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Beanie' Can Be
Dressy Date Hat
Or Sport Casual
Although there's still no real com-'
petitor for the .snap brim, Michigan
may see.a little variety in the hats
worn both on and off campus this
The "beanie" hat, those little
round affairs balancing on the back
of your curls, should make a good
showing. Just to touch up the cos-
tume that you're off to school in, it
can match either your dress or your
winter coat. Many will have big
feathers sticking right out of the top,
but others, such as corduroy ones, will
be plain.
Beanies are the answer to the
question of a hat to wear on dates,
for velvet ones with big matching
bows in front are still informal
enough to fit in with Michigan needs,

Umbrellas, Books
Can't BeJudged
Pretty umbrellas are pretty but
they are also pretty hard to manage
on a windy day when one hand
takes care of the rain shedderhand
the other arm is full of books.
There are times, on more dressy
occasions when books aren't neces-
sary, that umbrellas come in very
handy but, as a rule, it proves to be
a juggler's job to manage both books
and umbrella.
These little caps are the perfect
thing to wear if you're following the
pompadour hair-do mode.
Another hat that will go dating
very well is a felt bonnet, but it
should be kept very plain, with no
gadgets to decorate it. Sailor berets,
worn over the eye or on the back of
the head, will do double duty both
on and off campus.


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Major i

Jeal.er An I/er Cap-
New York designers, still admittedly under the influence of Paris
models, continued the traditions of their French colleagues by presenting
early in September their inspirations for our fashion year. There was much
that was giddy and sophisticated and lovely in these first great American
openings, but for our purposes there must be some selection from such
varied styles. Now is the time for us, the college women of America, to
choose from the work of the creators on this side of the ocean what is most
practical and most becoming for campus wear.
Probably the most dominant idea presented in the models of the New
York houses was the new "sheath" silhouette. Many
a fashionable woman will now look as straight and
,9 3slim as the stem of a wine glass, so what is many a
fashionable coed going to do about it? There's a lot
she can use in this idea, but too, there is much that
should be discarded.
Coeds Need Striding Space .. .
Betty Coed needs lots of striding space in the
skirts in which she walks to classes. Her date dresses must not be so bind-
ing that she can't dance in them. And last of all, evening dresses that are
straight look a lot more formal, which isn't the keynote that is struck at
Michigan, and are a lot less free for twirling at J-Hop or the Union formal.
That's a lot of objection for just one style, but you may be sure that there
are two sides to this controversy.
First of all, the straight and narrow effect can be retained in a really
un-sheath-like sports skirt. Single pleats on the side is one way of doing
it. Another is with two inverted pleats, one in back and
one in front. Formal gowns are another chance to do a
bit of cheating and look slim as a wisp of bamboo. Front
fullness leaves the side of the skirt falling in a straight
line from the hips. For that matter, all kinds of billows
when walking and dancing can be hidden in a skirt that
fits as closely as a scabbard to a sword when standing
Rack Swish Makes Fashion News
The "back swish" is one new item that slenderizes
and fits in with all types of outfits. Date dresses are,
however, one chance to just have a straight skirt without
concealed fullness. You might as well have one dress that
just won't be for dancing, and at the same time have the.
satisfaction of being in high style. Black adapts itself
especially well to the narrow silhouette. Such a frock,
which gives a very sophisticated appearance, is best set
off by a bright clip or pin.
Another news item on the subject of style is an even greater use of
brown than in other years. Of the bright colors, red will be
# /;a keynoter. To enliven formal gowns, there will be a great
;many beads. These are splashed on jackets and skirts in
the form of flowers or other gay patterns. Such a display
of color should show up nicely on the dance floors here at
Michigan. Evening dresses will also have lots of draping,
but this is less adaptable to unpretentious collegiate formals,
although it may have possibilities.
Draped Lines Should Be Quiet ...
Afternoon dresses also are often draped by the hands of
American stylists. There is one way that this could fit in
with a college wardrobe. New "hip emphasis" can be gained
in this way if the drapes .are not too extreme. So, you see, practically every
note struck by the higher-ups of fashion can sound a faint ring in our ears.
very up-to-date.
This column, once launched, will continue to be featured on this page
every Thursday. Along with general notes on fashion and its application
to campus life, Feather In Her Cap will publish each week a description and
picture of the costume which particularly caught its particular eye,

New Prontos
Are Substitute
In Sport Shoe
Open Toes Are Reserved
For Dressy Occasions;
Bright Colors Are New
Betty Coed is keeping her feet;
warm this season with closed toes.,
No more will she suffer from thatt
familiar numb feeling that strikes1
below her instep at the most excit-
ing point in the game at the stadi-
Madame Fashion decrees that all
sports and spectator styles shall be
minus no leather at the end of the
"big toe". For date wear, however.
the rule relaxes and open toes still
Prontos Are New
Newest substitutes for the eternal
saddle beloved by every college wo-
man are the flexible Prontos. Made
in mocassin style with heavy hand
stitching, they are fashioned of soft
leather which molds to the foot.
Small leather heels and hard soles
complete the shoe.
At last individuality has an op-
portunity to appear in the civilized
custom of wearing foot protection.
Costume styles in colorful autumn
shades may be obtained in unusual
varieties in supple leather or suede.
There is the square-toed, chunky
style trimmed with Indian fringe to
appeal to the outdoor type. Another
saucier play shoe is the stylewhich
boasts a thick sole of contrasting
hue. Fashioned in smooth leather,
the shoe is of a warm green while
the inch sole breaks into a brilliant
Rain Shoes Are Practical
To be conventional in Ann Arbor
fashion, (freshmen, please note!),
it is always appropriate to conclude
with a word about the weather. And
the word about the weathter includes
mention of Ann Arbor rain. Not
daring to be unconventional, there-
fore, it is well to remark that no
longer need we fear the wet diagonal
simply because we do not wish to
forego the pleasure of wearing our

Formals are covering up more and
more, with sleeves getting longer
and longer, and necklines higher
and higher.
Since this campus has never ad-
vocated extreme formality for eve-
ning wear, fashionable Ann Arbor-
ites may continueto wear their tra-
dit ional modified versions while
dan ing in high style. The new pop-
ularity of beading is causing much
of this cover-up style for bead pat-
terns to show up most attractively
on tight, long-sleeved jackets. Bead
patterns also accent round necklines,
bodices or the skirts of heavy silk
Short-skirted versions of many
evening dresses will look most appro-
priate"at tea dances, for every type
of dress is being mimicked for formal

Beads Brighteni Formal Gowns

occasions. Striped silk classics or
long-sleeved black dresses that were
worn in the daytime have let down
their hems till they touched the
floor, and are now the latest thing.
A moderate amount of draping
will modernize this winter's formal
frock. One lovely grey velveteen has
draped bosom and sleeves, draped
niip pockets and a swirling skirt. A
close-fitting medium blue crepe has
light blue drapings over the shoul-
ders and around the waist.
Not much jewelry is being worn
by the models who exhibit evening
clothes, except gadgets for the hair.
Metal bows, sprinkled with sequins,
and crisp white lace flowers set off
the long collegiate bob.
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