Dating etiquette 1950
Blouses, jeans, and long, narrow skirts were also quite popular.The dirndl dress, either sleeveless or with small puff sleeves and having a billowy skirt, became an extremely popular style.Rather, the issue is what he – and you – might get up to if he does in fact stay the night – ‘you probably know him better than we do, but it is our opinion that it usually takes two to make a situation’.Women were allowed to invite men to events on the proviso that they develop a devil-may- care attitude about his attendance – ‘the best rule is to make your invitations worth accepting and not to care what the man thinks so long as he comes’.1950s Jumper Dress and Collar Dress: Image courtesy of Advance The blouse was fashionable during the 1950s, worn with skirts or pants.Many blouses were sleeveless or had very short sleeves.The most notable pub of the era was the Running Horse in Shepherd Market, which had even seen the writer Radclyffe Hall drink there prior to the publication of The Well of Loneliness back in the 1920s.Gay men, meanwhile, didn’t date so much as hook up rampantly.
1950s Women's Dresses with Full Skirts: Image courtesy of Vogue. 1950s Women's Dresses with Full Skirts: Image courtesy of American Vintage Blues. Many dresses were sleeveless or had long, wide collars and V-necks.
After the Matrimonial Clauses Act of 1937, however, the first major change to the divorce laws since 1857, annulment could be granted on the grounds of non-consummation, being of unsound mind, having epilepsy, venereal disease, or being pregnant by another man.
Yet although ending a marriage no longer required a trip to the London Divorce Courts, it was still extortionately expensive and constituted reputational suicide.
On the matter of sex, the book was equally straight-talking.
Automatically presuming that single women were indeed indulging their baser instincts, Hillis advised those who were to keep it to themselves: ‘A Woman’s Honour is no longer mentioned with bated breath and protected by her father, her brother and the community.