In the Regency era, for example, the advice was clear: looks matter but value them at the peril of your long-term happiness: “She, who, intoxicated with flattery, protracts the triumphs of her beauty in youth, may live to lament the barren spoils of it in age.” Indeed, throughout history, grooming and dressing as well as you possibly can has always been a better strategy than ruminating on what you don’t have.
Victorian women wore dresses cut just above the nipples, with pearl necklaces draped lasciviously in their décolletage, while some Edwardian men favoured wearing corsets and delighted in the sensation of tight lacing.
The Georgians were mad for ‘lonely hearts’ adverts, which they would write and post via newspapers including the , later in matrimonial gazettes, circulated around London’s coffee houses, while the Victorians settled on the idea of the marriage bureau, an agency designed to match the middle classes, via photos and details about their hobbies.
It's as if you were just introduced to an organ that you rely on for life, which you never before even realized existed.“Soul mate” is an understatement; it's as if you have found a part of your soul that you didn't know you had. The stars didn't align at the right moment in place and time, and hence, the two of your hearts cracked — metaphorically, of course.
Although I have fallen in love several times in my life, I have really only been in love once. Well, I have only fallen in love one time, at a point in my life when I wasn't especially lonely.
It was when I was much younger and when, to be honest, I was doing just fine without a female companion to share my life with.
When the mini skirt was invented in the early 1960s, some men even tried it out, including 16-year-old trainee brick layer Tony Liggard whom the reported was convinced it would catch on among men.
It didn’t – but long hair, floral patterns, make-up and jewellery all eventually did.