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THE pretty negligee always is a garment that ties close to every
woman's heart and, as it really is an economy, there seems
every reason whjtshe should have a goodly store. The French
uomen long ago learned the value of such garments. They are so
temptingly attractive that one is sure to slip off the street costume
immediately upon entering the home and the saving in the course
of a season'is a big one, for to sit about in the street suit often means
to injure it more than to wear it properly upon manoccasions. There
rs a certain element of fascination in the negligee, too, for it means such
charmingly graceful lines, it means deliriously soft, feminine effects
and it is becoming and attractive at the same time that it is restful.
We all need relaxation in this busy, rushing life of ours and the gar
ment that tempts one to be at ease is truly a, valuable one. Just now
there are so many styles in fashion that each woman can have a variety
or can choose the one that is best adapted to her own figure and need.
Empire lines are always pretty and are much liked but so also arc the
long straight lines and, for the busy woman who HLes to be at ea;
yet must be in condition to attend toiler household duties.
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Everything that is soft and light of weight is fashionable this
season. For the negligees of the better sort, we are using messaline,
crtpe de chine and the like; for the more useful ones, cashmere, alba
tross, quaint flowered crepes and fabrics of the land. Lace, ribbon
and silt all are used as trimming but, in a general way, itmay be
said that every garment has some little dainty touch and finish. We
are essentially feminine and frills finish our sleeves, little bows are
worn at the neck and pretty ribbons and sashes confine our gowns
at the waist line. The negligees are essentially attractive and charming
and, when charm and practicability are combined, perfection results.
Tub silks are wonderfully beautiful this season and by no means
over costly. Inasmuch as the negligee that can be made fresh and
dainty without undue effort is an especially desirable one, they are
to be commended; but a great many of the so-called Oriental silks
that are not known as washable can be sent to the tub without damage
while crepfi de chine washes as perfectly as lawn itself. Any one of
these materials lace-trimmed can be cleansed without losing the least
particle of its beauty while both albatross and flowered crepe will
endure like treatment with perfect success. Among cotton materials
are to be found a .host of tie loveliest color effects that are well
adaDted to such use and, in steam heated houses, the negligee that
Is nght of weight is a t'esirable one.
The graceful home gown shown in figure 3 u semi-fitting at the
back, loose at the front, and is altogether graceful and attractive. ,
It ?m be made to clear the floor or in the pretty round length, as
jwtfcrred, and with full three-quarter or plain long sleeves. This
gown is made of challis trimmed with taffeta, and the combination is
a pretty as well as fashionable one but busy women are apt to like
the washable fabrics for gowns of this sort and there are a great many
suitable ones to be found. The collar illustrated it a new one that
is generally liked, but there are women who prefer the narrower, closer
fitting collar, and such a one can' be used whenever it U found more
becoming. One of the greatest advantages of the gown is found in
the fact that it is easily slipped on and off, being doted with button
and buttonholes at the front. The ribbon ties are, attached at. the
under-arm seams and hold the fullness at the front in place.
The morning gown that is made in semi-princeste style is a becoming
and comfortable one, satisfactory from every, point of view. The
one illustrated on this page (4th figure) alto has the advantage of
being very easy to make, for thesleeves are cut in oae with the waist
and there areonly the under-arm and-back seams to be sewed up,
"-bile fit is a simple matter. In the illustration, the neck b cut square
and the sleeves are gathered into bands, but the, neck can be made
. high 'and finished with a rolled-over collar, if liked, and die sleeves
can be left free at their lower edges, although the dress illustrated is
both smart and practical. -The skirt-is a simple four gored one and
can be laid in a box-plait at the back or (fathered. The closing-' o.
the dress is made at the left-of the front. 4This one is made of washable -material
with trimming of beading threaded with ribbon, bat all the
fabrics that are used for morning dresses are appropriate.
CAPS and collars are really important elements of dress, for while
in a sense, they are merely accessories, they are utilized in so
many ways that they often give that finishing touch to thi
toilette which means smartness. Whether one is going to the theatre
or is about Jo spend the afternoon at home or is bent upon saving
the hair during the morning hours, the cap is sure to be in demand.
If it is made of some dainty muslin with lace frills, it is adapted tj
the morning hours, the home circle or the boudoir; if it is made of
gold lace and trimmed with flowers or a little up-standing aigrette,
it becomes a theatre cap and can be worn with a really elaborate
toilette; yet, in both cases, its form is much the same for simple
stIes arc the preferred ones. Difference in material and trimming
makes the difference in effect.
Collars never were more vital than at the present moment. They
are being delightfully influenced by Directoire and Empire styles
and the Robespierre collar in its many variations is a favorite. In its
more elaborate forms, it means lace frills, and lace frills are always
becoming and dainty. It is made both to match the costume and of
a contrasting material, so that separate collars of black satin, white
lace and the like are much worn and are essentially practical. For
all indoor occasions, open necks make the rule and the rolled over
Robespierre collar with its lace frills is a pronounced favorite and a
deserved one. For general practical use. it is apt to be made of satin
but for afternoon costumes, it is charming made entirely of lace with
lace frills and the present is essentially a lace season. ATI sorts are
worn, both heavy and light, but the exquisitely dainty shadow lacea
possess a charm that is all their own. The plain blouse that it worn
with collar with wide lace frills becomes completely transformed and
every woman realizes the value of an accessory that can be trusted
to accomplish such a change. Blouses of white channeute satin, art
being much worn with tailored suits.
Often the low collars are made with detachable frills, also, and
that treatment makes them available in different ways. The black
satin collar with lace frills that can be used or omitted as occasion
demands is exceedingly useful and requires so little effort for the
making that it is quite easy to obtain. There are various styles of
frills worn but the two illustrated are among the best. If liked,
these collars can be made with a little chemisette of the thinnest
possible net, so that the women who like open necks and those wha
find, them trying, both can be accommodated.
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