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THE WOMEN AREN'T SO WORSE IN THE FASHION LINE
The good Cardinal Cavallari, patriarch of Venice, tells us in a
protest against present day feminine fashions that the men are dis
gusted with the clothes women wear.
No doubt the opinion of the men folks has some weight in
Italy and in Europe. Maybe it has in America in isolated cases,
but not at all in the matter of clothes.
The American woman pretty thoroughly understands the mas
culine gender. In her dissection of all male character she fmds him
a liar, or a conceited puppy, or a booze fighter, or a smoke chimney,
'or a grouch, or a buffoon, or an ingrate, or a sissy and ten times out
of ten more or less selfish. So why should she pay the slightest
attention in the world to any man's disgust over such a personal
affair to her as her clothes?
Another thing: This mattei; of following the dictates of fash
ion isn't so one-sided as man tries to make it. Whether he has only
$5 or $50 to spend man wears the style of duds in fashion at the
moment. If he doesn't care one way or the other, they make him
take the style anyway. .
What can be more outlandishly awkward than the generally ac
cepted shape of his shoe, with the toe that looks almost human'in its
agony of distorted pain?
If women's clothes leave little to the imagination, how about
men's-pants? Look 'em over and prove, if you can, that they are
not positively indecent.
"Frills of fashion" is supposed to refer to feminine frills, but
what's a vest but a frill? What earthly use is it except as a back
ground for decorations of soup and pudding.
The coat is, to be sure, a useful garment, but somebody please
explain quick why men put buttons on the backs of the sleeves and
half belts around the backs. No frills here. Of course not! And
why the open space at the top into which all the weather in creation
can tumble and play with a man's throat and lungs.
If the authors of the world's population didn't take themselves
so blamed seriously they'd see, every time they went out on the"
street, the continuous vaudeville scream in the lids of the' passing
human males. Take the Panama of this season's menu. Looks just
like one of mother's pancakes, cooled off, with a collar on it And
the derby? Always was and is an inverted soup kettle. The slouch
.hat? Verily, the slouchiest, downiest thing this side of Thibet!
No, the male of the species has no monopoly on modesty and
It is as much the duty of a par-1 as for the child to make his parent
jent to make his child proud of him proud.
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