Etiquette Rules That Have Changed Over Time



You don’t need to be told that things have changed a lot over the years. From technology to fashion, things are evolving, and that includes our manners. We’ve become much more fast-paced and expect things to be quick and convenient, which means that etiquette is moving from being more formal to less formal. Here are a few of the rules that have changed over the years. 

 

 


OLD RULE: LADIES FIRST 

While chivalry isn’t exactly dead, the definition of what shows respect to women is changing. Things like opening car doors for women are seen as no longer necessary. 

 

OLD RULE: YOU MUST WEAR BLACK TO A FUNERAL 

Most funerals are considered somber affairs, so the dress code was to wear something in keeping with that mood — usually black, conservative, and not revealing. Today, the fact that formal clothing isn’t even worn to work anymore makes it unnecessary at funerals as well.

 


OLD RULE: WAITING FOR A FORMAL INTRODUCTION 

This was a tactic commonly used in situations like business or membership to elite clubs, and it was a way to restrict members. Today, that restriction is frowned upon, so there’s no longer a need for a formal introduction. 

 


OLD RULE: BABY SHOWERS ARE STRICTLY FOR WOMEN 

Just 10 years ago, baby showers were considered strictly a women’s celebration, but that’s no longer the case. More and more, men are attending baby showers and taking a more active parenting role than dads have in the past. 

 


OLD RULE: MEN WEAR SUITS AND TIES TO WORK AND WOMEN WEAR DRESSES 

Compared to a decade ago, today’s workplace standards for dress are significantly more casual. While men and women used to dress more formally when going to work, today it’s not unusual to see casual dress. In fact, at many tech companies the uniform of the day appears to be jeans and t-shirts. 

 


OLD RULE: A MAN WOULD PULL A WOMAN’S CHAIR OUT 

Traditionally, men would pull a woman’s chair out while she was being seated. It was seen as a sign of respect. In the past decade, there’s been a huge cultural shift about how the sexes are treated. Today, it would seem out of place for men to do that because today men and women are considered equals.