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How Much Of A Gentleman Are You?

Debrett's Guide for the Modern Gentleman, updated last year, makes the rules very clear.

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  1. 1. Which of these statements is true of a quintessential suit?

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    It has a sharp, 90 degree angle between the shoulder and the sleeve.
    It's well-padded, so as to bulk up the shoulder line.
    It has a large area between the lapel and the collar so as to show off more of your shirt.
    It should hug the waist as tightly as possible.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It has a sharp, 90 degree angle between the shoulder and the sleeve.

    Ideally, it should be bespoke. It'll be padded, but not excessively so, suppressed just enough to show off your shape, and have a high gorge (i.e. won't show off too much shirt).

  2. 2. You're about to kiss someone on the cheek in a social situation. Which of these statements is true?

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    You should kiss them on the left cheek first.
    If possible, you should attempt to air kiss.
    You should keep your hands above the waist at all times.
    You should try to kiss both cheeks.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You should keep your hands above the waist at all times.

    Be prepared to kiss the right cheek, but the direction may suddenly change. Don't air kiss. Both cheeks is generally considered excessive in professional circumstances.

  3. 3. Which of these statements about dating is true?

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    The best way to ask a person out is with a well-crafted email.
    Answering texts during the date is acceptable, but calls are not.
    If you're running late, it's better to text your date and let them know.
    You shouldn't try to get your date into bed.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You shouldn't try to get your date into bed.

    Always ask your date out on the phone or face-to-face. Never look at your phone during the date: give them your undivided attention. Call your date if running late. And when it comes to doing the deed, always take the lead from them.

  4. 4. When should you stand up for your date?

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    Only if they go to the loo.
    If they've left the table for more than five minutes.
    When they enter the room for the first time.
    Any time they leave the table.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    When they enter the room for the first time.

    There's no need to keep springing up and down: it's just awkward. But it's polite to acknowledge their arrival.

  5. 5. Who pays?

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    Whoever requested the date, pays for the pleasure.
    You should always go Dutch.
    A man should always pay.
    A woman should always pay.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Whoever requested the date, pays for the pleasure.

    This is the one abiding rule. Going Dutch is possibly the greatest spoiler to romance.

  6. 6. You're on the Tube. When must you offer a woman your seat?

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    At any opportunity.
    Never.
    If the woman is pregnant or elderly.
    Only on the Jubilee or Bakerloo lines.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If the woman is pregnant or elderly.

    It used to be obligatory in the past, but it's now a matter of personal judgement.

  7. 7. Which of these statements about shaking hands is true?

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    Be as firm as possible.
    Establish eye contact.
    Your fingers should never grip the other person's palm.
    Your hand should be limp.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You should always try to establish eye contact.

    Your handshake should be firm (but not too firm), never limp or sweaty, and your fingers should grip the other person's palm.

  8. 8. You're wearing a black tail coat (single breasted), black trousers, a white marcella shirt, a thin white bow tie and black patent lace-up shoes. What are you wearing?

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    Black tie.
    Morning dress.
    White tie.
    Funeral wear.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You're in white tie.

    Complement with a black overcoat and white silk scarf.

  9. 9. What's the correct amount to tip a hotel bellboy in units (dollars, euros or pounds)?

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    Around ten units.
    Around five units.
    One or two units per case.
    They shouldn't be tipped.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    One or two units per case is generally accepted as a reasonable tip.

  10. 10. You're at the urinal. Which of these statements is correct?

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    You should never leave an empty urinal between you and the next man.
    Don't use the cubicle if you can just go next to someone.
    Never use a hand to balance against the wall for steadier aim.
    Be aware of your surroundings: make sure you look left and right.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Never keep one hand on the wall.

    Use them both to focus on the business before you. Try and keep away from other gentlemen while they go about their business, and don't look around: you're not crossing the road.

  11. 11. Which of these statements about napkins is true?

    You can use them to dab your mouth.
    It's better to call them a "serviette".
    The correct way to use them is to tuck them into your shirt collar.
    You should fold your napkin and put it back on the table when done.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can use them to dab your mouth.

    Napkins (NEVER serviettes) are not bibs. Put them in your lap and when they've been used leave them unfolded on the table.

  12. 12. They're the classic office and business shoes, with distinctive toe patterns and matched with jeans when brown. They are:

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    Derbies.
    Brogues.
    Monk Shoes.
    Oxfords.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Brogues.

    Brogues are the most essential shoe in a gentleman's wardrobe. Derbies are less formal, and Oxfords are the epitome of English style, so much that James Bond chooses them. They're not patterned at the toe. Monk Shoes fall between them and a loafer.

  13. 13. Which of these is acceptable at a gentleman's club?

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    Inviting more than one guest.
    Talking about work.
    Tipping the staff.
    Networking.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Inviting more than one guest.

    As long as you let reception know, this is fine. NEVER network or talk about work, and tipping the staff is generally not advised as a general rule.

  14. 14. Which of these statements about underwear is true?

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    It should always be patterned.
    Navy underwear is acceptable.
    Going commando is not just for emergencies.
    It's ok if your trousers don't cover your underwear.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Navy underwear is acceptable.

    Black, white and grey are also acceptable. Never patterned, never commando and remember you're not a rapper, so don't expose it to the general public.

  15. 15. You're wearing a black or grey coat (usually black), matching trousers, a plain white shirt with a stiff turned down collar, a black or silver woven silk tie, and black lace-up shoes. What are you wearing?

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    White tie.
    Morning dress.
    Black tie.
    Bar Mitzvah dress.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You're wearing morning dress.

    And you may complement it with your old school tie.

How Much Of A Gentleman Are You?

Oh dear! You got Rab C Nesbitt!

You need to work on your manners, sir.

Oh dear! You got Rab C Nesbitt!
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Uh oh…you got Wayne Slob!

You'll never be the talk of society at the moment.

Uh oh…you got Wayne Slob!
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You got Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon!

Pretty gentlemanly, but still a bit rough around the edges.

You got Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon!
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Well done old chap, you got Sean Connery playing James Bond!

You're a true gentleman with just a hint of rough around the edges.

Well done old chap, you got Sean Connery playing James Bond!
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Bless my sainted aunt! You got Hugh Laurie playing Bertie Wooster!

You're as gentlemanly as it gets!

Bless my sainted aunt! You got Hugh Laurie playing Bertie Wooster!
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