|Flair magazine, June 1963|
Many of the clothes shown look very formal, like the suit worn with long gloves, an organdie scarf and a big hat (modelled by Grace Coddington?)
A feature "Underneath it all" suggests one reason why the clothes look more stiff and formal than we are used to - you were supposed to wear a corset. And perhaps they were more comfortable than earlier corsets, because "in these days of miraculous man-made fibres, a featherweight corselette or pantie girdle will exert real control for all figure types". Even under slacks - the feature shows a "pantie girdle that gives a really smooth line under slacks", reaching to just above the knee. And they were made for slim women as well as "the most ample figure" (size 40 in. bust, that is).
There are several ads for different brands of corset in the magazine, including the famous Silhouette ads, showing corsets worn over a kind of black body stocking.
As the suspenders attached to the Silhouette corsets show, women still wore stockings, not tights.
The magazine has a surprising number of ads for perfumes and perfumed products like talcum powder. (What happened to talcum powder?) Some of the French perfume brands still exist, and there's an ad for Chanel No. 5, already 40 years old in 1963. But other names like Morny have gone, I think.
I was too young to be affected by most of this, though I did wear stockings for a short while . (Hated them.) Women's clothes are so much freer and more comfortable now than in 1963 - a huge improvement.
And... knitting. There is a knitting pattern in the magazine, although perhaps you shouldn't really expect much woolly knitwear in a June issue. It's a collarless cardigan knitted in two colours.
It's really not too bad - it wouldn't look too extraordinary if someone wore it now. The yarn is Lee Target Gaelic Floss, so I imagine something like a Shetland wool. It's knitted mainly on 4.5mm needles, so possibly a DK weight. For me, it's the most forward-looking thing in the magazine. (But then, I'm a knitter.)