John F. Kennedy brought a youthful style to the presidency


Mon, Mar 4, 2013 - 2:18pm -- (View the original Dallas Morning News article.)

Dallas Morning News

When the definitive book on men’s fashion history is at last written, the chapter on John Fitzgerald Kennedy won’t be about what he gave to the cause, it will be about what he took away.

Hats, shoulder pads and socks (at least with loafers) virtually disappeared. So did stiffness, stuffiness and impenetrability. All were casualties — some still are — while the youthful president, who took office in 1961, worked and lived in the cast of an ever-widening public eye, thanks to that suddenly everywhere medium called television.

Myra Walker, director of the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, is quoted.

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