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While the men may have earned the money, they took charge of how it was spent balancing the household finances with military precision. Hardy reproduces list of household items made by women of the time and receipts that were kept to keep books balanced in her book, offering a unique insight into the lives lived by families decades ago. Aside from the domestic lives of women in the 50s, Hardy's book also looks at the popular fashions. As like today, magazines such as Vogue were a port of call for anyone seeking the latest fashion advice and the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret were style icons along with actresses Doris Day and Grace Kelly.
Women were able to make the most of the increased availability of fabrics like nylon and no outfit was considered complete without hat and gloves. Hardy writes: 'For summer the hat would have been close fitting: a Juliet-style cap, or a simple stiffened band some 5in or 6in wide in a material that matched or toned with the dress.
I figure since I'd been such a good girl all evening and he's still a bit tipsy, now might be a good time to ask him about the tennis lessons, so when he gets back There was no social media or daytime tv to distract from chores. This depends on the housewife and how motivated she is! Sheila Hardy. Nowadays when we look back at those times, many people like to make it sound as though every woman was unhappy in her traditional role. What is even worse is that nowadays we think that the world is evolving that everyone is smarter, better
She adds: Gloves were considered much more than simply items to keep your hands warm in winter. As they couldn't afford to buy new dresses very often, 50s women were encouraged to make do and mend and creating dresses from patterns was the norm.
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The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The perfect 50s housewife myth busted: How women didn't have time to keep an immaculate home AND achieve flawless look Author Sheila Hardy reveals the daily reality for 50s housewives in recent book Keeping an both immaculate home and perfect appearance was an ideal most never achieved 'They would have their husband's evening meal ready but it was doubtful if they would have had time to run a comb through their hair,' she writes Many also had jobs as well as carrying out all household chores By Lucy Waterlow for MailOnline Published: BST, 1 March Updated: BST, 2 March e-mail 98 View comments.
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