THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1940
PAESJTENTURDY, RC 4,14
Men Conscious Of Style And Fabric
In New Spring Suits
To Give Variety, Service
By ROBERT SPECKHARD
Who said that men aren't interest-
ed in fabrics? That may have been
true once but it isn't any more.
A new youthful spirit of change
has crept into suit fashions this year
Even dad has caught the spirit. Men
are style conscious, and they're fab-
ric conscious too. Instead of just
wearing "suits" men are demanding
suits in new fabrics and styles which
to face the brisk spring air.
This spring they're going to. for-
sake that old winter garment for
handsome tweeds, long-wearing
sharkskins, snappy flannels, and
ever-popular gabardines. These new-
est fabrics are tailored in almost any
model, including double- and single-
breasteds and sport backs. Herring-
bones, overplaids, rich diagonals, and
stripes in a variety of colors offer
men unsurpassed opportunity of
The sharkskins should be of special
appeal to the men who demand re-
freshing variety and serviceability.
Not only is the material particularly
attractive for spring wear, but the
fabric is long-wearing, a feature that
cannot be ever-looked. The shark'-
skins are found in a variety of striped
patterns and over-plaids. The single-
breasted models are the style this
spring, but any of the patterns look
well in the double-breasted models as
Flannels can well receive the sup-
port of their admirers again this
spring. The latest note is lhe single-
breasted, drape, three-button coat in
straight back. Flannels provide smart
looking suits for casual wear. The
light tans and grays will probably be
most popular this spring.
The epitome of conservative smart-
ness in spring suit-wear this year will
be tweeds. They have that debonair
attractiveness which always accom-
panies the "dash of the English." A
loosely woven fabric, tweed assures
the wearer of maximum suit com-
fort. So if you intend to become in-
ebriited by the spring air or other
things that spring engenders you
better wear a tweed for freedom's
sake. A herringbone will set you off
in grand style but any model tweed
is guaranteed to make that girl who
sits next to you in psych lecture take
due notice. Single-breasted of course.
New trends in suit fabrics are the
"twisted" materials. If you harmon-
ize the color of your suit with tfr ,
rest of your accessories you can really
make good use of a suit of twisted
material, for they're noted for their
durability. You'll never have occa-
sion to be called "Sloppy Joe" when
wearing trousers of this twisted fab-
ric, for it has a tireless ability to
hold a crease. Then too it helps to
cut down on the weekly pressing bill.
Furthermore these twist fabrics are
going to be known for their smart-
ness because they're tailored in sport
backs. An all-campus buy for the
independent or fraternity man if
there ever was one.
But the virtues of gabardines have
not yet been extolled. For late spring
when one suffers from the heat of
approaching exams and summer sea-
son, a medium-weight or light-
weight gabardine will successfully
solve the problem. The outstanding
feature of the gabardine is the same
that is holding sway throughout the
entire sartorial world this season-
practicability. Gabardine will hold
its shape and cut much better, and
last longer than any fabric yet used.
For dresswear the most popular mod-
els include double- and singlebreast-
eds and sport backs in plain colors of
gray, brown, blue and green. These
same colors in faint patterns also
make for distinctive appearance.
For formal wear, the gabardine
jacket has ousted the traditional
linen as the topnotch spring formal
jacket. The effects of this radical
change will no doubt be felt in
The hookless slide fastener has
been endorsed as a trouser closure by
leading custom tailors throughout the
country, and now the bulk of tailor-
made suits are equipped with this
For, in addition to saving time and
eliminating embarrassment of broken
or lost buttons, the hookless fastened
trouser has a far better appearance
than the old-fashioned vaiiety, tail-
Spring Ties Are Blossoming Out
In Brilliant Colors And Patterns
Spring is on the way! Can those
bright, colorful arrays of spring and
summer ties be far behind?
Of course they can't! And a trip
to any one of the numerous tie dis-s
plays in town will show that they're
already "in the van."
Brilliant color and variety of pat-
tern is "in" this Spring. Staid mil-
itary stripes have blossomed out in
bolder hues; "outlandish" colors and
patterns of yesteryear are more than
outdoing themselves in today's styles;
even the usually conservative foulard
is appearing in brighter colors and comes to worst, you can aways give
more varied patterns. him an order on one of the campus
shops and let him pick out his own
Knit Ties The Rage neckwear.
Knitted ties are continuing their ___________
forages in the neckwear field. With Newe
blue, green, maroon and othe: solid Belts Rel e
shades standing out particularly, Prs
these ties are becoming more and Pressure On Torso
more popular in smart shops every-
where. Because of the ever-growing Belts for spring wear this year
popularity of the knitted tie, because have been designed with a view to
of the near impossibility of tieing a give reef de eworn me
small knot with a knitted tie, larger give relief to the belt-worn male
knots are being worn by an increas- torse.
ingly larger buying public. The braided belt with a turned
The foulard still retains its top cylinder clip at the sides is made'
rank in the neckwear ie, being especially for greater snugness and
available in many shades and pat- comfort. As an added feature, there
terns. This tie is very easily formed is a buckle spring construction in a
into a neat, tight knot.
Wool challis, coming in hunting one-line and double spring hidden be-
colors and more conservative motifs, hind the buckle to make it more flex-
are destined to be very popular this ible.
season. They do not wrinkle easily, Two-tone belts, such as pigskin
and they come in tastefully patterns trimmed with brown calf, are expect-
and colors. . ed to be in great favor this spring and
Tie Practical summer. For lightweight wear, belts
If it's a gift you're worried aboutof Palm Beach cloth, Bermuda cloth,
a tie is still the most practical solu- Congo cloth and other tropical fab-
tion to your problem. Barring color- rics should be in vogue.
blindness, anyone can easily select Some of the novelty belts that have
an appropriate tie for the person or been designed are of woven Lastex
occasion concerned. Every color, pat- in colorful club stripings, and leather
tern and style of neckwear imagin- or twine with colored serts. An-
able is available this season. other model that is being shown
A tie-giver should take extreme mainly in the larger cities is a com-
care in selecting colors in ties. The bination belt-pouch, serving the
prospective giver, (and, the ladies double function of belt and pocket-
should here take special note), should book.
pay particular attention to the color
of clothes generally worn by the
prospective recipient, and should
choose the tie accordingly. Direct
contrasts or perfect blends are ap-
It's wise, though, to steer clear of
too extreme colors and patterns uU-
less you are well acquainted with the
tastes of the genteman to whom you
intend to give the ties. And if worst
To Be Popular
In New Coats
Covert, that smooth and light wools
fabric which looks English and
climbed to such heights of populariy'
last year, will again come through
this Spring and local haberdasheries I
are already laying new stocks.
Although covert is swell for suits.
it goes a long way as a sports jacket,
with odd trousers and sacks. Shet- I
ands will probably keep in the run-j
ning, and camel hair is an old stand-1
by. The new jackets are long-31
inches-and are draped down in the3
English fashion, with extra notch
lapels. Popular coats wil Inot have
any -pleats but will have the vent in,
the back, a necessity because of the
Under the jackets, sweaters are the
thing. The "V" neck is most popu-;
lar, with bi-colored material attain-
ing new favor. Best in this field is,
light wool with contrasting border,
and main body colors.
The weather man says this sum-
mer will be exceptionally warm and
long, with an early Spring. So the
jackets will be out very soon now.
In Rolling Cuffs
All men's suits carry buttons on the
sleeves, suits for the country having
three buttons, and town suits having
four buttons on each sleeve. Most of
these,however, have merely a line of
stitching and will not open.
Smart custom tailors frequently
make the buttonholes workable, and
in addition to adding an individual
touch to the suit, they permit a man
to roll back his cuffs if he is de-
sirous of washing his hands or of
doing any sort of light work that
might soil his cuffs.
Beer - Jackets And Bush Coats
profound carelessness of the Buttons and zippers have pretty
acket and bush coat has been well disappeared this spring. Usually
oned by young moderns for the all that can be seen of the sweater
is the close V neck. This cut sets off
form-fitting sweater-under- loud ties and yet gives them a solemn
-jacet aranemen. Its aenough background to be appreciated
prim sort of looking outfit that s legitimate articles of apparel.
as well with a pipe and spring Practically the sweater and sport
s as with faculty conferences
duebooks. jacket arrangement is more than sat-
isfactory. It keeps the biting Spring
e sweaters are conservative mon- winds away without bundling up the
s for the most part, ranging in wearer in his winter blankets.
from the traditional blues and
s to the dusty tans and grays. T
* the drape of a tweed jacket U werwearProblem
look formal enough to allowIsS lB
earing of a stiff collar and ben-
yet they're flaunting enough to
off the broadest chest. When the birds are singing, the
olen materials tend toward be- trees are budding, there's spring in
ig lighter, this probably to pre- your step, and, even in Ann Arbor,
the necessity of packing the the warm sunis beating down en the
ered arms into a coat sleeve.
fold has almost entirely dis- green grass and the little crocuses
red, giving way to the gathered (or is it 'croci'?) are showing their
which holds the garment close pastel-hued heads, it's time to turn
e waist and hides a good deal those red flannels Aunt Burgatroyd
-food paunch. gave you for Christmas over to the
ert cloths are being used more Salvation Army and jump ito a
than ever before for the sweat- pair of summerweight underwear;
heir light weight and durability The summer underwear, of course,
actors which make them well will be of the lightest possible rayon,
I to the rigors of quick changes cotton and, if you like the acme of
rolonged strains. comfort, silk.
Neat, Trim Sweaters Replace
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country-clubs and dance halls thru-
out the nation. Broad notchless
lapels, wide shoulders, plain back,
and narrow bottom will be the pre-
dominant cut, but others will pass
the censors. With your white gabar-
dine coat you can wear your regular
winter trousers. And here is a tip
to the boy who wants to be outstand-
ing on the spring dance floors this
year. If you haven't got your ma-
roon summerbund yet, get one. The
slight touch of color lends immeasur-
ably to your entire outfit, and the
maroon stud to go with it will be
just too, too subtle.
S ie Distc tifon!
Like coronets of earlier days, DOBBS Hats lend
distinction to everything you wear.
Your friends, your acquaintances-yes, and
strangers, too, will mentally note your good
taste, your preference for "fine qualtiy" as well
as "style-smartness" when they see a DOBBS
label in your hat.
Rich, lustrous felt; patient handicraft un-
matched for its skill, plus smart authentic styl-
ing, are the qualities that make for "Style -
Distinction" in DOBBS Hats.
$5.00 - $7.50 $10.00
if . :
In Spring - It's the Custom -
Yountg ment's fancy trns
At Ease! an accurate
statement for Saffell & Bush
-whether you come in for
the smallest article or a com-
plete wardrobe, - you will
always receive the same
featuring new style.
$2. to $3.
THAT SELF-SATISFIED LOOK on Bill Undergraduate's face isn't
conceit - there's plenty of reason for it. His new Spring suit
is tailored from Tinker's varied and unusually fine selection of
new Spring woolens.
FORTY-FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE in Tailoring garments for
University men and their friends is Bill's guarantee of absolute
shoes for the particular man.
$8.50 and up. Others $5.-$7.
Foulard ties of the soft spring
shades in English madder
$1. to $1.50
Ask the Alani Who Wears One
Let SAFFELL & BUSH. dress you this Spring
with style authority, and complete satisfaction.