Vintage Fashion Rules We’re Pretty Sure You Should Break Today.

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Women's views on beauty and fashion have progressed a lot over the years. What might have been deemed as inappropriate before is considered a part of the norm today.

In 1968, the editors of Seventeen published a guide for young women called The Seventeen Book of Fashion and Beauty. Although the advice might have seemed useful back then, it is the completely useless and outdated in today's generation. The book is filled with all sorts of shaming along with criticism and anorexia tips.

Check out some direct quotes from the antiquated guide below. You'll quickly grow grateful realizing how much the world has changed in the last five decades.

#1. “Too much skin, too much leg, too much perfume, too much makeup labels you a girl to be whistled at rather than loved.”

It is never a woman’s fault for being catcalled. Women can dress however they want, smell however they want, doll up as much as they want and still be loved.

“Too much skin, too much leg, too much perfume, too much makeup labels you a girl to be whistled at rather than loved.”

#2. "Some girls can use nothing but eyeliner, blusher and lipstick and still end up looking like a lady clown.”

Some girls can use nothing but eyeliner, blusher and lipstick and still end up looking like a beauty.

"Some girls can use nothing but eyeliner, blusher and lipstick and still end up looking like a lady clown.”

#3. "Swimsuits belong at waterside, not in the street. There’s no excuse for placing oneself on display.”

Wearing clothes that reveal as much skin as a swimsuit in public doesn’t necessarily mean she’s putting herself on display. If a woman is comfortable in her skin, let her be.

"Swimsuits belong at waterside, not in the street. There’s no excuse for placing oneself on display.”

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#4. "If a girl slumps her shoulders, it’s a safe bet she hopes nobody will notice anything about her. Probably nobody will.”

Yes, a woman should always have good posture but that doesn’t mean slumped shoulders will automatically turn her invisible.

"If a girl slumps her shoulders, it’s a safe bet she hopes nobody will notice anything about her. Probably nobody will.”

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#5. "Why do you suppose most road signs are printed on shiny white or yellow backgrounds? The better to see the curves. The same thing happens on girls.”

Not sure how this is applied to girls? Does this mean women should take photos in front of white or yellow backgrounds to show off their curves?

"Why do you suppose most road signs are printed on shiny white or yellow backgrounds? The better to see the curves. The same thing happens on girls.”

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#6. "Your hands tell a lot about you. Are they pretty to look at, soft to hold? They should be.”

Hands do tell a lot about a person but that doesn't mean a woman's hands have to be soft and pretty. Rough hands are signs of a hard worker.

"Your hands tell a lot about you. Are they pretty to look at, soft to hold? They should be.”

#7. "Do you get into cars head first? You’ll look prettier if you slide in sideways.”

Who cares how you look when entering a car? Just enter the car whichever way is easiest, more than likely no one will notice a difference.

"Do you get into cars head first? You’ll look prettier if you slide in sideways.”

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#8. "You may be tempted by boldly colored glasses frames… think about it overnight.”

Is this trying to hint that you shouldn't wear boldly colored glasses frames... because Audrey Hepburn is pulling it off quite well.

"You may be tempted by boldly colored glasses frames… think about it overnight.”

#9. "When should you shampoo your hair? The day before it looks like it needs it.”

Or you can just shampoo your hair whenever you want, whenever you deem it's in need of a good wash.

"When should you shampoo your hair? The day before it looks like it needs it.”

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#10. "It is in poor taste to be seen in town or anywhere else in curlers.”

Although not a lot of women today still curl their hair using this method, there's no shame in being seen in public with them on!

"It is in poor taste to be seen in town or anywhere else in curlers.”

#11. "Date bags should always be small and dainty; you wouldn’t want the boy you’re with to think there’s something in the depths that bites if disturbed.”

Date bags or purses come in all shapes and sizes. They can be small and dainty or they can be big like Mary Poppins' status -- chances are your date won't care for the size of your purse.

"Date bags should always be small and dainty; you wouldn’t want the boy you’re with to think there’s something in the depths that bites if disturbed.”

#12. "Be wary of blue shoes, unless they’re navy.”

Although navy colored shoes do come off more subtle, if you find a pair of vibrant blue shoes that you love, why the hell not?

#13. "Cross your ankles if you like, but never your knees. Why? Try it in front of a mirror and see.”

In actuality, a girl can cross her knees and still look classy so look in the mirror all you want.

"Cross your ankles if you like, but never your knees. Why? Try it in front of a mirror and see.”

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#14. "'If hot pink on you makes people want to say: 'Pink, where are you going with that girl?' use it for a scarf or shirt rather than a whole dress.”

Pink is a fabulous color that doesn't need to be restricted. You can wear it as an accessory or you can wear it as your whole outfit like Ann-Margret in her fabulous hot pink set.

"'If hot pink on you makes people want to say: 'Pink, where are you going with that girl?' use it for a scarf or shirt rather than a whole dress.”

#15. "You would be right to wear Bermuda shorts shopping in Bermuda, and wrong, wrong, wrong to wear them shopping in New York.”

A woman can wear any length of pants in any geographical location that she pleases. Bermuda shorts are not limited to only being worn in Bermuda.

"You would be right to wear Bermuda shorts shopping in Bermuda, and wrong, wrong, wrong to wear them shopping in New York.”

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