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What happened to the days when men wore suits as casual wear men in the 1950’s men in that era used to dress up in suits as every day apparel?

It’s not the 1950s anymore. Folks aren’t forced to sit in the back of the bus, women have careers and both men [b]and[/b] women dress the way they want to.
@spitterwoman21 There are still restaurants that have a dress code. But you also pay for the privilege of dining among patrons in fancy or formal attire.
spitterwoman21 · 56-60, F
@bijouxbroussard but everyone should make some effort when eating out with other humans
@spitterwoman21 Perhaps, but they don’t have to, except in those restaurants with dress codes.
DrWatson · 70-79, M
I am very glad they are gone!

I do enjoy dressing up now and then for special occasions, but wearing a suit all the time is something I find suffocating.

As a child in the 1950's, I often had to wear a suit, and my memories are of constant itching!
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@DrWatson I would see men wearing full suits in the summer and it seemed that they would get so hot wearing all of that. Might be easier to wear in colder weather. And a necktie seems very uncomfortable.
DrWatson · 70-79, M
@cherokeepatti My father-in-law had a very thick neck. Whenever he wore a suit, he wore a bolo instead of a tie.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@DrWatson yeah much better than wearing a bow tie. There was a local newscaster who wore a bow tie from the time he started his tv news career. A few months before he got promoted he lost the bow tie and started wearing a neck tie. Now he reports from D.C.
It's not so unusual in Europe. Many men still wear suits, with modern more comfortable fabric.
AthrillatheHunt · 51-55, M
@EarthlingWise I’m imagining an east euro guy in an adidas track suit w sneakers and gold chains and a cigarette .
“I’m a businessman “ lol
exexec · 61-69, C
I suppose I grew up in a less formal area of the country. Unless a man was a minister, attorney, or doctor, he seldom wore a suit during the week. Suits were for church and events like weddings and funerals. Being in the south where air conditioning was rare might be a factor.
They wear wigs n tampons now..
yay the future
Freeranger · M
I'd recently posted in a fan moment, James Herriot's (pen name for author Alf Wight) All Creatures Great and Small s'eries from PBS. I'd watched the original in the '80's and the remake is so, so good....I can't tell you how often I've watched the re-runs. It's total escapism.
I make no secret of the fact that, this would, from a farming perspective, and societally, be a life preferance.
If you watch this series, you'll find it robust with men and women in correct wear of that late '30's period of style. Call me a nerd on this one, but I'm a total enthusiast regarding those wool tweeds, flat caps, and fedoras. I love their style and grace of the period. d
AthrillatheHunt · 51-55, M
It’s so weird seeing a photo of any downtown city in America in 1950.
All people are dressed well .
4meAndyou · F
Styles usually change for a reason...and intense discomfort was one of those reasons.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@4meAndyou Peeling a girdle off after school after wearing it all day in the month of May is a memory I’ll never forget….Freeeeedom!
4meAndyou · F
@cherokeepatti As soon as I started picking out my own clothes...age 13...all that crap went into the bin. You couldn't wear a girdle with a mini skirt anyway. YAY!!!!
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@4meAndyou same
Muthafukajones · 46-50, M
A job was job in the fifties.

Try to imagine that a job can actually pay for

New car
Three children and their college educations.

If you found a job like that wouldn’t you dress well ?

Now todays job market…
You’re lucky if you can afford Walmart.

I think I’ll wear my hoodie to my McDonald’s job today.

cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
Also dry cleaning gets expensive. Some jobs are worth it though
4meAndyou · F
@cherokeepatti I worked for Harvard Pilgrim insurance in Quincy years ago, and there was a dry cleaning service right in the lobby.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@4meAndyou was it for the employees And how much did they charge?
4meAndyou · F
@cherokeepatti Yes. Although I did leave dry cleaning there now and then, I don't really remember how much they charged. It was convenient, though.
NiftyWhite · 46-50, F
It’s true. Old photos of my dad were like this less he was in the garden or something.
Fertilization · 31-35, F
Affording a coat 🧥 as a day to day apparel wouldn’t be easy. 😜
akindheart · 61-69, F
What happened to women wearing suits too. I have 50
DearAmbellina2113 · 41-45, F
No one wore suits casually. It was only for work or formal occasions or church. Otherwise they wore regular clothes like we do. Jeans, t-shirts, overalls, work coveralls, etc. My dad wore jeans and button-down shirts. My grandad wore overalls with a t shirt underneath.
FR0Z3NY0GURT · 100+, F
I like the 50s fashion
Seeking1 · 26-30, F
the 1950's had an interesting style for both men and women. Today its easier to choose either casual or formal or even something in between. If theres anything I hate about the 1950's its just that tailoring was weird.
Steve42 · 56-60, M
They used to impress their women. Today we know that 90% of the women are competing for 2% of the men. That it is otherwise impossible to impress women with those values and we quit putting forth the effort.
Men in my profession still do…and I love it. 😀
DrWatson · 70-79, M
@Vivaci It's great to wear what you love wearing!
Comfort first! But styled comfort please….@DrWatson
@Vivaci I remember having to wear dresses to mass, with stockings, hat and gloves. Uniform to school, with a petticoat under the skirt. I owned two pairs of jeans, for after school and Saturdays. I [b]lived[/b] for that comfort. I don’t think I saw my mother wearing blue jeans until the 70s.
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
Its not the wages. Its the taxes. Cut the taxes back to the level they were in the 1950s and the wages we earn would be more than enough.
DDonde · 31-35, M
The 1960s happened

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