12 Comically Strict Style Rules For Women From The 1960s

February 8, 2017

The 1960s were an exciting time in all areas of life. One of the most fascinating things to observe was how female fashion began breaking out of the 1950s tradition of complete modesty.

Don’t get me wrong — I love those beautiful cocktail dresses and saddle shoes that women and girls rocked back in the era, but it’s just so much fun to see how things change as years go by, like with the evolving designs in sewing patterns for ladies.

To help young women out in 1968, the editors of Seventeen Magazine published a handy guide called The Seventeen Book of Fashion and Beauty. Though the advice inside now seems pretty outdated and at times a bit harsh, there may still be a few ideas that stand the test of time despite their hilariously critical tone. Scroll through below for 12 direct quotes from the 1960s guide!

Do you remember any other tips for women like these when it came to style in the past?

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1. Don’t Be “Too Much” Of Anything

1. Don't Be "Too Much" Of Anything

Each of these style rules comes directly from The Seventeen Book of Fashion and Beautypublished by the editors of Seventeen Magazine back in 1968:

“Too much skin, too much leg, too much perfume, too much makeup labels you a girl to be whistled at rather than loved.”

2. Don’t Make A Show Of Hiding Your Garter

2. Don't Make A Show Of Hiding Your Garter

“Nothing is more disenchanting than the sight of a girl frantically yanking at her hem in a futile effort to hide her garters from the public while she sits.”

3. Always Keep It Tight

3. Always Keep It Tight

“Never underestimate the importance of your girdle.”

4. Think Twice Before Going Bold

4. Think Twice Before Going Bold

“You may be tempted by boldly colored glasses frames… Think about it overnight.”

5. Don’t Clown Around With Makeup

5. Don't Clown Around With Makeup

“Some girls can use nothing but eyeliner, blusher and lipstick and still end up looking like a lady clown.”

6. Big Bags Might Scare Off Men

6. Big Bags Might Scare Off Men

“Date bags should always be small and dainty; you wouldn’t want the boy you’re with to think there’s something in the depths that bites if disturbed.”

7. Be Psychic About Shampoo

7. Be Psychic About Shampoo

“When should you shampoo your hair? The day before it looks like it needs it.”

8. Keep Your Location In Mind

8. Keep Your Location In Mind

“You would be right to wear Bermuda shorts shopping in Bermuda, and wrong, wrong, wrong to wear them shopping in New York.”

9. Don’t Be Fooled By Blues

9. Don't Be Fooled By Blues

“Be wary of blue shoes, unless they’re navy.”

10. Follow The Signs

10. Follow The Signs

“Why do you suppose most road signs are printed on shiny white or yellow backgrounds? The better to see the curves. The same thing happens on girls.”

11. Don’t Wear Swimsuits Outside The Pool

11. Don't Wear Swimsuits Outside The Pool

“Swimsuits belong at waterside, not in the street. There’s no excuse for placing oneself on display.”

12. Always Use Pink Sparingly

12. Always Use Pink Sparingly

“If hot pink on you makes people want to say: ‘Pink, where are you going with that girl?’ use it for a scarf or shirt rather than a whole dress.”

For more vintage style advice, check out The Seventeen Book of Fashion and Beauty.

Did we miss any crazy tips you remember from back in the day? Let us know below, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!