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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

March 28_ 1957

March 28, 1957

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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COATS AND SUITS

SPORTSWEAR TAKES FEMININE

Fashion Trend Is Toward
Softer, More Feminine Line

Spring Collections Show
Casual, Semi-Fitted Suits

American Styles Follow Whims of French Designer Chanel

By SYLVIA GRIEENBAUM
Going or coming -- coats are
distinct in style this spring.
Detail is concentrated on the
backs and varies from a blousey
'type, cropped in with a wide band,
to the paneled and pleated back.
The straight tube-like lines of
last year's spring coats have given
way this season to softer and more
feminine lines. Coats are not too
flared but they are full enough to
provide for the wearer's ease and
comfort.
Besides the classic pastels and
navy, grey is popular for its ac-
cessory matching ability.
From softly rounded shoulders
emerge either long tight fitting
sleeves or full three-quarter dol-
man sleeves. Contrasting lining in
solid color, stripes, or plaid adds
a fresh, spring-like effect.
To achieve that extra look of
glitter and elegance, women are

turning
ets and
texture

again to leather in jack-
coats. Its soft and smooth
gives the wearer a fetch-

ing and feminine look. The pale
pinks and blues and other pastels
provide the spring look. Leather
fashions vary from full-length
coats with flared, straight or
belted backs for formal attire to
shortie jackets. Their sleevesnare
long, tight, dolman, or full length
bloused. Some coats have wide
collars; others none at all. Jackets
tie at the waist, fall straight or
flare slightly.
Light weight cotton poplin car
coats in dark colors or pastels
still rate high on the fashion list.
Because of their fullness, they fit
every sporting need.
Irregardless of the occasion,
formal or informal, the fashion
trend is gradually turning to the
softer, more feminine touch in
coats.

By CAROLINE MILLER
Brightest light in this Spring's
suit collection is the navy-blue
flannel semi-fitted outfit with a
look of casual softness.
Trimmed with gleaming brass
buttons, the jacket looseness
achievesa flowing appearance.
The skirt is slim. A white silk
blouse with a large tie at the neck-
line adds femininity.
For travel wear a perfect suit
has been designed in navy silk.
Semi-fitted with a straight skirt
and semi-box jacket, it is a re-
minder of last season's full box
jacket. With this crease-resistant
and wrinkle proof material, the
traveler steps from the airplane
or train looking as fresh as when
she started. It's practical in North-
ern and Southern climes.
For everyday wear, there are
afternoon suits of knubby wool-
ens. A cowl collar touch adds that
flattering note to the wearer's
neckline. It can be dressed up for
the informal evening affair with
a special necklace, scarf or flow-
er.
Related, extra charming in the

designer's costume book is a blue
tweed with a belted jacket. It can
be worn with or without the belt
and looks stunning either way.
An interesting color combina-
tion this year is beige and gray
with a white pique collar. This
different color grouping is fea-
tured in a suit of a full softly
pleated skirt with a short box type
jacket. Accessories can be used
to'dress up this outfit.
Today's fashion-conscious wo-
man is discovering the importance
of capes this year. Suit capes are
often detachable, making two
completely different ensembles.
Color-wise, standard greys and
navy are still "the thing." A three-
quarter length sleeved jacket with
a pencil slim skirt in grey worsted
flannel makes a fashion-perfect
outfit for Easter. A navy linen suit
piped in white linen across the
short sleeves and Peter Pan collar
will be setting a summer style
vogue.
A fitted jacket with a full soft-
ly pleated, gored skirt in pink wool
adds the light, spring touch to
the wardrobe.

By JACQUELINE STRANDBERG
The newest thing in sportswear
this spring is the look of casual,
yet well groomed, femininity that
French designer Chanel brought
into prominence last year. The
look consists of a soft blouse and
nicely draped skirt.
For the slender coed this look
is ideal.
The outstanding feature of this
look is definitely the "blousen"
blouse. These overblouses are of-
ten tied at the waist with a soft
bow.
Sissie blouses are another deri-
vation of the Chanel styling and
they have gained immense popu-
larity over the winter. For all
their fr-ills and ruffles, the ma-
jority of them are easy to care
for. Dacron and cotton, a "dorm-
tested" blend, seems to be most
polular of the "no-iron" fabrics.
The perfect complement for the
featured blouses is the slim skirt

in a light-weight, serviceable, good
fabric. Sailcloth and a fine grade
denim are being shown along with
light wools in many stores.
The Chanel look with its un-
cluttered, soft lines should be ex-
ceedingly popular with the ma-
jority of coeds.
Varied Color .. .
Colors for this spring vary with
the look being created. Chanel's
look is achieved with dainty shades
and a surprising lack of patterns.
Often, too, she contrasts navy or
black with white for a.striking ap-
pearance. Dainty flowered prints
have taken over the place that was
held for some time by polka dots;
although some of these are still
seedl, they are now bigger and var-
ied in color. Getting into the more
sporty wear one finds that bright
colors, lavish patterns and differ-
ent combinations predominate.
Casual pants, which range in

length from the very short shorts
to slim ankle length pants offer
perhaps the greatest opportunity
to express one's individualism with
color.
Coeds with a secret desire, and
the right figure to wear bright
pink and red pants will find a ma-
jority of bermuda shorts and ca-
pri pants that seem to cater to just
such a wish.
Then, there are the more sub-
dued colors and prints for those
who have no such aspirations, se-
cret or otherwise.
Playsuits are the newest thing
on the spring scene in more cas-
ual sportswear. These suits are
one piece and come with or with-
out matching skirts.

Casual Set
Expected to gain acceptance
along with playsuits is the duo
of T-shirt and bermuda shorts.
T-shirts are very snappy this
spring. Many of them are featured
with bold stripes and sailor col-
lars.
Featured again are the "mix and
match" ensembles that were so
popular last year. New colors, with
an accent on mauve-pink shades
are Vombining into some truly
beautiful matchmates.
Combinations of blue and green,
red and yellow, hyacinth and pur-
ple are a few of the mixtures that
seem to be high on the sales lad-

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