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Shopping with the Wife

by James Joyner on 28 August 2009

I stumbled upon the following at Esquire:

Sixty-year-old advice on shopping with the wife still rings true today

USMA cadet shopping esquirePhoto credit: Bettmann/Corbis

“A word to the wives is sufficient. And the word is NO. When you have serious shopping to do, leave the pretty things at home. They can call in a few harpies from the neighborhood, set up a Kaffee-klatsch, tear a few reputations to ribbons, and be as happy as birds.” — Esquire, February 1949

Aside from the fact that Esquire is reprinting prose that it would no doubt shy away from today — and yet it still rings true today! — is the fact that the photo is of a young West Point cadet who was almost surely not married to the woman with who he was shopping, as academy rules rules forbid it.  (Melissa Clouthier guesses she’s his mother.  That would be my hunch as well.)

As to the wisdom of the advice, I suppose it depends on the wife and for what one is shopping.  I tend to follow my own sense of style when shopping for clothes but it’s often useful to have a second set of eyes to judge fit.

About James Joyner

James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway and the managing editor of a DC think tank. He's a former Army officer, Desert Storm vet, and college professor. He has a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama.

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29 August 2009 at 11:40

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