Painting your nails
Eugenio-Marongiu/Shutterstock So you’re running out the door and notice you chipped a nail and plan on fixing said nail en route to work in your daily carpool. But before opening the bottle, it’s important to know that the smell of nail polish can be nauseating to some. “Painting nails is part of our grooming and we should not be doing things that pertain to grooming in public,” says Elaine Swann, lifestyle and etiquette expert. “In addition, the smell of the nail polish itself can be offensive to others and we always want to be mindful that we’re not doing something that can offend someone else.” Besides, an hour at the nail salon is so much more relaxing than painting on the go.
Trying on clothes outside of the dressing room
Kanashkin-Evgeniy/Shutterstock There are certain rules you should follow when it comes to trying on clothes at a store. According to Swann, outer garments like sweaters, coats, and shawls are perfectly fine to try on out in the open, but it gets a little dicey when it comes to say, a pair of shorts or a blouse. If you’re going to wear the garment directly on your skin as your first layer, you’re better off heading to the dressing room to make sure it fits properly. Accidentally flashing the cashier is mortifying and you definitely don’t want to spend $100 on a shirt that you halfway tried on only to get home and realize it’s too big. Once you’ve taken your clothes home, these are the gross laundry habits you need to avoid.