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Grooming tips from a bygone era (nostalgic video)
Grooming tips from a bygone era (nostalgic video)

By Dana Gornitzki

Is it just us or is elegance simply a nostalgic reverie?  It would be fair to say – and who could argue? – that the notion of Casual Friday has extended to the rest of the week. It’s far from uncommon to see a gentlewoman or gentleman walking to work in denim.

Somehow, it seems unfathomable that people didn’t leave their homes without donning a trilby or powdering their nose. Call us nostalgic, but we think there’s something romantic in such attention to detail.

Dare we say society has become a touch too relaxed about neat and tidy appearance (and, hello, we’re guilty of this as well).

Feeling and looking like this provides even more reason for regular grooming

Ever feel and look like this? Even more reason for regular grooming

If you too are wistful for a time when women always looked graceful, and men dapper, you’ll be interested in the four pillars of grooming from the glorious and elegant 1940s:

1) Health

2) Posture

3) Cleanliness

4) Neatness

Take a peek at this lovely video below made in 1949. It says it all, with its direct message and modish mid-century lingo. We are charmed by the the use of  “smooth” and may well start adopting it when referring to good grooming.

Do you feel the same or are we completely out of line? Are you always well groomed? Cannot imagine leaving the house in a tracksuit? Have a friend or relative that you think is especially immaculate and elegant?

originally posted on July 9, 2009

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absolutely love that video. i hope i’m SMOOTH what i go out in the evening!

  • magda
  • 06 Jul, 2009
  • 3:00 am

[...] few ladies in our modern age have time to be pampered, let alone enjoy a decadent beauty and grooming ritual like our counterparts of [...]

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  • 30 Mar, 2010
  • 4:36 pm

I liked this! I agree with Magda, I hope I’m “smooth” when I go out too!

  • Elodie
  • 06 Jul, 2010
  • 2:50 am

I love this site, it just echos my sentiments about etiquette, charm and the social graces we seem to lack today.

  • walethia aquil
  • 13 Jul, 2010
  • 8:43 pm

[...] to Mien Magazine, the 4 pillars of good grooming are as [...]

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  • 12 May, 2011
  • 8:51 pm

No mention of cleaning teeth

  • janet
  • 29 Jun, 2011
  • 11:13 am

Dear Janet
You are quite right, there is no mention of cleaning teeth.
We shall have to devote a special piece to this.
Many thanks and fond regards
Prunella for MIEN

  • Prunella de Pedant
  • 29 Jun, 2011
  • 3:06 pm

very well done video. Insightful too.

  • Fiona
  • 13 Dec, 2011
  • 12:57 pm

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