Legate of Mineta Posted March 23 Report Share Posted March 23 Rhi; "In the rural South, it would definitely be a noteworthy and scandalous thing, yes - especially if it was clearly a fashion choice, and not just old clothes falling apart. (There's a category of humor about people so poor that their shirt sleeves fall off and suddenly some stupid foreigner shows up and mistakes them for viziers.)In Mineta itself, though, vests actually aren't uncommon - particularly among certain relatively rarefied art circles. The pricey ones are generally made from pieces of fabric left over from the creation of expensive coats - stuff that tailors might otherwise have tossed out or sold for a couple of pims to blanket-makers or rag sellers. In "half-coat" form, they've got the decadence of the fabric but also a kind of jaunty irreverence.(The less affluent classes find that kind of thing less amusing, even in arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the world.)So maybe the real answer is: they're a taboo among, like, the Chards, just because they're tainted by association with pretentious tradesmen. And Luti Jaconelli's family would probably beat you up if you wandered into their neighborhood wearing a vest and didn't have the obvious power to keep yourself out of trouble. But I bet you Caspar Pfeuffer will have bought at least one by the time he's a third year, and nobody who knows him will be particularly put out." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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