WHAT IS IMMODESTY IN- WOMAN'S DRESS?
BY WINONA WILCOX
"The gentler sex no longer dress
es: it undresses," said Mrs. Amelia
E. Barr, writer of many wholesome
nopels, on the occasion of her 85th
birthday. "Half-portion gowns are
too much in evidence."
Women's dress never lacks some
feature which can be condemned as
indelicate, but the latest immodesty,
. the greatest in its history, is the rise
in its price. Half-portion gowns are
about all the-average woman can af
ford, if the H. C. of clothing contin
ues to increase. '
- "The war" explains even the new
price-tags on kitchen aprons. "The
war" has proved a marvelously con
venient trench for concealing the ex-
ploiteig of the American pocketbook.
Women cannot destroy this hidden
enemy, but they ought. npt to be ig
norant of his existence. They are
going to put more money into cloth
ing in this country in 1917 than was
ever spent in any other 12 months.
What are they going to get in re
turn for it?
Spangles, tinsel and sheen unless
they begin to choose wisely.
Fashion journals call this "the age
of gold" in woman's' apparel. Tis
sues of bullion and trimmings of
semi-precious stones woven into de
signs taken from cathedral windows
go to the making of many a ball
gown which brings a most immodest
"The originals may be works of art
nevertheless the invitations are.lhe
second great immorality of present
fashion. For according to the ethics
of art, there is real beauty in the
commonest fabric when' it is put to
an honest use, but all pretense is a
To make the most of her clothing
budget under the 1917 p'rice scale,
woman will have to learn sharp dis
tinctions of this kind. She must per
ceive, the .difference between surface'
and quality. She now pays heed
lessly for glitter, color and sparkle
because she lost her genuine delight
in the quality of fabrics when she
stopped weaving the cloth.
The curve of a woman's figure is
the motif of every .well' designed
garment; it becomes immodest only
as the beholder sees it so; but worn- "
an sacrificed her appreciation of "fit"
when she ceased to plan, cut and '
sew and accepted the manufactur
er's standard sizes for the dimen
sions nature gave her.
Many a girl wears a dress which is
too low in the neck, or to thin or too
short, not because she is brazen, as
cer critics- claim, -but because she
has never been taught the first prin
ciple o? good taste that appropriate
dress Is the only perfect dress.
Shoes and millinery now belong
in the same class, so far' as cost and
changing fashions go. Perhaps
there is no better example of "im
moral" that is, inartistic dressing
than the wearing, of white shoes at
$12 a pair in muddy weather; the
high cost.-of their upkeep is one
which girls often fail to consider.
Most crirne is due to ignorance,
say the reformers, and immodesties
in dress, whether of style; quality or
price, amount to much the same
thing. We take great pains to train
girls to earn money, but in the name
of the ecdnomieal independence of
the feminists, whydo we not" teach
them how to spend?
BIO MOOSE XMAS CELEBRATION.
Humboldt Park Lodge, No. 521,
Loyal Order of Moose, opens its an-
nual Christmas festival -tonight
when a giant Christmas tree will
blaze forth at 7 o'clock at Kedzie av.
and Logan blvd. Celebration is for
all- Northwest Side folks, and es--
pecially for yodngsters, an announce
ment says. Presents will be given
to 2,000 children. Music and vocal5
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