How to be a good husband

Amongst the highlights from Esquire's crop of Christmas presents was this edited re-print of a groom’s guide from 1936. There’s some outdated nonsense in it, alongside some brilliant commentary, so here are the highlights, all taken from chapter V, Dress And Clothing. However, the illustrations that run throughout the book are also well worth a look.

“Do be careful not to wear a made-up tie with evening wear or coloured socks with evening shoes. The latter should be in plain black silk.”

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“Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that indifference to dress denotes either individuality or humility. In most cases it is simply a form of silly pride.”

“Don’t fall into the error of thinking that the possession of much jewellery marks you as a person of consequence…. At the most, one good ring is the limit allowed by good taste.”

“Don’t be careless and go to the office in that grease-spotted coat.”

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“Do make every endeavour that your dress shall be neat, quiet and suitable for the occasion.”

“Do, when going out with your wife, dress with the same care that you used to do before you were married.”

“The wearing by a woman of a hat and other things, even only six months behind the fashion, announces to all her friends that she is the unfortunate possessor of a stingy husband.”

PS
In light of all this, some advice from chapter VI, Finance, that you may also want to remember:
“Do take care not to be led into expenses that you cannot afford in order to keep up appearances.”

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