Having completed your study of clothing up to this point, you will be aware of the many problems in connection with one's clothing. To solve the following problems correctly will require the knowledge you gained not only from this chapter but from previous chapters. The manner in which you answer these questions will show your ability to use the information that you have acquired.
1. Should a girl who is apportioning the money in her clothing budget, plan to spend the same amount of money for her party dress and for her school dress? Should she spend the larger amount for her school dress or should she spend the larger amount for the party dress? In answering this problem you will perhaps be able to think of arguments for each side.
2. Of the clothing that you are wearing today has any one article proved to be an especially wise or unwise purchase? Give your reasons according to points that have been suggested in this and previous chapters.
3. It is sometimes a debatable question as to how the money for clothing should be apportioned between different members in the family. In this case much more money was spent for the clothing of the daughter than for that of the mother. The daughter' attended a high school and went to frequent social affairs. The family agreed that she should be well dressed. Her mother seemed to be contented to stay at home and consequently needed less money for clothing. Do you think that it was fair in this case for the mother to have less money for clothing than the daughter?
4. In the case of a family where the income is $2500 and 15 per cent. of it is spent for clothing, how do you think the money should be divided among the father, mother, the girl who is four years old, the twins who are six years old, the boy who is ten years old and the girl who is twelve years old?
5. Give an instance that you think illustrates the fact that it is sometimes not wise to remodel clothing. Give an illustration which shows when it is advisable to remodel clothing.
6. Select one of the ten points to be considered in the purchase of clothing and tell how you have applied it or failed to apply it in some particular instance.
1. Economics of the Family. C. W. Taber and Ruth A. Wardall.
J. B. Lippincott Company, Chs. I, II, III, XV.
2. Principles of Clothing Selection. Helen G. Buttrick. The Macmillan Company, Ch. XIII, pp. 162-176.
3. Spending the Family Income. S. Agnes Donham. Little, Brown and Company, Ch. XII, pp. 109-119.
4. Clothing; Choice, Care, Cost. Mary S. Woolman. J. B. Lippincott
Company, Ch. X, pp. 144-172.
5. Successful Family Life on the Moderate Income. Mary Hinman
Abel. Chs. XIII, XIV.