WHAT DRESS MAKES OF US
ever observe, dear comrade, what an element of
caricature lurks in clothes? A short, round coat on a
stout man seems to exaggerate his proportions to such a
ridiculous degree that the profile of his manly form
suggests "the robust bulge of an old jug."
decorated with loops of ribbon and sprays of grass, or
flowers that fall aslant, may give a laughably tipsy air
to the long face of a saintly matron of pious and
hat and tight-fitting, long-skirted coat may so magnify
the meagre physical endowments of a tall, slender girl
that she attains the lank and longish look of a bottle
mocking diablery in strings, wisps of untidy hair, queer
trimmings, and limp hats. Alas! that they should have
such impish power to detract from the dignity of woman
and render man absurd.
his comical attire, an eminent Oxford divine, whose life
and works commanded reverence, was once mistaken for an
ancient New England spinster in emancipated garments.