Sources: Papers On Health

Clothing should be light yet warm, and sufficiently free so

as not to interfere with bodily movements. The clothing next the skin

should, we think, be linen, as being more porous and absorbent than

wool (see Underwear). No woman who values her health should submit to

any tight lacing. The organs of the body require every inch of space

for the proper performance of their functions, and if they are unduly

squeezed many serious complaints may result. Besides the skin is a

breathing organ, and it is most important that air should readily reach

it (see Tight Lacing).

Long trains should not be worn, as they are most effective agents for

sweeping up germs of diphtheria, consumption, etc. Skirts should not be

hung from the waist, but from the shoulders, and should be light in

weight. Tight boots and high heels are both to be condemned.

The practice of wearing mufflers, or any tight wrapping round the neck

region, is injurious and enervating to this part of the body. The

sailor, though exposed to more rough weather than any other class, is

free from throat or chest trouble, and can stand both heat and cold

better than soldiers. Sailors are, indeed, the only sensibly dressed

men in our country. Soldiers, in their tight-fitting tunic and stiff

collars, are the worst. They constantly die of heat and apoplexy, when

farm labourers doing more work are nothing the worse.