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March 11, 1942 - Image 14

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Styles Dictate
Mor.ale Raising
Bright Colors
Ruffles, Drapes Follow NewTrend
In Femininity; Dressmaker
Suits Replace Severe Tailoring.
The underlying rule for spring
fashions is feminity, and don't for-
get it! Forget about incorporating
the military idea into your new out-
fits-the men dislike it. When they
come home on furlough, they don't
want to see their lady-loves looking
like faded replicas of the men they
have been with for the past months.
In keeping with this rule are ruf-
fles which will be found on every type
of dress this season. In fact, the
stylists have gone so far as to put
them on coats. One shirt-waist dress
has a ruffle extending from one
shoulder around to' the other. Spring
coats have ruffles in place of collars.
Another dress has a ruffle down the
front and around the skirt.
Colors For Morale
It is said that bright colors are
good for the morale, and milady is
taking this statement to heart.
Checks and stripes will lead the print
parade. And, by stripes is meant big,
wide ones. More and bigger prints
will be seen in both daytime and eve-
ning dresses. This season prints are
synonymous with colors, and don't
be surprised at the combinations for
they shall not be ordinary.
Side-draped, wrap-around frocks
ire gaining popularity. These fea-
ture slim skirts and bloused bodices.
"Side-swiped" is the common, de-
sexiptive term applied to this style.
Princess gowns have maintained their
status in the spring fashion picture.
They are usually long-waisted with
pleated skirts.
Chemise Comes Back
A "re-do" of the chemise frock is
the belted tube dress. This is cut
full, straight up and down, drawn
in at the waist with a belt. Two-
dresses-in-one are found in the new
apron or overskirt gowns. Featured
in cottons, this style may be found in
date dresses. A checked or striped
dress is covered with a plain apron
or overskirt.' Remove this and you
have another outfit. Slim skirts with
bolero jackets complete the picture
for spring daytime dresses.
Dressmaker suits are taking the
place of sport suits. This, too, is in
keeping with the new law of femin-
inity. Silk dresses with wool jackets
are the rule in this line. Reefer coats,
on the princess line, are often com-
bined with these frocks to make two
outfits out of one.
Process Reversed
The last year's custom of "short for
evenings in, long for evenings out"
has been reversed this season. Eve-
ning dresses are growing definitely
shorter. The new informal dinner
length is midway between ankle and
knee, with an emphasis on full skirts.
The ballet length for dancing dresses,
of Winter '41, has been shortened
slightly. However the design is still
reminiscent of the ballet costume you
wore to dancing school.
Dinner at home, on the other hand,
requires a real evening dress. By real
is meant feminine and long. Make it
pretty, but not overdone, for this
season women are dressing according
to the tastes of men.

Bright Housecoats Speak Of Spring



In Blouses Add
Flare To Suits
Blouses will be colorful and con-
spicuous this spring to accent the
ever-popular light or navy suits. The
tailored short sleeve style and deep
yoke neck add spring pep to solid
color suits and a red and white stripe
brim-up hat to match, completes a
neat outfit.
For the feminine styled suit, choose
blouses with fluffy jabots. They're
gay, attractive and perfect for Gau-
cho neck styles. The jabot blouse is
shown mostly in white and in off
shades of blue to go with the popular
Try Stitched Neckline
If your new suit isn't V-necked, a
high round stitched neckline is a
perfect choice. Stitchings extend
down the center of the blouse in a
wide margin. Lace and tucks are
featured on an additional style for
this type of outfit. Peter Pan collars
outlined in lace and hand stitching,
forming a V design in front add a
bit of femininity.
For campus wear, long sleeved ray-
on silks head the list. Wide and
bold colorful stripes in the simple
tailored style guarantee attention.
They are especially popular with
flannel slacks for spring picnics. Dot-
ted white stripes, with long narrow
collar and adjustable cuffs, is choice
number two.
Add Pique Bow
Remember the narrow striped
chambray with white collar and cuff'
that was found in every coed's ward-
robe last year? This spring some-
thing new has been added; a white
pique bow over a Peter Pan collar.
Jewelled studs and cuff links are
featured on rayon crepe blouses.
Because new blouses add to the
usefulness of a suit and give it new
moods, choose them for strictly tail-
ored wear or adding dressy touches.
Now to the ever popular white class-
ic. These are chosen for tailored
tweeds and bright wools. The shawl
collar is broad and extends low.
Tucks and lines are found in just
the right places. The square shoul-
der line and short sleeve make it
The low V-necked Gaucho collar
remains popular this spring. Long
wide sleeves and the one button
feature are right with it. It's also
super for lounging in the dorm and
for topping slacks.

Alligator SkinI
Heads Parade
Of Handbags
Purses and bags a. e bigger than
-ever this season. Maybe it's a good
thing though, because there's lots of
room for busy women to carry their
Red Cross First Aid booklets and
Saddle leather, and alligators are
probably the most popular of the
purse materials for spring. Kelly
green seems to be a favorite in ac-
cessories, as many different styles
are fashioned in that color. The sad-
die leather bags have a color scale
of their very own. They come in
every possible degree of brown from
light beige to deep luggage tan. These
bags look stunning with shoes of
the same shade, and they're sur-
prisingly easy to match. Many of
the models are completed with sad-
Alligators Top List
The alligators are number one on
the "hit parade" of bags without a
doubt. Every shop shelf is full of
these beautiful, but more than dur-
able pocketbooks. They come in ev-
ery imaginable color. They are
bright reds, wines, shades of brown
and green.
With the new red shoes daring-
ly coming into the fashion parade,
red bags are seen on the racks again
this year. They come in alligator
and smooth, soft leathers. One smart
looking bag has a half-moon lucite
handle. Black patent leather, the
eternal spring bag, is seen with vari-
ations. Some are lined with Kelly
green and others with bright red.
Snakeskin Also Popular
Navy purses are a necessity of any
spring season, but this year they
are playing second-fiddle tosomany
unusual bags. Snakeskin, used with
matching shoes, is a highlight of the
selection. Much of the gray snake-
skin is seen decorating the more med-
ium-priced black felt bags. Like the
alligators, the snakeskins are really
exquisite in red, green and even
Large as the spring bags are, they
are lovely looking, particularly in
the envelope styles. Gathers are
very prevalent, and. gold and plastic
are most popular for handles and
other trimming.

Knitting Kept NeatlyI
With fashion remaining in every
woman's heart in spite of the war,
knitting bags are becoming more and
more streamlined. The latest is
known as a "capsule," a convenient
ai iangement made of rayon faille.
You can cram your yarn in this
red. white and blue kit, sling it over
your arm, and face the public gaze

Why not try scenting your new
little flowver hat with matching col-
ogne this spring? The effect is de-
lightful and unusual, if you don't
mind having butterflies gather about
you as well as men. It's a charming
new way to wear your favorite per-
fume. and your rating as a clever
and ingenious individual will go way
up. You will vie with the first spring
blossoms for fragrance and attrac-

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Spring housecoats are mostly of have been shortened to street length.
light, slimming materials in splashy These are usually styled with full
prints with large spring flowers, skirts and short sleeves. To finish
They'll be washable, too, as popular out the cool, spring evenings terry
demand. has dictated. Cool seersuck-
er will play an important role in this cloth would be practical, or for warm
part of your wardrobe as it's so easy summer evenings perhaps silk or satin
to keep looking fresh and neat. would serve your purpose.
Zipper fronts or wrap-arounds are Stripes Found
still in vogue, but here's a new note Since stripes are new for spring
-short, dress-length models with
long bodice and full skirt that these may also be found in house-
you can use on the beach when sum- coats. One style features grey and
mer comes. . white stripes with a wide, full panel
Short sleeves also take their place of rose down the front. This panel is
as the days grow warmer, but long nipped in at the waist with two strip-
or three-quarter length sleeves are ed ties. Short sleeves, and V-neck-
still popular, especially if they are line complete the design.
loose and full. The style pictured copbines so-
Pockets Useful / phistication with comfort. Black with
Large patch pockets are no more large white. flowers, it satisfies the
useful anywhere than on your house- sophistication requirement. The full
coat where they're so handy for hold- skirt and short sleeves answer the
ing all the miscellaneous things you comfort problem. Small waist,
pick up during a morning, and if you gathered bodice, and puffed sleeves
want to add a personal touch, have flatter milady's petite figure.
a large monogram on the lapel or Remember, women of - Michigan,
collar in a contrasting color, comfort is a prerequisiteq for study,
Following the present wartime rule and nothing is so comfortable as a
of fewer clothes many housecoats well-fitted housecoat.

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And Jow, a versatile casual of lovely Tists-U-Trx
-fine "double-life" felt that is chic, yet not too
dressed-up! You'll like the new note of contrast-
ing edge-stitching on crown . . . the smartly de-
signed band! Black, Brown, Navy, newest colors.

Green will be appropriate for pieces
of your wardrobe this spring as al-
ways. Rich greens, pastel greens,
dark greens, all look fresh and cool
as the budding trees and the new
grass. And green suede purses and
shoes are such rich looking acces-

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