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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Did people before the 1950s and 1960s take more pride in their appearance than they do now?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Oh, heck yes. All you have to do is look at some pictures of the public for comparison.

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  • ron h
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    2 months ago

    Yeah, It just occurred to me that in the 50's and 60's men either grew out their beards or they didn't.  Going a week between shaves wasn't usually done. 

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  • F
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    2 months ago

    I suppose you could say they did in the first half of the 20th century. Men wore suits and collar and tie more often and women wore more formal dresses. However, apperances are deceptive becuase they probably smelled quite bad by todays standards. Same shirt was worn all week , just the collar was changed. Bath once a week, no one had heard of deorderant etc.

    Before that only richer people would be smart as working classes would be very poor and probaly little access to laundry facilities.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Before the 1950s there were an lot of people wearing uniforms.

    Some were dashed smart.

    Some looked like a sack of spuds tied in the middle.

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  • 2 months ago

    Women wore gloves to church, and dresses, and had their hair done. Guys wore a lot of suits and had hats. It was a whole cultural thing.

    • Sir Caustic
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      I'm sure they only wore one suit, Elaine. Wouldn't wearing lots of them be very warm?

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  • John
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    My opinion and POV, not statistics. The Millennial "thing" - zombies, alienation, misplaced ideas of self esteem, and all the rest, was pretty much a 90's thing, give or take. As was said, before that people wouldn't pull weeds in the clothes they wear today.

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    • ron h
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      2 months agoReport

      Michelle, entertainment wasn't related.   Yes people dressed more "dressy."  You can see that in unposed "candid" pics of people from those times. Until the middle 60's women rarely wore pants away from home and until the mid 60s men didn't wear jeans 99% of the time, even in high school.  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Every measurable statistic from body fat to intimate feminine hygiene has shown significant improvement over time.  There’s been improvement in over the counter personal care products like soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, etc., plus leaps in professional care like dental implants, hair implants, plastic surgery, and the like.

    Overall, humans look and smell a whole lot better than they ever have.

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  • 2 months ago

    I think standards of dress were different (and arguably higher) back then, but I think people take far-greater pride in their appearances now.  Think about it, how many people in 1958 do you think spent energy deciding whether to superimpose bunny ears or a set of "googly eyes" over their pictures?

    The sheer number of fads and trends today is also an indication of shifting values.  Check to see if your local library has a magazine archive.  First, notice the number of fashion, health and beauty magazines from that time as opposed to now...Notice that such magazines aimed at men are basically non-existent.  Grab an issue of "LIFE" and look at the advertisements.

    What many call "higher" standards from the past is actually a reflection of a narrower range of values and options (when everyone in a nice restaurant is dressed virtually the same, it's easy to say they collectively have more "pride in their appearance."  Conversely, today's diversity might make things seem more "casual," but in reality are a sign of people trying numerous different ways to define their "look."

    • Adrian2 months agoReport

      hedonism over tradition, idealism over pragmatism. the signs of a decaying culture.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, of course...how many people in the 50s/60s would even go gardening in the ripped jeans that today's youth go out in??

    They wouldn't be seen dead in piercings.

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That's kind of unanswerable.

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