Did people before the 1950s and 1960s take more pride in their appearance than they do now?
- frank lynnLv 61 month agoFavourite answer
Oh, heck yes. All you have to do is look at some pictures of the public for comparison.
- ron hLv 71 month 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.
- FLv 61 month 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.
- Anonymous1 month 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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- Elaine MLv 71 month 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.
- JohnLv 71 month 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.
- Anonymous1 month 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.
- u_bin_calledLv 71 month 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."
- LônLv 71 month 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.
- MikeLv 71 month ago
That's kind of unanswerable.