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ON THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF LITTLE
THINGS IN DRESS , "
BY BETTY BROWN
New York, March 24. The uncor
seted lines of the new silhouette
make it difficult for the uninitiated
to tell a one-piece jersey street dress
from a morning wrapper, or a negli
gee from an opera cloak. There's so
much looseness and plainness about
some of the very smartest of the sea
son's offerings designers .have sud
denly discovered the tremendous im
portance of small things in the mod
ern woman's attire.
Shoes must be studied as carefully
as millinery in relation to any cos
tume. Stockings must be selected
with reference to the boots or pumps.
A belt may spoil a costume or com
plete it as a work of art.
A bag must be especially invented
to suit each frock. Parasols to
match hats. The gloves, beads, fan,
vanity case, and even the handker
chief must be adapted to the dress.
The color of the. undervest and
even the shape of .the corset are de
termined by the hour of the day and
its especial interest.
And when all is finally done, it is
perfectly plain that individuality in
dress was never more at a premium.
To be different from all other women
takes intelligence and taste rather
than a large checking account, but it
is the last test of good style.
The hip lines of new corsets are
very long. Less boning is used and
more elastic webbing is inserted. Of
course as the corset strings are
lightened across the hips, the waist
line is permitted to increase in meas
urement which matters nothing at
all in a straight-lined garment.
Collecting belts promises to be
come a fad. The more barbaric, the
more desirable they are. Any fine
lady of fashion would love to loot the
cases of metal chains and mock
jowelry in the art museums. No type
f f belt worn since the days of Baby
lon and Tyre fails to be represented
in the season's style shows.
Cords strung with queer coins,
leather straps looped with stone me
dallions, strings of semi-precious
stones, mock jewels, cameos, crystal ft f
disks, folds of Roman striped silk,
beaded crepe string ties, even the
monastic rope and the perforated
harness strap find places in any av
erage summer trousseau. I
To be sure none of the belts really
belt anything. They merely hold
down the fullness of flowing skirts
to the circumference of hips or bust.
As to parasols, one matches them
to some part of the costume even
when one' wears gingham. If there
is no way, the facing of the hat and
the sunshade are of the same ma
terial. Bags are more costly in the love
liness of their workmanship than in
their materials. Many seem prod
ucts of the jewelers' art rather than
01 the leather workers. An adjust
able silver bracelet which snaps
about the wrist has been invented to
replace the usual cords. Tiny bead
ed change purses depending from
the belt are a convenient novelty.
The smartest boots which have ap
peared so. far are of satin, shantung
or linen. Linen pumps are also prom
ised for summer. Boots which are
termed quite practical have tan
vamps and white kid tops.
The greatest change in footgear is
not in materials but in shape. The
lasts are entirely French in outline,
that is the vamp is long, narrow and
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LENTEN MENUS. FOR ONE DAY
Breakfast Fruit; mush bread;
coffee or chocolate.
Luncheon Stewed macaroni;. let
tuce sandwiches; tea.
Dinner Eggs, Spanish style;
baked potatoes; creamed cauliflow
er; prune souffle; coffee.