To think people dressed more attractively in the past?

(106 Posts)
LaurieFairyCake Sat 04-Jul-15 19:21:03

Hats, gloves, tailored outfits - tights, low heels

Now I'm not saying we don't dress more practically with our leggings and our 3/4 linen trousers and baggy t shirts and tops

But only that they don't look as 'smart' as before

cardibach Sat 04-Jul-15 19:23:02

I'm not a big fan of 'smart'. I think people look more relaxed and comfortable and are not restricted by their clothing so much now. I find that attractive, so in my opinion UABU.

ninetynineonehundred Sat 04-Jul-15 19:25:28

Nora Batty came to mind when I read the op grin

LaurieFairyCake Sat 04-Jul-15 19:27:13

Didn't Nora have stockings around the ankles ? grin

I defo don't mean that

Fallout4 Sat 04-Jul-15 19:27:43

Yes I think smart looks better but then I am a snob grin

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:28:05

Past? Depends on when...

I think of some particularly hideous Elizabethan ruffs, horrible waspish corseted waists in the 17 and 1800s, lurid 1970s highly flammable man made fibres....

Puff ball skirts anyone?

LaurieFairyCake Sat 04-Jul-15 19:29:06

I reckon I'm thinking in my wee head up
to the early 60's just before hemlines rose to the thighs

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:32:25

There was frumpsville, even in the era I think you are taking about. Curlers peaking out of head scarfs, housecoats, lisle stockings and sensible shoes...

bikeandrun Sat 04-Jul-15 19:35:17

I think it depends on your physique, I am small slim flat chested I would look great in a Mary quant 60's outfit and truly ridiculous in say dior new look - no curves. If I was tall and willowy that 70s Bianca jagger look would be awesome

doublepotions Sat 04-Jul-15 19:36:28

Yes, love Victorian/Edwardian fashion, and really wish people still wore hats.

InQuiteAPickle Sat 04-Jul-15 19:38:45

I suppose it depends when in the past you are referring to. Shell suits and poodle perms were not a good look. grin

Euphemia Sat 04-Jul-15 19:38:46

I think women dressed more smartly in the 1950s and 1960s, but they dressed like old ladies from about 45 onwards.

ChuffinAda Sat 04-Jul-15 19:38:59

I like a hat, a well made shoe and a tailored jacket. I also love natural materials and hate modern fabrics.

Otherwise as far as the styles go I'm all about the 1920s and 1940s

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:39:14

Still wore hats?

You'll be pleased to know I wore a hat today and most of last week. Of the sun shading variety. As has my DH and DS. In the winter they are also what keeps our heads warm... smile

MewlingQuim Sat 04-Jul-15 19:39:49

For me, it's not so much the styles but the fabrics that modern clothes are made from that is so disappointing. Everything looks so cheap and nasty - scratchy material, garish colours and awful patterns, all with pointless bows/lace/buttons sewn on to try to make it look 'prettier' hmm

Give me simple, comfortable styles in beautiful fabrics please!

InQuiteAPickle Sat 04-Jul-15 19:40:10

Ah, sorry I've just seen your previous post about 60s.

BitOfFun Sat 04-Jul-15 19:40:22

I really wish men would go back to suits, trenchcoats and trilbies.

MewlingQuim Sat 04-Jul-15 19:41:06

Oh, and with pockets ffs angry

ChuffinAda Sat 04-Jul-15 19:41:57

Yy to men in suits. I go weak at the knees for a clean shaven, short back and sides,sharp suit kind of Man. City boy sort. Yum.

Yes totally not what this thread is about though

bikeandrun Sat 04-Jul-15 19:42:51

Except for the fact Victorian fashion ( well middle and upper class versions) would stop you running, eating a full meal, even breathing properly, that's one of the reasons I also love 20s fashion - must have felt like a radical step towards freedom to get rid of that corset or wear a calve length skirt for the first time.

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:44:02

I am sOoo glad we do not have to be faffed with tights in this weather these days...

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:45:35

Knitted swimming costumes must have been horrible...or those with a zip at the back.

TheDowagerCuntess Sat 04-Jul-15 19:46:12

Yes, I absolutely agree. Most people these days dress purely for comfort, which is absolutely fine and utterly their choice, but walking down the street, most people look like they just threw on whatever was closest.

I also think hair these days leaves a lot to be desired. We have more products and tools that ever before at our disposal, but most people just have hair that hangs there or is pulled back in a pony-tail. Compared with the coiffed 'dos' of previous eras.

It's just different fashions and priorities I guess. Plenty of people do still look fabulous.

ouryve Sat 04-Jul-15 19:48:11

Erm, well...

capsium Sat 04-Jul-15 19:49:06

I love the it that (almost) anything goes now. <cheekily swishes greying / white blond, very long loose non 'styled' hair>

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