You may want to learn how to have swag for a number of reasons. Attract a guy or a girl you like, get in with a cooler crowd, or just to have that attitude, that air about you that makes people stop and turn their heads.
Having swag is not just about being cool or looking great. It’s about having a certain inner confidence. One that seems to effortlessly seep out of you, and says to the world, “I know who I am and I like it.”
What does it mean to have swag?
If you’ve got swag, you are self-assured, but not arrogant, and you are totally happy with your unique, awesome brilliance. You don’t care what other people think because you know you look and feel great. You’re a cool and confident person, and that’s good enough for you.
How to have swag
Knowing how to have swag isn’t just about dressing right or being into certain kinds of music or ideas. It’s a whole way of life. So, if you want to have more swag, try these 22 tips.
#1 Have confidence. The number one tip for having swag? Confidence. Think about it. When have you ever thought someone had swag, looked cool, or was someone you wanted to hang out with who stuttered and was nervous all the time?
Your confidence needs to come from within. Just know you have style, you have value, and you won’t let anyone get you down. If you truly believe it, others will too. [Read: How to build self-confidence and realize you’re worth it]
#2 Walk tall. Make sure you stand proud and walk tall. If you hold your head up high wherever you go, people automatically think of you as confident, and people notice you more.
#3 Know what you’re talking about. There is nothing worse than someone with all these big opinions who doesn’t actually have a darn clue what they are talking about. If you say you like a band or want to talk politics or whatever you choose to bring up a conversation about—make sure you did your research.
Don’t pretend to like something just because it’s trendy or because other people say they do. It’s okay to admit when you haven’t heard of something or don’t know what people are talking about. Simply saying, “Oh, I don’t know what that is, tell me about it,” is so much better then agreeing only to get caught at a later stage. [Read: 20 reasons why people don’t like you]
#4 Look people in the eye. Make eye contact with people when you talk to them. When you walk into a room or party, or even just when you stroll down the street, look people in the eyes. A cheeky nod or wink also gives you an air of confidence and makes you seem approachable and fun.
#5 Feel comfortable in your own skin. To learn how to have swag, give the impression that you feel comfortable in your own skin. If you always try to change yourself or moan about the way you look, you’ll never have swag. You should know who you are, accept it, and be happy with your lot. [Read: 20 ways to be comfortable in your own skin and love being you]
#6 Dress with originality. Having swag is not about following the masses. It’s about being unique and original and having your own take on things, no matter what. You don’t have to be original for the sake of it, but a little flair here and there that’s uniquely yours really makes you stand out from the crowd.
#7 Don’t be afraid to share your opinions. People with swag don’t blindly agree with what everyone else says. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and develop opinions that go against the crowd. Diversity and great debates are what life is all about.
#8 Understand good body language. Make sure you know your body language. Just simple things like standing with your body open towards someone, not getting too close, nodding and smiling, all make you come across as a confident and charming person. [Read: 10 subtle body language moves to appear a lot more confident]
#9 Don’t fuss with your clothes, hair, or makeup. If you always adjust your clothes, restyle your hair, or put on more makeup, you won’t look like you are very comfortable with the way you look. Just know you look great, and leave it at that.
#10 Never get out of control. People with swag are usually pretty in control of their emotions. They aren’t the ones that get really drunk, too loud, aggressive, or start any dramas.
#11 Be happy. People are way more attracted to those who look like they are happy and having fun. Plaster a smile on your face and get out there! [Read: How to make happiness your default state]
#12 Talk to everyone. If you want to have swag, you aren’t the kind of person that only hangs out with the “cool” kids. People with swag are nice to everyone, they have time for everyone and show being kind is cool.
#13 Don’t be too loud or obnoxious. There is a massive difference between confidence and arrogance. Make sure you know what it is!
#14 Love your body. Everyone has body hang-ups from time to time. People with swag learn to accept their shape, work with it, and embrace it!
#15 Have a style. People with swag have a style uniquely theirs. You might need to experiment a little before you find yours, but once you do, you’ll know it.
#16 Don’t be fake. No one likes someone who is fake. People suss you out soon enough. Having swag is all about being genuine. [Read: 36 shallow traits of a superficial person]
#17 Have your own slang words. Don’t force it, and don’t start making up your own language, but if you come up with a cool way of saying something, own it!
#18 Be positive. Be a positive person, see the good in things, and find the humor in any situation.
#19 Have good knowledge. A person with swag is intelligent and knows about lots of different things. Create a range of interests, read the news, get good grades. These are all things that help you feel confident in any situation and any conversation. [Read: How to become an intellectual]
#20 Don’t put others down. If the only way you feel good about yourself is by putting other people down, you don’t have swag. Laughing at others expense is not cool. You’ll soon make more enemies than friends.
#21 Make people laugh. Humor is seriously attractive. If you make people laugh, that’s half the battle. You don’t have to go out there and deliver a one-man comedy routine, but keeping a few jokes up your sleeve and being witty works wonders. [Read: 35 tips to charm absolutely anyone]
#22 Retain an air of mystery. Don’t be the person that gives absolutely everything away. A person with swag is friendly and open. They don’t share their deepest, darkest, most embarrassing secrets with people they just met. Keep some things back, and you’ll always be someone people want to know more about.
[Read: How to gain confidence and turn your life around for the better]
These 22 tips will ensure you know how to have swag that others crave. You’ll be thought of as cool, calm, and collected, funny and interesting, with that something about you that others wish they had!
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