I agree -- The women in this video looked so "dressed up," and the Waltons rarely "dressed up" like that. But, outside the home, the Waltons often wore nice clothes, nice hair, and nice natural looking makeup.
It's hard to say what "looking nice" or "dressed up" meant back then and what it means now. These days, I see people wearing all sorts of things in public, including pjs. So, Mary Ellen shopping at Ike's in a below the knee floral dress with beautiful hair and makeup -- that might look "very dressed up" by today's standards.
In the later seasons, I think Erin and Cindy sometimes looked "dressed up" and 1970s chic -- perfectly feathered hair, blue eye shadow, dark denim designer jeans. I do question why the on-set stylists would sometimes make characters from the Great Depression / WW2 era look so modern and fashionable.
I do question why the on-set stylists would sometimes make characters from the Great Depression / WW2 era look so modern and fashionable.
Did you ever watch the original Star Trek? It was set thousands of years in the future but the hairstyles were straight out of the 60s, and that went for men as well. Chekov's hair was a copy of Davy Jones from The Monkeys. It gave the viewers a 'connection' if you will. Something for them to identify with.
I think it was a similar situation for The Waltons.