The June 3, 2008, Wall Street Journal carried an article by Woody Hochswender entitled “He Made Pantsuits Suit Working Women” in a tribute to designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died in
I related to Hochswender’s article on two levels. First, in my book MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL, at the Ft.Knox PX Sharon buys towels and washcloths designed by Yves Saint Laurent. "These are terrific prices,"
Second are these words of Hochswender: “(The) trousered suit for women was a look he did not invent but refined and made respectable for respectable women to wear. With it,
Hochswender goes on to describe a world in which women “were not permitted to enter the finest restaurants in midtown
I don’t actually remember this moment in
Yet I do remember May-July 1970 when, as a new army officer’s wife, I had to learn how to be a proper officer’s wife. Here’s what the third edition of Mary Preston Gross’ booklet “Mrs. Lieutenant” (with a copyright of 1968) said about pants:
"Slacks and shorts on the tennis court, or about the house, are fine on a cute slim figure but are out of place and usually forbidden at the commissary, post exchange, theater, and public places. Since today's fashions stress women in pants, try to be discreet as to where and when you wear them."
Obviously the fashion world of Yves Saint Laurent hadn’t yet invaded
Day 5 of the MRS. LIEUTENANT virtual book tour: Stop in at www.theplotline.wordpress.com for two posts about the book: an overview of the story to be followed by an interview of Kim Benton, the Southern Baptist who carpools with Sharon Gold for the nine weeks of Armor Officers Basic.
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