Books: Stripped

MEN CAN TAKE IT—Elizabeth Hawes —Random House ($2).

In her best-selling Fashion Is Spinach, Elizabeth Hawes, petite, snip-witted, 36-year-old Manhattan dress designer, showed a chic hand with the muckrake as well as a sound knowledge of women's clothes. This time she plays Joan of Arc to clothesbound men. Few years ago Elizabeth Hawes discovered that clothes make the man miserable. She designed some collarless, tieless, pressless, lightweight, colorful models. Men nudged, pointed, but did not buy. In Men Can Take It, Miss Hawes relates with bright disgust what was wrong.

First she polled Harvard...

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