Carrol Cox wrote:
> > "`I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers
> > rolled.` What does that mean, Mr. Marlowe?"
> Someplace in the last few days I stumbled across a bit of filler in some
> paper or magazine to the effect that it was the Duke of Windsor (I
> imagine while he was Prince of Wales) who popularized rolled (cuffed)
For fun I did a web search for the Duke of Windsor and cuffed
trousers. I came up with only one page linking him to cuffed trousers
but a number of other pages making him a fashion trend setter for
My opinion is that he must have started a _resurgence_ of the cuffed
trousers as he was 17 or 18 when Prufrock was written and not as
likely to have been such a model of dress as later in his career.
(Is being the Prince of Wales actually a career? I mean the ultimate
goal is to get out of the job, right?)
Edward was extremely popular as prince of Wales, and he
made fashion statements that changed the way men dressed throughout
the 20th century in the Western world - soft collars, tweed sport
jackets, cuffed trousers, low shoes, the Windsor knotted tie, and
V-necked sweaters freed men from the starched look that characterized
the turn of the century.
There are two proper shirt styles from which to chose. The more formal
is a white winged-collar shirt with pleats, and single cuffs. The
second choice, less formal but decidedly more comfortable, is the
turndown collar shirt with soft-pleated front and double French cuffs
-- yet another sartorial contribution of the Duke of Windsor.
The dinner jacket remained just as its inventor intended until the
1920s, when the next Prince of Wales - later to become the Duke of
Windsor - ordered a new dinner jacket (by this time, Lorillard's
tuxedo had taken the name of its American birthplace), and
specifically requested that the fabric be not black, but blue -
midnight blue, to be precise. Under artificial light, midnight blue
appears black - blacker than black, in fact - whereas black, under the
same artificial conditions, tends to take on a greenish cast. The new
color caught on, and is now counted among the great sartorial
inspirations of that bygone era.
Another web page like the above.