’ or not – with very mixed opinions (stock image)

While posting on Mumsnet, the woman wanted to know how she could be more

Posting on Mumsnet, the woman wanted to know how she could be more ‘chic’ and thought she was ‘not chic’ because she was rushing

Explaining his point of view, the original poster wrote: “What does it mean to be classy?”

‘Not rich but the calm, serene and elegant vibe that some people give off?

“For me it’s about being slow, polite and thoughtful if it makes sense, never rushed. In addition to looking well put together.

“I always rush and talk too fast and look harassed but I wish I was classier!”

Smell good, be thin and Kate Middleton seem to be the winners in the class stakes.  At a time when many people now have tattoos, it is still considered unclassy by some.

Smell good, be thin and Kate Middleton seem to be the winners in the class stakes. At a time when many people now have tattoos, it is still considered unclassy by some.

While some people said the woman’s question was “depressing” and inducing vomiting, others suggested things they thought made people “classy” or not.

Things got a little heated when one person suggested that having tattoos and being overweight wasn’t classy.

Some even went so far as to say that “wearing H&M and Primark clothes” was the antithesis of chic.

Others said the descriptions were boring and described a “wife from Stepford”.

Many people said the comments on the post were 'boring' and 'judgmental' of women

Many people said the comments on the post were ‘boring’ and ‘judgmental’ of women

One user replied, “Someone who doesn’t share too much information or very personal opinions on controversial topics.”

One poster admired someone she knew who would ‘seem boring’ on paper but was admirable for their organized nature, calling their ‘relentless consistency’ a plus.

Another poster weighed in on the comment and said, “How boring that would be. If “having no opinion on anything controversial” is the definition of class, I must be trash.

One person simply put on “no tattoos”, which many others agreed with.

However, the comment also ruffled some feathers with one person suggesting it was a “judgment” thing to say.

Another said ‘not fat’ and one poster retorted ‘What level of BMI would he have to be to stop being considered classy?’

One said actress and The Good Liar star Dame Helen Mirren, 77, was ‘classic’ with George Clooney’s lawyer wife Amal Clooney and Duchess Kate Middleton .

The same poster also said they thought the tattoos weren’t stylish, to which someone snapped, “I hate to tell you this, but Helen Mirren has tattoos.”

Others said “everything against Katie Price”, claiming the 44-year-old media personality was anything but chic.

One person, who decided to laugh with the post, suggested pouring your Tennent's lager into a glass to make you

One person, who decided to laugh with the post, suggested pouring your Tennent’s lager into a glass to make you “classic”.

A poster read: ‘No excessive piercings, no tattoos, don’t show too much flesh, don’t drink too much, thin, don’t wear cheap clothes from Primark or H&M’

The result of “class” from hundreds of comments on the Mumsnet thread was based on appearance and hygiene, saying that elegance comes from being thin and smelling good, and wearing makeup and minimalist jewelry.

Some comments went beyond the skin, suggesting being “unfazed”, “forgiving”, “kind” and “caring” and “not saying too much or sharing too much”.

However, many were insulted at the idea, saying a woman who talks and says nothing is “boring” and that there is more to life than being thin.

One person, choosing sarcasm, said it meant “menthol cigarettes, scary faceless ornaments from Argos and Katie Price”.

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