21 June 2008

How fashion trends develop

When Edward the VII could no longer button the bottom button of his waistcoat, elegant men in British society left their bottom buttons undone as a courtesy.

The other, even more important fashion he started, also by accident, was the crease in trousers; his trousers went into a shop after an accident on a trip, and the only ones his size had been stacked so strangely that folds ran down the front of each leg.

(found in an old issue of Punch)

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