These Were The Most Attractive Female Traits to Men 50 Years Ago- Would You Agree Today?
When you think back about how much has changed in fifty years, it’s astonishing. Fifty years ago, in the late 60s/early 70s, people had never heard of the internet or social media. They would have never imagined the sophisticated transport systems we have now, or the many millions of new careers that have been invented since their time (for example, you can literally work as an emoji translator now!). In particular, people in the mid-1900s would definitely not have anticipated all the new styles in clothes and fashion! Nowadays, women have swapped conservative dresses for jeans and tops, and red lipstick for smoky eyes and cut creases. All in all, it’s been a huge social shift since the mid-twentieth century.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the fact that men will always find women attractive. While nowadays there are certain traits like confidence, style and education that draw men to certain women, 50 years ago, what a man liked was a little different. Here are some of the most typical traits and behaviours that men found attractive about women back then. Would these things attract men today?
Following the long skirts that took over fashion in the 1950s, the 60s and 70s were a time where women could bare their legs in cute mini-skirts, much to the delight of their male counterparts. During this time, mini-skirts were all the rage and became shorter and shorter as the decade went on. To accentuate the legs, women also wore high shoes and tall, pointed boots which were extremely stylish and flattering.
Ditching the Bra
The image of a bra-burning feminist may seem silly and outdated now, but it does have roots somewhere, and that place is the 1960s. During this decade, many women were ditching their bras for day-to-day wear as both a political statement and act of rebellion, inspired by the massive surge in second-wave feminism. Interestingly, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent began incorporating this look onto the runway, making it a fashionable trend as well as a form of protest.
Long, Straight Hair
With every new decade comes a new popular hairstyle and the 1960s brought with it the rise of long, straight hair. Inspired by the hippie movement and celebrities like Cher, long, straight, thick hair was regarded the most desirable and beautiful on a girl, and was thought to be extremely feminine. While we can easily create this style now with heat and chemical styling, in a world before sophisticated salon technology, it was much harder to master this seemingly simple look!
In today’s world, where smoking is widely regarded as disgusting, it seems bizarre that it used to be incredibly sexy! Back 50 years ago, before they knew how damaging smoking cigarettes was, being a smoker was considered extremely sophisticated and attractive. This may have been because of the popularity of smoking amongst the most glamorous celebs of the time, like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
The rise of supermodels began in the late 1960s, with the success of extremely thin models like Twiggy taking the world by storm. While nowadays a curvier figure is thought to be the most attractive, boyish and thin figures like that of Twiggy were coveted 50 years ago, and thought to be very attractive. This continued on into the early 2000s until the rise of celebrities like the Kardashians and Rihanna, who influenced people to celebrate bigger bodies.
This one might shock you, but the 60s weren’t actually as boozy as rumours may have you think! While men were welcome to indulge in some alcoholic beverages on the regular, it was deemed unfeminine for women to do the same. Crazily, bars were even allowed to deny serving women who weren’t accompanied by a man! Despite the rising popularity in alcohol consumption, women were demonised for drinking alcohol, and being sober was seen as the height of femininity.
Having a Personal Style
The 1960s and 1970s are known as a time of revolution and social change, and this definitely showed through people’s personal styles at the time. With the rise of social movements like feminism, hippies and Black Power, many people began to fall into groups where their style would be influenced by each other and their beliefs. Many women who were in these groups adopted a more individual, political style which was deemed attractive by men who would have been in the same group as them.
Similar to women wanting rail-thin bodies, flat chests were also a desirable feminine feature in the late 1960s. This came as an expected consequence of women desiring to be thinner and thinner. Interestingly, the rise of thin supermodels with flat chests began a cultural phenomenon where teens and young women obsessed over their weight. Before this, according to sources, women had never been so preoccupied with how their bodies looked.
Cute Eye Makeup
The 1960s were something of a revolution for innovative makeup looks, and this is mostly down to supermodel Twiggy, who championed the way for bold eye looks while working on the runway. Unlike the bright lips and minimal eye makeup of decades before, the 1960s and 1970s saw heavy eyeliner, colourful eyeshadow and dramatic false lashes take centre stage, combined with a very light of nude lip look. Interestingly, this is still quite a popular look today, proving its timelessness.
Being a Housewife
Being a stay at home housewife was the norm for the majority of women in the mid 20th century, and it was a tradition that most men yearned for. The now-outdated idea of the man going out to work as a sole breadwinner while his wife stayed at home with their children was seen as the perfect family structure for many men, and achieving this was the equivalent of achieving the “American Dream”. How times have changed!
What do you think about these “attractive” traits during the mid-twentieth century? Do you think that men still find these traits attractive, or has everything changed since then?
Sources: vogue.fr, immortal-beauty.com, crfashionbook.com, flashbak.com, ladiesnews.net, refinery29.com, manrepeller.com, independent.co.uk, elmadarnewsdz.com, yasmina.com, medium.com