Tuesday, October 9

How to Enter and Exit a Car Gracefully...

Recently, we were taking a drive and I saw a lady re-entering a car in a very graceful manner. It reminded me how often I heave myself out of the car's seat or plop myself down inelegantly. I've found a little video on the subject, but also decided that it would be a good idea to post the transcript in case someone didn't want to view the video (The woman is wearing a very short skirt and shows her skivvies... frequently). Here's the transcript from Wikihow:

  • Prepare your clothing. Before you even open the door, get your skirt or dress ready for your exit.
  • If you're wearing a miniskirt, pull the cloth down to cover as much of your thighs as possible.
  • If you're wearing a longer skirt, dress, or train, pull it down to cover your knees and push any excess fabric toward the center of the car so that it doesn't get caught around your feet when you exit.
  • Open the door as far as you can stretch your arm.Don't lean out of the vehicle to open the door, but make sure it's open far enough that you can exit gracefully. If your date or chauffeur opens the door for you, all the better.
  • Keep your knees together and put your feet on the ground. Place your outside leg on the ground outside the door, and quickly place your other leg next to it. Try to keep your knees together throughout the movement.
  • Swivel your hips and upper body towards the door.
  • Help yourself up with your hands. Place your hands on the seat on either side of you, and push yourself up out of the car. Keep your hands low to give yourself better leverage and to appear more graceful. Try to rise smoothly.
  • Dip your head slightly as you get out. Showing your underwear is embarrassing, but hitting your head on the way out of the car is even worse. Gracefully dip under the top of the door frame.
  • Make sure your feet are firmly on the ground before stepping away from the car. If the pavement is uneven, or if there's a curb right next to you, the first step can be disastrous, especially if you're in high heels. Be aware of where you put your feet, and watch your step.
  • Another great way to exit gracefully is to keep your knees touched, and simply swivel. This works exceptionally well in high vehicles, like SUVs. It works well if you are wearing high heels as well, as you can lift yourself out with your legs and keep your hands near your center.

  • It's worth noting that wearing a longer skirt or something that will not permit inadvertent displays of your undergarment(s) is likely the easiest route to take if this is an actual concern.
  • Even if you're careful, you might end up showing a glimpse of your underwear. Make sure they're clean and flattering just in case.
  • If you have someone to help you out of the car, place one hand on the seat to push yourself up, and put your other hand on top of your assistant's outstretched hand so that you can push down on it.
  • Practice makes perfect. The steps above should be performed quickly and should appear effortless. Practice in private before you go out, and have a friend watch you so you can make sure you look good and you're not showing off your underwear.
  • The same process can be used in reverse for getting into the car...open the door, enter the car butt-first (or in Great Britain, bum-first) and then swing both legs into the car after you with your knees together.

  • Don't bend back into the car to retrieve something. You don't want to ruin the effect of your graceful exit by immediately bending over awkwardly and possibly showing your underwear.


Tammy said...

*Ahem* The gal in the video certainly didn't mind flashing her "knickers" frequently. LOL

Very interesting. I haven't thought about being graceful while getting in and out of a car. I'll have to practice up. But I don't have to worry about flashing skin, because you'd never catch me - dead or alive! - in a skirt so short! =)

I have a wonderful husband who *always* opens the door for me, even if (on the very rare occasions, most likely when he's extremely tired) I'm the one in the driver's seat. So I have no excuse to exit the car ungracefully! =)

Have a great day!

Mimi said...

Very good points.

I broke my ankle about five years ago, and it was very interesting to have to get in and out of the car in a very different way. My back probably thanked me.

Dana said...

This is good!

Kate said...

Hi Emma,

Thanks for standing up for me in my blog. Isn't it laughable what these anonymous posters come up with?

Anonymous said...

Some much needed advice, a shame that some of today's celebrities don't heed it ;-)


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