Jacket pockets are safe repositories for wallet and keys. The alternative male handbag is too un-British. Then, a jacket obscures and flatters both corpulent and skinny bodies. Likewise, a collar and tie enhances the appearance and draws the eye of the onlooker away from the deficiencies of a man's figure.
Presumably for this and other reasons many businesses insist that their male staff wear a tie at all times in the office. Meanwhile, their female colleagues can remain cooler and happier in light dresses with low necklines.
JAMES T. WESTLAND
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