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which is merely "the latest design."
So it is not astonishing that the
girl who works, for a moderate salary
grows bewildered ana discouraged
and sends me questions like this:
"Dear Mrs. Gibson I wish you
would tell me the Best way to dress
on a limited salary. I am 20 years
old and as pretty and popular as the
average girl, that is, I go out a good
"I have been earning my own
money three years and I have tried
spending it for dress in this, that and
the other way, but I never seem, to
get the right things.
"Please do not pass this letter over
as trivial. Barbara."
Clothes can hardly be called a triv
ial consideration with any woman.
Even those who try "to live above"
them are nevertheless bored to death
And women who frankly "just love
clothes" ive all their thought, time,
energy and money to them. Never
theless, very few arrive at a stable
philosophy of dress.
like Barbara, they try "this, that
and the other" and achieve nothing
in proportion to their expenditure.
For one successful gown, every wom
an can confess to two or three oth
ers which are "perfect failures."
This striving and confusion and
disappointment are typical of the
general unrest of woman today. Any
failure is usually due to the lack of
a well-defined purpose.
If Barbara would acquire a reliable
working theory of dress let her put a
few plain questions to herself:
Is Barbara vain?' Are clothes the
paramount issue of her thinking, the
very purpose of her existence, the
one big reason why she works for
Then she will probably never dis
cover any way of dressing satisfac
torily on any income, limited or un
limited? Is Barbara shallow? Is dress mere-v.
ly a diversion, or perhaps a dissipa
tion like the theater or a grill room
If so, she will be much in the con
dition of the gambler, the glass of
fashion today; a thing of shreds and
Is Barbara practical? Are her
garments, like food and the daily
bath, only an item necessary to her
comfort and efficiency?
A sane answer "to this question will
reduce her problem to the minimum.
Or is Barbara bound to find her
'mate? Are her clothes an advertise
ment of herself, her manner of at
tracting and keeping the attention of
Then she will have a freakish
wardrobe which is just as apt to call
down man's criticism and ridicule as
his approving smile.
Such questions simplify Barbara's
problem. When she goes to shop she
has but to decide if the things she
buys is an expression of herself or of
somebody else, perhaps of the sales
woman or of a middle-aged man de
signer a thousand miles away.
For nothing she can do or say ex
presses a girl's character and individ
uality so completely as the things
she wears. Even a virtue self sac
rifice, for instance is often betrayed
by a hat two seasons old.
And when a woman complains that
her jgowns are all failures, it must be
that she has neither ambitions nor
emotions to express!
TODAY'S TESTED RECIPE
By Caroline Coe
Flemish Soup Two cups of minced
parsley, 4 cups of diced potato and 1
cup of minced onion. Put all in sauce
pan and add 2 quarts of cold water
and set over fire to boil. When the
vegetables are Yery soft rub all
through a colander and turn into pan.
Add 1 even teaspoonful of salt and
curry powder to suit taste.
Whip 1 pint of cream in a pitcher,
add slowly to soup stirring constant
ly. Serve at once with fried bread
crumbs in each serving.