Up-to-Date (c. 1949)

"2. Do you wear clothes that make you a little more up-to-date than the other women in your set?

Good--provided your taste is reliable and that the clothes suit you. Men may rant about the "crazy hat" but they swell with pride when their lady companions arouse admiring stares."

Carmen Miranda, 1940s. From here.

From the 1949 questionnaire, "How Attractive Are You to the Opposite Sex?" in Esquire's Handbook for Hosts: A Time-Honored Guide to the Perfect Party, excerpted by Brainpickings yesterday.

When a hat made the difference.

Click through to Brainpickings for more "rules" on how to attract members of the opposite sex (if that's what you're into).