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WEflNESDAY, MAROff 24, 1~

Approach of Easter Turns
rhoughts to New Wardrobe

'New Look' Is

'Neat Look'

New French, British Imports
Stress Uh-tra-Feinine /Apprel

With Easter on the threshold,
thoughts once again turn to-.a new
spring outfit, with femininity the
predominating note in clothes.
Capes, long full skirts with a
whisper of ruffled petticoats, and
suits with soft lines are the newest
styles. Capes, either short or long,
are back with flying colors. They
can be worn over everything from
suits to formals.
Coats, in general, are either
short or full-length, completely
covering the hemline. Slim and
tapered long coats, reefers and
princess lines are J definitely
back. Short toppers with flaring
baicks or box jackets are flatter-
lu with either slim or flared
Suits range from the classic
standbys to slim skirts topped by
barrel jackets or boleros. Striped

or bright colored cummerbunds
contrast with the solid color be-
leros. Short basque jackets with
ballerina skirts are still in style.
The majority of new spring
dresses have brief bodices and
long full skirts. The accent is on
tiny waists an flared kis
that swish when you walk.
In addition to traditional navy
which is just as popular as ever
this spring, white is the dominant
shade. White hats, touches of
white on dresses and suits and
coats in off-white are fashion
keynotes. Strong colors - tur-
quoise, tangerine and persimmon,.
add a spark of color to the usual
spring pastels.
Designers have planned ti rogh
lines, length and color to make
the spring silhouette, more femi-
nine and appealing.

Th mri r madness of the
since its adven in thisrcountryve
Th ccentricity ofg th s de
made the average woman look lost,
droopy in the voluminous material
of the garments she wore, and
aW(( beidered males to gasp or
sereach time a "now silhouette"
Advent of 'Neat Look'
The "new look" of the present
as been modified considerably
since ifs inception. Its present fea-
tures are those which will flatter
the average woman whose figure
dioes not, boast Venus' dimentions.
Its prime virtue is neatness, so
essential to femininity.
Spring fashions show many
signs o>f this nevw "neat look."
Skirts have long, soft lines, wheth-
er thevy be st raighit and fitted or
flared and flowing. New suits utii-

i/u Iihe sikirt st ys miu( tnld il us
brief basque jackets and bhose of
classic design. Their lines are
smooth and graceful.
'Sloppy Look' Vetoed
Dresses, plain and print, one
piece or two, are patterned simply
to give the utmost feminine ap-
pea Tihey feature ful skirts.
cinched bodices, gay pastel hues
and interesting necklines. Perky
cotton blouses are fast replacing
the "sloppy look" so long associ-
ated with the wearing of the
Little girl shirtwaists and gay
nineties creations are favorites be-'
cause of their bibbed fronts, eye-
let and lace trimmings and petite
puffed sleeves. They are fash-
ioned in sheer and heavier cottons
andi are in plain white or bright
stripes and plaids. Worn at school
or for dress these blouses prove a
pleasing result of the "new look."

lhair styles have been very fa-
vorably affected by the current
changes in fashion. The smooth
clipped coifs have gained definite
approval, especially from hat de-
signers who emphasize the fact
that almost any type of hat may
be worn with the short hair do's-.
The new style trends decidedly
indicate that feminity is return-
ing. Instead of hiding the gentle
contours of their shoulders be-
neath heavy, mannish shoulder
pads and covering the waist with
shapeless jackets and sweaters, the
fair sex is wisely taking advantage
of the fashions offered by the new
'neat look."
There will be a meeting for
the activities chairmen of ail
women's residences at 5 p.m.
today in the League.




2 >z~'.

In a search for inspiration in
designing the ultra-feminine ap-
parel that is now characteristic
ofthe "new look," French and
the current imort collections
have been leafing through the
history books, particularly those
dealing with the more spectacu-
lar periods in French history.
Some of the new fashions are
reminiscent of the romantic eras
of Dea and Renoir.eBstls
back some of the traditional fem-
inine fripperies. The colors used
are subdued and soft, rangirng
from champagne to greyed-blues.
Hats are swathed with yards of
The more fabulous past of the
French eghtent centur wit
seen in the small, emphasized
waistline and the pleats that
are everywhere even in Britain's
traditional tweeds. Along with
a growing interest in small
waistlines is a trend toward tre-
mendous skirt initerest. Full-
ness falls from the hip with
tiers, tunics and back-dipping
"JosephIne" evening dresses
with high waistlines and the Di-
rectoire coats and suits with flar-
ing skirts are additional examples
of the tendency of the current
fashions to ape fashions 01' last
Besides resorting to history
books, some of the prominent
Parisian fashion dictators have
started a movement back to
nature for inspiration for some
of the most graceful silhouettes
to be seen in many a year. For
examples of this you need only
to look at Lelong's "Cascade"'
h r' "E nv o " T h e oa l d e m
broideries at Dior and Griffe are
added proof of this movement.
The changes in the current crop
of fashions are ones of modera-
tion. The silhouette is still basi-
cally the same; natural shoulders,
smaller waistlines and longer
skirts are featured in practically
every designers collection. There
is less padding and roundness is
more natural. Pleats, boxed, ac-
cordian, unpressed, knife, sunray,
inverted and shell, can be found
everywhere to give slimness in re-
pose and grace in action. More
of the fullness is restrained by
artful use of belts and broken
lines. Skirt lengths vary from
twelve inches for sports to eight
inches for afternoon. Late after-
noon and dinner lengths vary,
'but are consistent in all being
longer than last season. Evening
clothes most often just clear the


Hat Hunting
May Bring
Experts, Designers Claim
Variety of Spring Bonnets
Waiting Feminine Buyers
Ah spring! Bears leave their
caves, groundhogs their holes the
swallows, Capistrano and women
begin their perennial quest-for
a new hat.
"Anatole's" latest may not be
had for milady at the local mill-
iners but American designers have
put their heads together this year
to offer the "chapeau" buyers a
wide assortment of "lids" for all
shades of femninine taste.
For straw enthusiasts the
stock includes the ever popular
naturals in almost any shape
desired. Again this spring the
weave is the thing. The growing
favorite among the coed crowd
is the smooth straw cloth weave
which is so light that "you don't
know you are wearing one."
National hat experts and local
milliners agree that this year
bareheadedness Is out of the ques-
tion. The recent surge towards
feminiity demands the hat to
complete a "new look" wardrobe.
As long as the head Is covered
the shape of the new spring
creation remains an individual
matter. A careful search
through the local shops will dis-
close an extensive assortment of
hats. If the customer's hat
problem still remains unsolved
there are a few local merchants
who will actually "dream up" a
hat style for the unsatisfied.
Following the current Gibson
Giltrn i he ne Gibo al
line, which placed the hat, for-
ward on the head, this new fore-
cast shows an off-the-face angle
or right-on -the-back-of-the-head
placement to be fashionable.
The ever prominent consid-
eration in hat buying decisions
is thie hair style For the recent
"pagish" bob and slick "tied
back" styles thie cloche serves Its
purpose of head flattery and at
the same tirne keeps hat height
down. The bonnet shape will
be on hand to, fit 'the "sweet
look" longer coiffure while so-
phisticates cain dabble In a
little side drapery such as the
Watteau hat
The old expression "trim with
a hat" will still hold again -this
spring. With veiling, netting, flow-
ers, feathers and ribbon new hats
look virtually the essence of



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sash, large bow in back and long
bustle are typical of some of the
clothes imported from the new
French and British collections.
WAA Notices
Physical Education-Newt Lok-
en of the Department of Physical
Education for Men will address
the Physical Education Assembly
on 'Teaching Cheerleaders' at 8
a.m. today in Barbour Gym. All
students are invited to attend.
* * *
Archery - Members will shoot
in the Jrltercollegiate Tournament
at 5 p.m. today at the WAB.
* * *
Modern Dance-Regular meet-
ing at 7 .p.m. today in the Dance
Studio of Barbour Gym.
There will be an important
busiessmeeting for all niem-
hers of the tennis club at 5:15
p.m. tomorrow in the WAB
/ bunge'.

spring - a budding affair.


Marcia Ames and Dottie Ann Parker
step into wv4JnderfuI Spring...


look this Easter
Right: Miss MARYE WILSON, also from Martha Cook is wearing a
Weiner Original navy blue suit of lustrous Forstmann Gabardine,
with a fittcd long jacket and a semi-flared skirt. Misses sizes, navy
only, 89.95

Left: Miss FRANCIE CARPENTER of Mariha Cook is wearing the

of the fashion world in her
brown tweed suit, topped by
a matching topcoat. The
versatility of this outn/ is

Box Jacket Suit of wonderful wool worsted ov er a gabardine skirt,

-Daily Photo by Patterson
An Ellen Kayc Original in navy crepe captures the New

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