Monday, October 1, 2018

The Return of the Housecoat

I call it a shop coat now, but early and mid-twentieth century women covered their base layers with a lightweight washable long smock while managing the domicile. It was easy to change into street clothing when the time came to sally forth.


I often wear three or four hats in the course of a day. A lab coat from the North End Academic Bookstore is cut to afford ample movement in the shoulders and is thick enough to protect under layers from wet paint. An indigo linen duster from the Northern European All-time Boutique close to the Market is easy, generous, and stylish for dry but grubby tasks. A black version of the same design is ideal for working with ink and as a protective summer layer on public transportation -30-

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