THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE MICHIGAN DAILV THURSDAY APRIL 24,1153'
UNEVEN, CURLED HEMS:
Formals Reflect'Twenties' Influence
.;': ~By NANCY STAMM
EESSES SIMPLICITY - Shorter veils are topped with an
rptian influenced headdress, dipping forward slightly on the
ehead with a plain or jeweled tip. Trains are also shorter on
spring's wedding gowns.
edding Gown Selection
.pends on Height, Coloring
Spring formals will bring fond
memories of the 'roaring twen-
The uneven hemline, again
longer in the back, has returned
in evening wear. A fashion-
able accent to these hemlines is a
fringe lace of pleated toule. The
same type of fringe is a very stun-
ning accent to bouffant gowns.
Entirely new is the trapeze for-
mal, which Dior, refers to as a
cocktail tent. This style with its
tent-like fullness is a favorite of
Sheaths Add Drapes
Appearing again this year is
the sheath style formal with back
or 'side drape of chiffon, silk or
taffeta. Drapes are an added con-
trasting accent of interest to on-
lookers. Solid colored dresses often
have print material drapes.
For a special evening a flounced
chemise will attract the admira-
tion of even the most stylish wo-
man. The flounce is a return from
the gay twenties.
The new vamp idea of the ruffle
is similar to the flounce chemise
and very stylish with its tiers of
flounces. Both styles remind one
of the twenties.
Hems Curl Under
The accent is again on the
hemline with the new brief, skit-
tery curled-under skirt. Rounded
folds furled under are also very
popular with 'well-dressed women.
For an eye-catching evening
dress, the firecrackered flounce is
your answer. Its flounce of taffeta
or toule, actually pops, as will ad-
miring eyes when, you wear it.
A bubble overskirt hasbeen
added to the popular chemise to
make an elegant evening dress.
The shadowy shape of the slip
dress will interest all male eyes in
the new avalanche-like, free-flow-
SFull-length formals appear on.
the fashion scene this year along
with the popular cocktail-length
formals of last year.
Beads, popular with the chemise
dress, are in fashion for the spring
formals. For color, add a large
flower or gaily decorated pin at
the flare of the long-waisted che-
A solid-colored or contrasting
purse can highlight the dominate
color in the formal. Matching
shoes and gloves add the finishing
touch to any evening wear.
,Elopement may involve less ex-
pense, but most couples prefer the
large .-wedding with the resultant
Traditionally the bride's par-
ents assume the expenses of the
invitations and announcements,
the bridal outfit and personal and
household trousseau, the cost of
the reception, flowers and a wed-
ding gift of substance.
Many fathers would glady do
away with the depleted bank ac-
count which usually follows
daughter's marriage, for the ma-
jor portion of wedding expenses
are assumed by the bride's fam-
The groom assumes the finances
for the wedding ring, the mar-
riage license, the bride's flowers,
boutonniers for the men of the
bridal party, gifts for the ushers,
the minister's fee and a "ift for
the bride - something for her
treasure, usually jewelry.
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It may be jewelry, items for your
room, or just a real practical
gift. If it's useful, beautiful,
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STATE and LIBERTY
By ANNE COFER
Spring is here, heralding the
season of brides.
Every bride-to-be faces the
weeks ahead with .a barrage of'
questions and problems. The first
is the selection of her wedding
gown. In making this choice the
bride must take into consideration'
her height, weight and coloring.
Coloring is very important.. To
be kind to less-than-perfect skin,
it is often suggested that the bride
select an off-shade of white fab-;
ric, such as pale ivory, rather than
She must also be especially con-
scious of her height, for the pret-
ty girl of five-foot-two, cannot
wear the' full And billowy dress of
the girl who is five-foot-eight; nor
can the willowy lass wear the de-
mure basque that Is so becoming
to a small girl.
"Choosing gown is much the
same as choosing a regular ward-
robe. The gown suits the bride's
personality as do the rest of her
belongings," an Ann Arbor bridal
She stressed that economic sta-
tus is a major point in the bride's
consideration. The trend this year
is toward the more informal and
economical wedding, she said.
Veils, Trains Shorter
As a result of this, many
changes have tome ,about. Not
only the train is disappearing, but
the long veil as well. The court
train has been shortened to a
chapel train or completely elim-
inated. The ballerina or tea length-
gown is becoming more and more
popular as is the shoulder length
The Egyptian influence on the
bridal headdress is catching the
eye of many of this year's brides.
This is a head piece of enchanting
lace that tips slightly on the
forehead - the tip being either
jeweled or plain.
The chemise wedding gown is
the latest spring fashion news
from New York. Consultants here
have not stocked 'any, but will be
able to order them.;
Tradition Still Prevails
For sentimental and old-fash-
ioned brides, two consultants as-
sure that there is still a multitude
of traditional gowns which will
always. be extremely popular,
Spring. and early summer wed-
dings will feature traditional fab-
rics of lace, taffeta, silk, organdy,
chiffon and peau de sole. Espe-
cially popular this year will be
bombazine and silk organza.
Brides won't. have to wor'ry'
about necklines, for almost with
out exception they are controlled
by the church. Father's pocket-
book should not prove a problem
either, for in Ann Arbor one has
a wide selection of prices as well
as styles. Ballerina gowns begin
at around fifty dollars and the
formal gown starts at about nine-
"In choosing her gown, the
bride should remember," the con-
sultant stressed, "that a simple
wedding can be an elegant wed-
EVENING STAR-The chemise formal with a brief curled, uneven
hemline gains popularity for summer parties. Flowers and beads
complete the ensemble.
FOR THE BRIDE:
Gifts Show Utility, Beauty
Whether a necessity or a luxury,
bridal gifts this spring are designed
to make that "special day" easily
remembered as the young couple
starts on its way to housekeeping.
Brides this year seem to prefer
the practical gift which exhibits
utility as well as beauty.
On the bride's list of wants ap-
pears a linen or fine tablecloth
Traditional Diamond Remains Popular,
espite Modern Trend Toward Plain Bands
to show off the new china, crystal
and silver. Table mats In durable
materials are also popular with
the new housewife.
China, crystal and silver are
easy to purchase for the bride and
groom In their chosen style. Many
department stores have established
"bridal registers" where the couple
can list their selections.. This
avoids duplication and assures the
couple of a set, rather than many
Appliances are always in demand
by the bride. Toasters, electric fry-
ing pans, mix masters and coffee
pots are foremost in a list of bridal
Linens are a necessity, but need
not be an unglamorous-gift. Sheets
and pillow cases come in a variety
of pastel colors and some even are
flowered. Towels come in all shades
to match the color scheme of the
couples first home.
Every bride cherishes the per-
sonal gifts received on her wedding
day which are individualized to
suit the personality of the couple.
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"The diamond, is still a girl's
best friend, local Jewelers agree.
The diamond remains the most
popular for both the engagement
and the wedding ring, even though
the modern trend of plain bands
is becoming more popular.
Today's financial economy has
helped to sway the -modern coed
from the sparkling diamond to
the lovely plain band of gold, sil-
ver or platinum. _
However, for the girl who still
wants diamonds, the wide band
may be set with several diamond
bagets. This band is often used
to serve as both the wedding and
the engagement ring. Also, Ann
Arbor holds a wide selection for
the couple desiring matching plain
Even though diamonds are first
in popularity, engagement rings
may be set with any favorite gem
including the ruby, emerald,
sapphire or pearl. Another popu-
lar custom is for, the groom to
present his fiancee with a family
heirloom as an engagement ring.
A prominent Toledo jeweler
gives advice on how to choose
wisely and sensibly the engage-
ment and the wedding ring. The
'first and most important step is
to trust your jeweler and to be
sure to pick a reputable one that
will guarantee good quality.
Color is the .next consideration
of the wise shopper. The blue dia-
mond is esteemed the highest;
blue-white, white and yellow fol-
low in this order.
The cut of the diamond has re-
mained about the same through-
out the years. The brilliant cut is
the leader in popularity with the
emerald cut following closely be-
The mounting is also an im-
portant consideration. One can be
reasonably sure of a good buy if
he takes the time to look through
the small hole in the upper part
of the mounting to see that the
inner part is polished._This is an
almost sure sign of a superior
Price may" be matched to any-
one's taste and pocketbook. The
plain band begins at eight dollars
while the diamond starts around
one hundred dollars.
There is no arbitrary correct
engagement or wedding ring. The
choice is completely up to indi-
vidual taste and financial status.
Thorough appraisal should in-
clude four factors: degree of per-
fection, carat weight, color and
cut. Degree of perfection and carat
weight are directly determined by
the price of the ring.
Many couples decide upon a
plain band with the intention of
adding a matching diamond ring
wben finances permit.
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