When men say they are looking for a down to earth lady what do they mean in practice. Examples will help.
of course everyone may have a slightly different definition it think what men mean by a woman being down to earth all comes to one common denominator: that the man can believe the woman is interested for him because of who his and not because of what he has.
First let me say that most men are not relationship material. For these men, there is nothing more of interest to have a relationship with them besides what they have. That is not the point of the "down to earth" statement though.
I personally do not mind the woman who is interested in the finer things in life; to be honest, I prefer women who are interested in things other than the mundane, and can appreciate the beauty of things that are many of times incredibly expensive. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting something and fighting to get it. I believe most men would agree with me on this sentiment.
I believe what men are attempting to say when they state they want a woman that is "down to earth" is that he wants a woman who is truthful about what she wants and why she wants it; above that he wants a woman who wants what she wants because she honestly wants it and not just because she is told she wants it (social pressures) or for the sake of spending money. In simple terms he wants someone that is not all superficial.
Since you stated you wanted an examples here's one: I can say I want a woman that is down to earth, but I am not dissuaded by a woman who says she wants a Ferrari. How she reacts if I cannot provide a Ferrari and why she wants a Ferrari can determine if I consider her to be down to earth or not. If for her the car is nothing more than a status symbol, I will likely not consider her to be down to earth. But if she can in detail explain why she likes is (curves, sound, history, engineering, childhood dream ect.) then I will still consider her down to earth, ambitious yes, but also down to earth.
I realize some people may read this and consider it to be nothing more than naive talk, so I of course invite any readers to consider my opinion on the matter and provide their own views.
Perhaps most men are envisioning a woman who can feel the earth beneath her knees, while tilling the earth with her hands...but at the end of the day, she is quite comfortable stepping onto the podium not so others can see her, it's so she can see the world. Should we be looking to woman to change how they are perceived by men... without considering it be that men see woman as they see they see their mothers, as giants.
The right woman will have you seeing the world differently... as a creator she shapes the world of others with love. With exceptions to the rule, it's a love most revered and unmatched by men.
Just being who you really are, not trying to act like you are something you are not. Can be comfortable and mix well with others. Not giving the impression, or trying to give the impression, you are better than anyone.
Who knows: Girl next door. Gorgeous girl who does not know she is gorgeous. A lady who does not take herself too seriously. Someone one can be comfortable around. Someone who does not hold herself above all others. Someone who might put up with me. Like I said, who knows.