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January 9, 2012

We Were So Much Older Then! Check Out These 24 Portrait Photos of Middle Aged Women From the 1960s

Is it our hair? Our makeup? Do our fitted jeans make the difference? Are our yoga and pilates classes more effective than we thought? Are we Botox-ing more than anyone will admit, or dyeing our hair at some kind of marathon pace? Why is it that middle-aged women today seem years and years younger than women of the same age from the 1960s?

Do you look at pictures of your mom when she was your age now and think she looks more like a grandmother than a young(ish) mother? Why is that? Was it how they wore their hair? Was it the style of clothing — how they always seemed to be in formal suits or dresses? Is their jewelry too heavy-looking, and did they wear too much of it? Did they simply hold themselves older?

Could our more youthful appearance be attributed to how so few women of our generation smoke cigarettes? How we get out of the house more than our moms did to pursue rewarding careers (and earn our own money to spend on beauty products)? Are our Spanx working better than their girdles? Do we simply feel more pressure to look better now then they did then?

Take a look at these 20 vintage photos of middle-aged women from the 1960s (courtesy of and try to discern why it is they look more like grandmas than moms. (And take note how — ironically — the one thing that makes all of the women in the photos look younger is their good-looking legs, which look good with the help of pantyhose. Pantyhose on a woman today, of course, would make her seem considerably older.)



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