In Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate, Lady Montdore bemoans her daughter Polly's lack of interest in getting married, or even landing a boyfriend. She says to her friend Lady Patricia:
"What can be the matter with Polly? So beautiful and no B.A. at all.”
“S.A.,” said Lady Patricia faintly, “or B.O.”
“When we were young none of that existed, thank goodness. S.A. and B.O., perfect rubbish and bosh—one was a beauty or a jolie-laide, and that was that.
(Jolie-laide means an unconventially attractive woman.)
My wild guess is that S.A. stands for sex appeal. Maybe B.A. is boyfriend appeal? As for B.O., I have no clue (except of course that it doesn't have its current meaning).
If anyone could confirm or refute my guesses, and explain the last term, I'd be thankful.
Let me add that Polly is described as a classic beauty, compared with the Wyndham sisters, for example. Moreover her beauty has an almost ethereal cast. That's why, in context, "body odour" makes no sense. Also it would be totally out of character for Ladies Montdore and Patricia to be referring to that.