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What is Wrong with Men’s Clothing

Men's Clothing

Clothes make the man in respects more vital than mere appearance and social acceptability. It is true that a slender man looks more stout in a double-breasted coat, or that suiting with a vertical stripe makes the short man look taller. But these are not especially vital factors. Research and scientific opinion are rapidly accumulating data which indicate rather definitely that clothing may almost remake the course of human history.

This newer knowledge helps one understand why we make more mistakes in summer, why usually sensible Germany has a growing number of nude societies, why the Alps are healthful, how to keep cool in summer; and it also makes us pause and wonder about man’s place in the decades to come.

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Gender-Free Clothes Are Radical and Valid

Children’s clothes at John Lewis

When retailer John Lewis ditched gendered labels on children’s clothing, a backlash soon followed.

John Lewis is the first major UK clothes seller to offer exclusively gender neutral children’s clothes. Labels read “Girls & Boys” or “Boys & Girls” on all items, from newborns up to 14 years. It has also launched a unisex line for children, with no more prescriptive pink for girls and blue for boys—just clothes for everyone.

Some embraced the store for its progressive and nuanced take on gender politics. But others were scandalised—calling it an example of liberal pandering or outsized political correctness (gone wrong).

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