Etiquette for teens: How gals can be dainty misses (1953)

Seventeen - October 1953

Daintiness is important in beauty picture

by Helen Follett

A gal may be a raving beauty, she may wear the finest fashions, but if she isn’t a dainty miss, all her glamour’s gone for naught.

Daintiness means a number of things. It calls for head-to-toe cleanliness. Clothes and lingerie must be spotless. Soiled white collars, gloves or other accessories detract considerably from a girl’s appearance.

Girls in the ’50s: Cleanliness is necessary

Hosiery must be changed daily; shoes changed every other day. Wool frocks and sweaters should not be placed in closets at night, but before open windows to be aired. A foot powder should be dusted in shoes — it’s a good means of keeping feet comfortable. This is an especially good hint for the saleswoman or any gal who has a job that calls for a lot of footwork during the day.

Daintiness also means a daily bath or shower. No girl should ever be so busy she misses her morning or night tub time. She should make the bath a glamorous affair. Scented accessories — powders, soaps, salt and oils — do this effectively. If she uses them, she’ll step from the tub and walk in a cloud of fragrance that will make her feel truly feminine.

She shouldn’t rush through a bath, but should go about it leisurely to get full benefits. A heavy brush and lots of lather are a help in scrubbing away dirt, keeping skin smooth and lovely.

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Finally, the dainty miss uses a deodorant. This is important. The counters are stocked with all types — creams, lotions, powders, sticks — so she should find the one that does the most effective job.

Diet has a place in this picture, too. Onion and garlic dishes should be avoided. The jokes on this subject are all too true, and a young lady who eats garlic is not going to be over-popular with dates, friends or the boss, either.

Seventeen magazine - June 1953

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