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HE middle-aged matron has never
been afforded greater opportunity
for dressing becomingly than at
the present moment.
Many styles^ire especially suit
ed to her requirements, Pnding as they do a
certain charming dignity which rests so
gracefully on women of maturer years.
The passing of frivolous raiment becomes
a desperate but hopeless battle with some
women who cling persistently to styles and
colors which only tend to emphasize their
A woman of discreet tasted however,
knows her limitations sufficiently well not
to offend her own good looks and provoke
The illustrations on this jag have been
carefully chosen* and represent the fashion
able garb as it is worn by the well-dressed
'matron this winter.
A good-looking, well-filted tailor-made
gown may be worn for shopping as well as
for numerous other occasions. One of broad
cloth made with a slight sweep is better
than a mixed cloth where only one costume
is to be purchased.
The skirt of the one shown is made quite
simply, the panels on the side simulating an
overskirt effect The coat is modeled after
those extremely fashionable short Empire
coats a style which adapts itself nicely for
middle-aged women. The trimming may
consist of velvet, genuine fur or fur cloths.
Fibre braids are much used
in connection with velvets, J^
A BECOMING HOUSE GOWN.
Attractive house gowns in dark and soft
.colors are es&entially important for the mid
dle-aged matron. .Several very simple ones
worn with, white collars and cuffa for morn
ing may be of inexpensive materials and
dressier ones for the afternoon and evening
of silk and supple cloths.
Princess gowns are among the most grace
jful models for house wear. The one illus-
trated is modeled over simple yet effective
lines. The upper portion of the gown is
smocked with silk, the fullness being fitted
to the waistline by means of tucks and darts
in the lining. The skirt hangs full and trains
A scarf of ribbon extends over the shoul
ders front and batk, and within a foot of the
hem. Tnis httle trick lengthens the waist
line and gives the wearer Increased height,
and is, therefore, recommended for .short,
OHOICEfOF AN EVENING GOWN
For a middle-aged matron what could be
more becoming or appropriate than a black
chiffon gowta mounted over a white gray
lavender or pale buff lining. The actual
trimming of the gown consisting of passe
menterie or silk lace or galloon, studded with
jet, gold or silver paillettes?
The model shown has a pale buff taffeta
lining, cut over a circular pattern, over this
is draped black chiffon.
Tha bodice is horizontally draped the
trimming forming a sma^I vest which Is
filled with cream all over guipure mounted
on white chiffon. The lower sleeves are also
THE QUESTION OF TOQUES.
Some of the dearest little toques, ever so
Frencby and becoming, are included among
the lavishing hats wtiich smart women are
wearing this winter.
Some of these have strings of ribbon vel
vet and others have not, but of course, it is
more youthful not to have them. Marie Stu
arttf toques are especially lively in velvet
with crown of the same or transparent ma
tenal. One in pale gray panne velvet haii
a crown gray lace outlined in silver, the
whole mounted over silver gauze.
A long coat of some description is a neces
sity with middle-aged women. Gapes, of
course, are worn, as they are easy to slip on
and off but an empire coat is to be preferred
w&en becoming. It should be of cloth lined
with silk, the upper portion being padded
and when this is not sufficient a chamois
jacket may be worn beneath. The garment
shown may be of cloth or heavy silk the
vest, collar and cuffs befhg of velvet or fur.
The original garment of blue broadcloth
was trimmed with black caracul. Black is
the most serviceable, though many dark
greens and gun metal grays, besides dark
purples are also seen in these coats. Many
empire coats and those made full, are fur
Another very dainty design carrying out
the same idea in combining embroidery and
lace is carried out hi another illustration.
Small block motifs of embroidery are indi
vidually outlined by Valenciennes lace in
sertion, forming a very pleasing effect. Rib
bon embroidery and a frill of lace hnish the
top of the cover. Rosettes of narrow ribbon
are newer and infinitely more dainty
those huge bows which some women wore1*ntha
in the front of corset covers.
A French trick is to tie the ribbon encir
cling the arm hole of the corset cover on top
of the lingerie blouse, small eyelet holes ha\
Ing been made, through which the tiny ends W
of ribbon are drawn.
Still another design is shown, copied from^#
an English model. This cover is cut low and
square, to be worn under the new, square^.
Separate motifs of embroidery are out-IS
lined with narrow Valenciennes lace, in the If
same fashion as they are employed on lin-^
gerieeblouses. On design exploits the craze for English
eyelet embroidery, which was cut from /a
square of linen, the corners have not been
mitered. Alternate rows of embroidery and
lace, are copied over the same model.