How to Take a Compliment, According to an Etiquette Expert

In an age of #gratitude and being #blessed, do you think we've become better or worse at taking compliments? Via social media, it's easy to respond to people. I reply to friendly, flattering comments on my Instagram account like it's NBD with smiley faces and thank-yous. However, in real life, I become incredibly awkward about the same compliments. I'll quickly come up with something self-deprecating to diffuse the attention or share an embarrassing story (one that's often barely related) so that I don't look or feel totally up myself.

Is that rude or modest? Irritating or actually quite sweet? Perhaps it makes it seem as though I lack confidence? I wasn't really sure, so I sought the expert opinion of an etiquette coach. Isobel Kershaw is a guru in this field and is part of the British School of Etiquette. She's the resident stylist as well as the founder and director of personal styling company The Stylist London, meaning she fully understands the kind of outfit or looks-orientated compliments we're talking about. Here's what she had to say on the matter…