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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 03, 1912, Image 12

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BILLIE BURKE WRITES ON TASTE IN DRESS
By Miss Billie Burke.
The first word Always Dress
as Well as You Can.
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., This does not mean to be in any
way extravagant, but it dpes
mean to be dressed properly for
your station and vocation in life.
Social reformers try to tell us
that the dress of girls today has
a great deal to do with their de
linquency. This may be so, but I
Miss Billie Burke.
think that-some of the reformers
have a wrong idea of the function
of dress. Sir Herbert Spencer
tells us that fdress was not first
Used to cover our nakedness, but
as. an ornament." This does away
with the idea -that it was modesty
that-made our ancestors pluck the
leaves from the fig tree.
r Clothes are the commonest and
most easily recognized marks of
social-distinction and all women
desire that their dress shall not
only adorn themselves but-their
Personally I am very fond of
the narrow gowns that women
wear nowadays. They are light
and unless worn to extremej very
comfbrtable to walk in, and their
first beauty is beauty of line. I
find no objection in showing the
lines of the human figure, as I
think that when we learn the dig
nity as well as beauty of our
bodies we shall become a much
more virtuous nation. One must
remember, however, that line
does not mean a high or low
waist, large or small sleeves or
plain skirts or panniers, 'but a
thoughtful and artistic composi
tion of materials by which a
graceful appearance can be made.
" The appropriateness of dress is
perhaps the thing that is most:
abused in this country by the girls
who have little money to spend.
Naturally they want pretty
clothes and consequently they;
will wear things that look ridicule
ous because they are inappro-t
priate to their circumstances or
the place in which they must
wear them. I have lately' been
noticing this more than ever in
seeing the young girls who wear
boudoir caps on the street and in
automobiles. A boudoir cap is as
much "out of place worn thus as
would be your nightgown.
Tust one last word Spend.
raore thought than money upon
your wardrobe.
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Stand a lemon on a flat surface.
Turn a tumbler over it, and it will
keep for weeks provided the tumf
bier is not removed. -
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