"Bertie Wooster's socks and spats" - Kate Macdonald article

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  1. Repington

    Repington New Member

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  2. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge Moderator and Bon Vivant

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    What a wonderful article in a witty/scholarly manner! Thank-you for sharing that (said the devoted Wodehouse fan).
     
  3. Langham

    Langham Honors Member

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    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.
     
  4. Gurdon

    Gurdon Moderator

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    Thank you for sharing the wonderfully enjoyable article.
    Regards,
    Gurdon
     
  5. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge Moderator and Bon Vivant

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    Oregon
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    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.
     
  6. JLibourel

    JLibourel Honors Member and King Fop

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    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.
     
  7. Langham

    Langham Honors Member

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    Kent
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    I have some leggings, or gaiters, myself. Spats were their effete, rather unnecessary, metropolitan cousins.
     
  8. phyrpowr

    phyrpowr Honors Member

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    Charlotte
    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.
     
  9. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge Moderator and Bon Vivant

    On the banks of the Willamette
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    Or collecting rent from their cottagers.
     
  10. Langham

    Langham Honors Member

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    No gentleman would ever do that. You send your man to do it for you.
     

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