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Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Repington, Feb 1, 2017.
What a wonderful article in a witty/scholarly manner! Thank-you for sharing that (said the devoted Wodehouse fan).
Thank you Repington.
I had an office in Holland Park at one time, and was in the habit of spending my lunch hour in the souk off Notting Hill Gate, where I once saw some spats for sale in a window amidst a pile of starched wing collars and ancient Sam Brown belts. The only time I have ever seen a pair, in fact - they have gone the way of the dodo.
Thank you for sharing the wonderfully enjoyable article.
In the city, I agree with you. However, in the African bush spats (or leggings) are really useful. When you're hunting in shorts because of the heat they keep the sticks and briars out of you socks. I have a pair I've worn in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Handy things.
Are they actually called "spats" these days? I have always thought of "spats" (properly) as strictly a dress garment. In the bush they become "leggings" (as you say) or "gaiters." I seem to recall we had a thread discussing snake gaiters in this forum some years back.
I have some leggings, or gaiters, myself. Spats were their effete, rather unnecessary, metropolitan cousins.
I'd always assumed spats had a utilitarian purpose: keep the crud from a Victorian city street out of your shoes. Never heard that "no spats in the afternoon" rule. Mayhap gentlemen of the better classes carriage-pooled to their clubs after a hard day of counting dividends.
Or collecting rent from their cottagers.
No gentleman would ever do that. You send your man to do it for you.