THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1953
Leather Gifts Favored
By Both Men, W m-n
a~.. .I 9 JIT A :T I;4,
RELIEF FOR THIN WALLETS:
Expenses Reduced by 'Make-it-yourself' Gifts
By J V Y1. bI. AALUA
Leather is a gift on everybody's
Christmas list that's suitable for
both men and women.
Leather accessories are making
fashion news this year, and they
possess the advantage of falling
into the category of gifts that cost
Gloves come in pure-white kid
or pastels lined in contrasting
shades of soft cashmere or silk.
There is a great variety in both
length and design of evening
gloves--white kid trimmed in gold,
sequin and jet beading, or black
kid lighted by huge rhinestones.
A wallet with a gold-embossed
design is a welcome gift, and a'
leather belt can be added to the
Leather jackets, made in varied
styles, make the kind of gift wom-
en really welcome.
A report coming from the tex-
tiles and clothing department at
Michigan State College speaks of
leather as being tough, strong and
very durable. A leather jacket or
a leather coat is light and thin
and insulates very well.
People are cautioned, however,
to look carefully at the construc-
tion before buying a leather gar-1
On the male side of the list,
consideration could be given to
leather luggage and any father
would be well-pleased with a pair
of leather slippers.
For a man who travels or stays
at home, consider giving a leath-
er belt, jacket, gloves or one of
the fancy new leather vests.
Is little sister a problem, or may-
be is a cousin or a niece?
Little girls love party shoes or
a miniature handbag that is just
like mother's. Warmly lined gloves
in fur or wool can be a practical'
To a small boy, leather means a
football, a new baseball mitt or
even a basketball. If he has his
mind on the wide open spaces or
the spaces above and around, he
might like cowboy or space boots.1
Blossoming into color this year,
there are deep reds and blues, soft
beiges, whites and pale pastels as
well as bronze and ebony for wom-
en. Men will find new light colors
are suitable as are the more con-
servative navy blues, light tans
By RITA GEDROVICS any garment, flexible strips of
Lack of money is one of the most leather, plastic or yarn can be
common "diseases" of college life, braided in a number of combina-
and especially around Christmas
time it breaks out into an epidem-
"HOLD STILL!"-In accordance with a campus poll on men's ties,
Sally Fisher, '57, chooses a conservative stripe for Bill Gardner, '56.
Campus Poll Probes Tastes;
Students Prefer Quiet' Ties
By SUE GARFIELD
Michigan men have gone con-
According to a poll on student's
taste in ties, University men favor
"quiet" neckwear over the hand-
painted and silky "foreign-make"
ties popular in past years.
* * *
NUMBER ONE on the varied
list is the popular silk "rep" tie,
sometimes known as the "Old
Timer," followed by stripes, dark,
solids, knitted and small prints.
Solids witha single design and
monogramed ties are also being
jwill not soon be exhausted. This
latest spark is the use of gold, sil-
ver and other metallic threads
woven into various fabrics, or
glinting forth on the surface to
emphasize design, giving subtle
glow to the weave.
These new ties, originally from
Italy, have become the favorite
of the men in eastern schools
and are fast moving to the mid-
west. They feature a metallic
glint produced by the combina-
tion of white and gold, black
with silver and other such mix-
tures of color and texture.I
Thus, giving of gifts may become
quite a problem for many. How-
ever, with a little ingenuity and
creative ability, almost everyone
can make attractive gifts with a
minimum of expense. Material for
most things is not priced high and
if the labor costs can be eliminat-
ed, the strain on thin wallets can
PERHAPS ranking first among
the make-it-yourself gifts are all
sorts of knit things. Most men ap-
preciate a pair of colorful argyles,
especially if they are hand-made.
If a more personalized gift is de-
sired, initials can be worked into
the many various sock patterns.
For holiday parties, socks fea-
turing the now popular beer
mugs or champagne glass pat-
terns will be quite appropriate.
Playing card patterns featured
on socks will suit the mood of
bridge or canasta parties. Knit
ties, in mostly solid colors, have
If a bigger gift is desired, wom-
en can make sets of gloves and
scarves for the coming winter
weather or perhaps a warm sweat-
er will be best suited for gift pur-
* * *
WHETHER they are solid col-
ored sleeveless sweaters, or in col-
ors to match a pair of argyle socks,
or warm ski sweaters in colorful
patterns, they should appeal to
men-folks, especially if the gifts
are from easily washable nylon
Knitted articles, of course, are
not limited for men's gifts. There
are little sweater and bonnet
sets for small tots, soft angora
sweaters and angora-top sox for
Isister and gloves for mother.
Needlepoint or leather wallets
can also be made for gifts. With
just a small piece of leather and
instructions obtainable in handi-
craft or department stores com-
bined with a few stitches and a
little time, soon a wallet or leath-
er picture folder can be created.
* * *
JEWELLED collars are also
great favorites among women this
year. These collars can usually be
made from velvet material and
trimmed with sequins or bordered
with beads which can be pur-
chased for a few cents in many
Attractive jeweled ties can
also be made to go with blouses
or sweaters. These ties are just
common velvet ribbons in vari-
ous widths and colors. Sequins,
spangles, beads or pearls can be
stithedon the ribbons in all
sots ofe~ patterns to make a nice
gift for any woman, young or
Slippers, just plain or jeweled,
are also easy to put together and:
make attractive gifts. They can be
made from different materials and
imagination can really be applied
to think up most interesting de-
A little string, paste, buttons,
nuts, beans, or shells can all be
made into jewelry. Shells, ear
clips, and pin backs can be ob-
tained at craft supply stores and
with a little work, earrings,
strings of beads, hat pins, bra-
celets and necklaces will soon be
People who have a little creative
ability can go into making various
ceramic pieces like ash trays, jew- for any home.
elry trays and vases from modeling Since it has been said that "the
clay which is shaped, decorated way to the man's heart is through
and then glazed. Metals like brass, his stomach," one of the best gifts
copper and aluminum can be mod- for men in the service could be a
eled into oranaments, trays and homemade assortment of snacks.
pictures. Fruitcake, cookies which are easily
* * * preserved, and homemade candy
SOFT TOY animals and dolls will meet with approving exclama-
made either from rags or yarn will tions from, most men.
find appeal with small children. With such a wide choice of
Lace doilies, embroidered ta- make-it-yourself gifts, students
blecloths and napkins, and place with low funds should be able to
mats as well as woven pot hold- make something to solve their gift-
ers should be appropriate gifts giving problems.
fit for a Queen
worn, as well as the brilliant plaid
bow ties. siJor ement,'4ioev
still favors the conservative tie onI
The trend seems to be switch- men, with an occasional "striking'
ing from the flashy silks and stripe,"
hand-painted "monstrosities" to* * *
thenmore subdued plain colors MANY students prefer the lux-
and small designs in neckwear. urious rayon and silk jacquard
Bob Schayer, '54 prefers narrow ties decorated with "fabulous"
foulards, stripes and prints, while Persian motifs in brilliant colors.'
Dean Morton, '55, favors plain col- A variation of this is the "foreign-
ored conservative ties. hand" tie, chosen by Barabara
oredconsivaive es.Uebcl, '55.
Dacron, the new washable mir-U
acle, is coming into its own, ac- The majority of University
cording to campus dealers. This coeds agree with Bill Gardner,
material is seen in many differ- '56, and Sandy Whittington,
ent forms, including prints, knits, '54D.Hy., on the plain tie with
woven patterns, plaids, stripes, a small emblem or the "one-two-;
solids and "nubbly" weaves. three" design.
* * *
FOR THAT FAVORITE WOMAN-See our selection
of pajamas and nightgowns in nylon, rayon, cotton,
WE CARRY: housecoats, brunchcoats, and bed jack-
ets in beautiful colors. Materials of nylon, cotton,
rayon, taffeta, washable corduroy, orlon,
nylon, and quilted cotton.
214VAN BUREN Sop
NUMEROUS smartly clothed'
men have tapped a rich vein that
News f rom Home
An ideal Yuletide gift that is
often overlooked, but which lasts
the year around, is a subscriptionj
to a friend's favorite newspaper.
This gift is particularly welcom-
ed by students living far from,
home, and a newspaper will keep
them up-to-date on familiar faces
and friends back home.
Simply contact the home-town
newspaper subscription depart-
ment and arrange to be billed aft-
er the subscription has been start-
One of the newest additions to
the ties industry is the "hand-
script" tie. It features the man's
own name written in longhand on
the tie to form a "mirror-like" de-
sign. The name can be read by
turning the tie sidways. They are
available in numerous colors and
make ideal gifts.
The, popular string ties have
been taken over by the women on
campus. The University men haveI
conceded this fad to the feminine
side with few exceptions. String
ties are being shown in many of
the current plaids' as well as other
When shopping for the favorite
tie this season, coeds should re-
member the man's personality and
taste, and the present 'styles in
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