You’ve seen it in silver-screen classics. A dapper gentleman suavely and effortlessly helps his date put on her coat before they head out on the town. While your date is certainly capable of putting her own coat on, this is a simple way to show some consideration — a little stylistic grace note in the duet of the sexes. But like opening a door for a woman, helping her put on her coat is easy to bungle — leaving both of you feeling awkward. Remember, the goal of courtesy is to make others feel comfortable, not awkward.
Illustrated by Ted Slampyak
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