The Roman News: Fashion Pages – text only version
WHO’S WEARING THE TROUSERS?
Illustrated by SUE SHIELDS
THE FRENCH DO IT. The Britons do it. Even some of our soldiers do it. But should the rest of us men be wearing trousers? The barbarians claim that they’re comfortable and warn. But The Roman News still votes for the classic tunic and toga, and here’s why!
NOTHING COULD BE easier to wear than a tunic. Just slip it over your head, belt it, and there you are—ready for the day!
It doesn’t really matter whether your tunic is made of linen or wool, but keep it about knee length so that you don’t trip over it. A durable leather tunic is the best choice for a working man, of course. And what could be simpler or warmer than a woolen toga? Even youngsters quickly get the hang of arranging this long piece of cloth over the left shoulder, around the back, under the right arm, tucked into the belt, and over the left shoulder again.
<Middle left beside article text: Cartoon by MARTIN BROWN, of a tall toga-wearing Roman and on his left a perplexed and scruffy Barbarian wearing checked trousers.>
But the toga is more than a fashion statement. It tells the world you’re a citizen, and not a slave.
Just think of all the fuss we make on a boy’s 14th birthday—the day he puts aside the purple-banded toga of childhood for the all-white toga of manhood.
Of course, the greatest honor of all is given to the men who lead us. How proud our senators must be of the broad purple stripe that edges their togas.
Barbarians just look scruffy in comparison. Their baggy checked trousers and their rough woolen shirts may be all right for the cold month, but they really shouldn’t be worn anywhere else. So show the world you’re a Roman—wear your toga with pride!
<Image in centre of page of a toga-wearing senator>
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