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mid 1960s, suits


“Butch-femme was still alive and well in the mid-sixties. Sybil was a classic butch who always dressed in a suit, shirt and tie and so did most of them. This was how you went out on a Saturday night, and their feminine partners were really quite girly. In fact, today, the feminine partners are more butch than they were in the sixties. Up till the ‘70s there were no casual jeans, so, to be dressed up you had to go the suit way or the dress way. Suits and shirts and ties - it wasn’t looked on strangely because you’d only go to places where you knew you would be accepted.”

Contributed by: Pam Hudson, 63

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