Util­ity, not aus­ter­ity

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Steven Poole (Re­view, 3 Novem­ber) writes of “aus­ter­ity” cloth­ing dur­ing the sec­ond world war. My wife and I re­mem­ber the phrase be­ing “util­ity” cloth­ing, which was de­noted by a spe­cial la­bel. Per­haps to the up­per classes it felt like aus­ter­ity, whereas to us and our fam­i­lies it was what would now be de­scribed as just about “fit for pur­pose” or “ser­vice­able”. Ralph Gor­don

Rom­ford, Lon­don

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