Why did people dress so much nicer in the 1940s and 1950s?
- nonpartisanLv 68 months agoFavourite answer
"American pride" - a concept that was abandoned long ago in favor of the immoral social standards of today that are being promoted as "normal".
- NPG StarlettLv 48 months ago
Lesser population then which meant less poor, mentally ill people. Also there was censorship - people were expected to act and appear a certain way otherwise the religious authoritative figures would deal with them. This was reflected in movies of the times.
- JohnLv 78 months ago
Speak for yourself........ One part of an answer is that hats were in fashion. And tennis shoes either weren't invented or at least weren't widespread,
- MarliLv 78 months ago
Textiles were rationed during much of the 1940s because of World War II. If you could obtain dress material or could buy a dress or suit, it would have few, if any, frills. That made the fashions look "smart" IMO. They became part of what is still called a "classic" wardrobe, because their simple straight lines are still pleasing and in style.
The fuller fabric fashions of the late 1940s and 1950s were a reaction to wartime fashions. For women, they looked more "girly" and less "military". All that "swish" in the skirt felt lovely, especially to a little girl like me. But my brothers, friends and I wore jeans and t-shirts everyday. Our parents wore work clothes. Otherwise we wore clothes appropriate to the venue and occassion. "Going out" was a treat, so we wore out best or second-best clothes. Going to church or visiting on Sunday required our best clothes, either in respect to God and relatives and friends or so we looked like a middle-class family to "outsiders". That was "the way things are done." as our mothers said.
The later 60s was the start of hippie fashion, when suits and dresses were "establishment" and so oppressive to us Boomer youth. Still, we wore more suits and dresses than today's youth do. Ours were more casual and faddish in style. More love-beads, bold colours and turtlenecks instead of ties. Cut-off legs on jeans and sleeves on T's, but hardly any grunge styles. I still miss my bell-bottoms and maxi-skirt. Dressing was fun, and most of us made sure we did not look as if we had slept in our clothes in a garbage can.
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- The Football GodLv 78 months ago
My guess is more self respect for themselves and where they are.
- glcangLv 78 months ago
This is an interesting question and it has to do , I think with attitudes that became popular in the sixties. The hippy movement and the disillusionment with the status quo pushed young people to question the values of the older generation. This relaxed a lot of the conformity that was underlying much of the behavior of people and gave them more freedom to dress and act in
ways they felt were more personal.