On the Kennedys, such fashion was a “style of dress that might best be described as both aristocratic and democratic,” a mix Givhan regrets is “virtually impossible today, at least on the political stage.”

But when Roberts’ son Jack wore an “ensemble that calls to mind John F. “John-John” Kennedy Jr.,” Givhan declared it “not classic” but “old-fashioned. These clothes are Old World, old money and a cut above the light-up/shoe-buying hoi polloi.”

The verdict, on the Kennedys: “The modern fashion industry has argued that clothes can make a man look rich. Those images of the Kennedys recall the days when it was assumed that a man did that for his clothes.”


The verdict, on the Roberts family: “In their attire, there was nothing too informal; there was nothing immodest. There was only the feeling that, in the desire to be appropriate and respectful of history, the children had been costumed in it.”