Clothing - Youth And Young Manhood
( Originally Published 1924 )
Entrance to High or Preparatory School often means donning long trousers, the boy's size rather than his age controlling this metamorphosis. The first long-trouser suits have quite an air of youthful nonchalance. The coats of the suits have plaits, belts, and patch pockets. They are usually of tweed or of some "novelty" material. Swagger top coats, very flat-heeled Oxfords with woolen or lisle hose accompany the suit.
The general laxity and carelessness of dress which seem to beset so many boys at this period is usually corrected in a military school where immaculate uniforms, shined boots, and neat quarters are the accepted standard.
Unusual sweaters, sport coats, soft flannel shirts, brushed wool vests in daring colors, Norfolk coats with belts and patch pockets, knickers—which, strange to say, the high-school lad casts aside—short leather fur-lined top-coats, even oilskin "slickers," rain or shine !—things that are a bit spirited and momentarily faddish are expected in the college man's wardrobe, especially if his college is a world set apart from the city's marts and conventionalities.
The more original and daring the college chap can be in his every-day clothes the smarter he seems; and yet he is the most exact in a correct ensemble for the fraternity dance or the Prom. He then displays the discrimination of a connoisseur in dress.