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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1940

THE MICHIGAN D ATLY

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Expectations Of Dancing Vacation Evenings
Puts Formal Gowns And Wraps In Limelight;

Gown Choice
Is Dependent
Upon Functions
By JEAN GILMERM
In selecting a formal, you must
first consider when and where you
will wear your new dress. Naturally,
your choice will depend on whether
you are going to a country club dance,
to dinner and the theatre, or perhaps
are planning an exhaustive round of
your local night clubs from the white
tie ones to the noisy haunts of swing
lovers.
Your second consideration must be
the kind of effect you desire to create.
You may wish to look angelic and
ethereal in delicate pastel chiffon or
tulle, assuring yourself of admira-
tion as you waltz with an attentive
partner. On the other hand, you may
wish to appear sophisticated and gla-
morous in crepe or satin, standing out
in the crowd by wearing a color with
confirmed stagline appeal: red, white
or black. Whichever your mood, yogi
will undoubtedly find a formal to
fit your demands and your father's
purse.
For New Year's Eve
For the important New Year's Eve
ball, when you want to look your love-
liest, you might decide on a dress of
sheer marquisette, with a willowy
skirt and a bodice, both daring be-
cause of its low decollete edged in
silver braid, and .demure because of
its full sleeves, tightly banded at the,
wrists.
A different dress is the one with
a full net skirt and a moulded bodice
of elastic satin. To look romantic,
choose a gown of pale pink taffeta
with a scalloped, off-the-shoulder
neckline.
For night-clubbing, follow the pre-
vailing trend toward the covered-up
effect by selecting a long-sleeved,
high-necked dress, which would also
be perfect for dinner dances.
Jacket Dress All-Purpose
The solution, of course, for getting
one dress to wear for several different
types of occasions, is the jacket dress..
Wear the dress sans jacket for very
formal affairs, and get extra contrast-
ing jackets of lame or sequins for
variety.
One gown of waltz blue taffata
that is made for strictly formal oc-
casions, can be completely trans-
formed into a charming dinner dress,
by donning a matching jacket with
long sleeves, and a high neck. It is
trimmed with metallic braid, running
horizontally in a scroll design across
the body and vertically up the sleeves.
In regard to general lines, formals
have not changed much this year, so
for originality, pick something in an
unusual color such as an orange chif-
fons, or with novel trimming

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Color Spices,
Formal Wraps
Dramatically
By FRANCES GOLDBERG
The world of fashion has been re-
v lutionized. Now there is color and
drama in evening wraps. Christmas
party-goers and prom-trotters will
doff the classic black velvet for more
spectacular envelopers of feminity.
Colors'd wocls have taken the lead
in the fa hion parade. Brilliant reds
in the long fitted princess style make
d=zzling wraps when trimmed with
bits of mink and even leopard fur,
jewelled pockets or sequins splashing
over the'bodice to form intricate pat-
terns.
White wool coats with gold kid ap-
plique are real aristocrats in the so-.
ciety of evening wraps (as well as
providers of warmth.)
M'litary Styles Adapted
The graceful lines of the military
or bandman's coat has been adapt-
ed for women's attire. Shiny but-
tons marching in double file up the
front of the coat and the minute
flared cape effectively adorn this
trim outfit, and when it is in a
shocking kelly green or navy blue and
lipstick red all take notice.
Great coats of natural camel's hair
are no longer confined to wear over
skirts and sweaters. The most sophis-
ticated gowns are being encased in
long fitted coats of this soft fabric.
A clever variation of black velvet
and bunny is the two-timing ensemble
which has a bunny jacket that may
or may not be worn with a huge
sweeping detachable skirt fastening
at the waist.
Oriental Influence Shown
We borrow from the Eastern world
a slinky Mandarin knee length coat
of red or delicate pastels to dramat-
ically offset any formal. This collar-
less wrap is of fine wool slit up the
sides in oriental manner with bur-
nished metallic cloth or vivid bead-
ing to cut its severity.
Stately as a queen and delightfully
warm will be the wearer of a stun-
ning full length niilitary cape of white
curled lamb's wool whose tremendous
braided frog matches the exciting red
lining exposed by wintry winds. The
same theme in elaborate white velvet
and scarlet satin with fastener of
colored brilliants is a more regal ver-
sion of the formal cape.
Steal Many Characteristics

Education? It
It Aids In Choice
Of Date Dress
By JEANNE CRUMP
With a weather eye for coming hol-
iday festivities, pick a date dress that
will show the world, and particularly
the home town, what an education
can do.
The dress might be low waisted. and
made of silk crepe in contrasting col-
or. With black as an offset, either
the skirt or top is of fireman's red
or bright green. Gold is the best
medium for accessories to such a so-
phisticated dress.
For those who like the low waisted
idea, but find a dressy wool the back-
bone of a feminine wardrobe, it's
very adaptible to this material. A
plaid one shows the contrast by
changing the direction of the plaid
at the waist line. Another has piping
around the plain, round neckline and
elbow length sleeves, and accenting
the long torso.
Jerkins will cast color and the
newest bright spot of the mid-winter
season for those who want something
practical. They're wonderful things
with which you dress up a familiar
black dress or buy with the intentionR
of variation. Although plain ones are
often worn for casual affairs, beaded
or gilt ones make for a dressier at-
mosphere. The most interesting flow-
er or novelty patterns can be traced
over jerkins.
Leaves are the newest thing to dec-
orate all articles of clothing. On a,
black dress, they curl over like real'
ones do to reveal rhinestone under-
neath. Silver ones show up to full
value on red and pink, while gold
leaves are attracted to green gowns.
Draping and velveteen strike up as
this year's acquisitions, and can com-
bine to make an attractive dress for
dancing. The heavy skirt finds its
fullness, not from the pencil slim
sides, but from the deep front and
back swishes.
Christmas Cards
May Be Personal
Have you selected your Christmas
cards yet? Show your individuality
this season with greetings that "catch
the eye." One of the most original
cards received in the first mail of the
deluge of unsealed envelopes that are
so popular this month was a photo-
graph of the sender pasted on the
outside of the card.
Photographed with her scottie dog
against the winter background of her
home, the friend wrote a personal
message on the inside of the folder in-
stead of the usual impersonal printed
greeting.

careful Selection Of Books
As Gifts Will Be Appreciated

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dep lclup entirely U[pon

the choice. If your d ; at a
book is a book is another ift off
your list,.you :night better -pend your
money on some handkc chief,
But if you select a bock wit1,care
and consideration of the tastes and
possessions of the recipient, your gift
will be one which will be long cher-
ished and a credit to your discrimina-
tion. Just as you are judged by the
books which you read. so will you be
jidged by those you give..
Best-Sellers Difficult Choi es
Of all types of books, best-sellers
are probably the most diffiult to
select unless you are up to date on
the library of the person of your
2hcice. But if you are sure that you
will not be duplicating, why not select
one of these books. generally accred-
ited to be the best of the year. Hem-
ingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
is on top of the list and apparently on1
the way to becoming one of the finest
American novels of all time. Thomas
Wolfe's "You Can't Go Home Again"
is another of the bett'r books, as is;
"The Beloved Returns" by Thomas
Mann, "The Heart Is the Lonely
hunter" by Carson McCuller, "Count<
Ten" by Hans Otto Storm and "The
Pilgrim Hawk" by Glcnway Westcott7
--to name but a few.
Christmas time always brings its
crop of "luxury" editions of some of
the bast books of all time. These are
always beautiful gifts, especially for
your friends who cherish fine books

By FRANCES E
There can be n
t'iought fui than a book, nt oeso

in fine bindings. "Leaves of Grass"
with illustrations by Rockwell Kent
m s. Oxford Urive:'sity Pres has
an edition of Homer's "Odyssey"
Swich" would be a comnpliment to any-
one's taste. New Directions has tlhe
"Book of Ecclesiastes" - very appro-
priate as a Christmas gift.
Works Of One Poet Preferred
If you are going to give a volume of
poetry. why not show your delicacy
of taste by giving a slim volume of
the works of one poet. rather than a
e and cumbersome anthology.
re. again of course, the tastes of
t-o you are considering must
'c ca clly considered. For some
on. people do not have the tolera-
toward the works of poets whom
yinesely dislike that they may
Se toward a novel by any but their
~avorine author.
At tistic friends will be the easiest
to please these days when more and
more beautiful collections of prints
of all the greatest artists are being
published. Thomas Craven has sev-
eral priceless books on the market.
Oxford University Press has added
t) its sries of books on the great
artists, two composed of Michael An-
gelo's works -- one of sculpture and
the other of his paintings. For art
students, The University of Chicago's
"Understanding Picasso" will be a
most acceptable present. The "U.S.
Camera Annual" in two volumes is
ideal for candid camera fiends.
This list is only a fragment of the
line selections of new books and new
?diIum of cld books from which you
may choose.

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Forma I Gowns Ca I I
For Formal Hair-Do's
In getting ready for those formal
dances during the Christmas holi-
days, you should give very special
attention to your hair. No matter how
dazzling your gown, it won't create
the proper effect unless your hair is
carefully arranged.
The trend is still for "up-sweeps,"
but this year the style is often modi-
fied so that the front of the hair
is brushed up and back, while the rest
is left in soft fluffy curls. Curls are
being worn on top of the head with
this style too. Though our hair should
look as though it was fixed with more
pains than for everyday wear, it
should still look natural rather than
stiff and set.

Heavy J ewe Is
Not Necessary
By GRACE MILLER

Xma4s ...
You will look your nicest
in one of our individual-
ized hats by ROBERTS
when you step off the train
to greet the folks back
home. We have a com-
plete assortment of hats
of all kinds and with all
price ranges dedicated to
suit YOU.

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