Jane's blouse and bermuda shorts constitute a suburban summer uniform. White Keds and bobby sox can (and should) be worn with almost anything. In winter the bermudas would turn into slacks, with the possible addition of a sweater.
Snavely wears a white T-shirt and jeans almost every day. The young Marlon Brando's influence can be seen here. Or James Dean. Inarticulate, inexpressive, tough, simple. During the school year he'd nod toward dress-up to the extent that he'd be likely to don a colored shirt (not replacing the T-shirt, but over it).
Note the careful rolling of shirt sleeves and pants cuffs. To omit these touches of chic would be tantamount to a booger hanging out of one's nostril.
White Keds are a recent innovation in masculine footware. The first time Snavely saw a guy wearing Keds it was Jim Halliday, and Snavely thought it looked unbelievably queer. Keds were girls' shoes! But he quickly realized that they had become suddenly the height of the summer style for boys. He hurried to buy a pair. It was a mystery to him, the unpredictable bounces fashion could take. How the hell did Halliday know Keds were now cool for boys? You had to be constantly on guard.
In retrospect, it was doubtless a result of "beat" fashion coming through the media into the mainstream. Boys wearing white Keds could be seen as a feminization of male fashion, a small step away from heavy boots and brogans, the "manly" footwear of cowboy, workingman, and businessman. Snavely was right to be bewildered - the move toward androgeny was not yet conscious in middle America, but it was well under way.
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