Seasonable Clothing.—Suitable dress is one condition of health. Clothing should be warm, light, and comfortable. Woolen stockings should be worn throughout the winter and early spring, and such boots as will effectually preserve the foot from dampness. Cloth boots, however thick the soles, are unfit for wet weather, as the ankles are sure to get wet, and they remain a long time damp.
The popular notions of a beautiful foot are extremely erroneous. It is thought desirable the foot should be very narrow and tapering at the toe. Now, this is not the form in which feet are made; consequently, the modern boot is calculated to produce deformity. But the foot is not the only part of the frame that we delight to deform. What shall we say to the tight-lacing system and the tortures endured? A noted physician writes: "Even Pharaoh only demanded bricks without straw for a short time; but the fashionable lady asks to live without breathing for many years.''
In the present day, however, so much has been written against the improper use of corsets, that some of the new generation do not wear them at all.
Another common error in dress is to allow a great weight to rest on' the hips. No heavy skirts should be fastened 'about the waist without a body or strap over the shoulders, to throw the weight on. But, indeed, lightness should be as much studied as warmth, in selecting articles of dress. To walk or take other exercise in heavy clothes is to add enormously to the fatigue. Nor must it be forgotten that we catch cold more frequently from exposing our backs than our chests to draughts. The lungs are attached to the spine, and are placed between the shoulders; and, through ignorance of this fact, we protect our chests from cold, but think the shoulders of no consequence. Both parts should be thoroughly shielded.