14. The Bunnies Had Strict Dress Code Rules
Unsurprisingly, given the image of the Playboy Club and the physical demands of being selected as a Bunny, their wardrobes were similarly unforgiving. The Bunny Manual laid out strict dress code rules. The uniforms, which were essentially satin bathing suits, were supposed to be worn “proudly and prettily.” The costumes must be dry cleaned, at the Bunny’s expense, and the ears must be worn centered and bent the correct way. No jewelry was to be worn other than the cufflinks on the bunny uniform. Shoes, which were also the responsibility of the Bunny to purchase and maintain, had to have a minimum three-inch heel.
In addition to the stringent uniform requirements, there were countless grooming and hygiene standards to be met. Pantyhose were required, and pantyhose were to be refrigerated between wears to reduce static. Bunnies, at all times, had to have a nice, fresh manicure. Bright colors of lipstick, such as red or coral, were required at all times. Wigs were also encouraged, to achieve the long, voluminous hair popular in the era. It goes without saying that Bunnies also had to keep their weight low, as the physical standards were very demanding.