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Fashion’s Figurative ‘Hall of Shame’ Lists Requirements for Membership
How to Be Included Among! 'Worst-Dressed Women’ Carefully Explained Recognize the Style Pitfalls In Order Successfully to Avoid Usual Mistakes I By Helen Vogt Wagging an editorial finger at any reader who happened to be passing by, a well-known fashion magazine recently presented a number of sure fire wavs to lose a husband. Women, of course, are expected to take heed, and by knowing the pitfalls in advance, to play the course neatly around these marital sandtraps. It seems to us that the same thing might work in a discussion of Clothes, so herewith we present all the things you can do if your one ambition in life is to be a fashion failure. We promise that attention to these little details will place you high in the ranks of worst-dressed women, and that if you follow this advice your clothes problem will be non-existent. Nobody will notice you anyway. First, you can turn up your nose at alterations. Never have any thing properly fitted from tailored suits to evening dresses. And hemlines? Don't bother with them; they’ll probably change next year, so why worry? ; Don’t bother about your coiffure. Just wash your hair every once In a while and fix it any old way. Or. stick to the same coiffure you've been wearing for years, whether or not it's becoming to your present face. Buy any color that looks pretty to you. Forget about whether it does funny things to your skin or makes your figure look like an overstuffed sofa. And if you don’t have time to change accessories, go right on out with that brown bag ana black shoes • and think nothing of it. Forget all about your fingernails. You work hard around the house or office a 14 day, so why shouldn't your rails be broken, with the polish peeling off? And skip those mani cures you've been having. Ragged cuticles are practically inconspicuous —when you're gearing gloves. Speaking of gloves, it’s so much trouble to keep your white ones freshly laundered. You wear them once and they're black, so just let them go on being dirty. And as for that, split seam, just ignore it. 'cause It never holds when you sew it up, anyway. Oive up this silly notion about lnudering hose and undies nightly and don't pay any attention when people tell you your hose wear better if washed after each wearing. Leave your dress shields in your My Neighbor Says: One teaspoon of onion juice or half a sliced raw onion added to mashed potatoes gives them a different flavor. Toast water is simple to make and appeals to those, especially invalids, who like toast. Toast stale bread and cut into squares. Powder into crumbs and add a pinch of salt and a cup of boil ing water. Let it stand an hour. Hub through a sieve and serve hot or cold with a little cream and powdered sugar. To make a gelatin dessert in layers divide jelly in three por tions and put one portion in bottom of mold. When firm decorate, if desired, with can died cherries and cover with a second portion, beaten until light. When that is firm cover with a layer of plain jelly. Mold, chill, cut in slices and serve. The different layers may be colored pink and green. sleeves for countless wearing*, too, j and turn your back on stupid ideas : about a complete change of lingerie each and every morning. Stop fretting about your slip showing. Let it hang an inch or 2 below your hemline and be sure j it shows when dancing. As for shoulder straps, those little adjust able gadgets are just a whim, so knot your straps up nicely and never, never shorten a slip at the hem. By all means, wear white slips or even pink ones under sheer navy or black frocks and be confi dent that they will show through. Be a little too busy or lazy to have your heels fixed. It takes a lot of time and trouble to have new i taps put on them, especially when you can walk on the wood or suede part with practically no extra dis comfort. Sew up runs in the part of your hose that shows, too, so that there’s a conspicuously sewed up stretch in every pair. Stuff your purses just as full of useless things as you can. It gives them a nice, heavy look as though they were instruments of assault, designed for beating passing stran gers instead of for carrying necessi ties. Be sure to have everything from your comb to your card case full of tobacco—and ignore the business of putting clean puffs in your compacts. Don’t bother to learn about proper make-up colors or how to apply the stuff. Just slap on your cos metics any wav at all. The idea is to get color into your face by hook or crook, isn't it? So why the fuss about correctly applied rouge and lipstick, carefully blended? Give your figure nary a thought. Go in for rich desserts and shun exercise with an intensity positively fanatic. Forget that soap and wa ter is good stuff and decide that perfume and cologne are unneces sary feminine frills. And if you do all of those things, we promise you a niche in the fash ion “hall of shame.” And, lady, you'll deserve it! Stylish Princess Frock Designed for Juniors 1371 -B By Barbara Bell The princess style is one of the Tery best for petite figures, espe cially when it is designed, as this one is. to give a little roundness at the bustline, as well as to follow the Incurve of a small waist and to flare at the hem. That over-the shoulder detailing is a version of the smart new soft-shoulder effect that you'll find very becoming, too. And the scalloped neckline frames your face delightfully. This design is useful for home frocks of gingham, linen and per cale, as well as runabout frocks of spun rayon, flat crepe or silk print. The fashion is so extremely simple that you can let yourself go in the way of color, choosing brilliant stripes or checks or plaids as well as gay plain tones. A very easy frock to make. Barbara Bell pattern No. 1371-B is designed for sizes 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19. Corresponding bust meas urements 29. 31, 33, 35 and 37. Size 13 (31) requires 4% yards of 39-lnch ____ ! BARBARA BELL, The Washington Star. Inclose 25 cents for pattern No. 1371-B. Size. Name_ Address___ Wrap coin* securely in paper. material without nap. Step-by-step sew chart included. Send in your order today. Be among the first to wear this. Now’s the time to plan your spring wardrobe, and decide what you’ll want for the children, too. Our spring fashion book brings the best new styles straight from our de signers to your own sewing room. We've embodied them in easy pat terns that you can make yourself, economically and speedily. Send 18 cents for your book today. Designed for Wearing... One of those casual, comfortable hats that the Washington business girl will “live in’’ is this soft felt model with its jaunty brim and ribbon band. Although most inexpensive, it has the dash of a fine hat, stressing good lines and conservative charm. In a wide range of colors, it's a spec tator style just right icith suits and semi-tailored spring dresses. —8ur sun Photo. _ A Dorothy Dix Says — Women Should Find Employment When Married Ties Are Broken Dear Miss Dix—I am a di vorcee, 28 years old, with a child 2>j years old. and I am living with my parents. My father jnakes a fair salary, but with my baby and me to support, he and mother have to do without many things they could have if we were not here. I have had business training and experience, and I am anxious to go to a nearby city and get a job so I can be inde pendent. My mother opposes this. She thinks I should stay at home with her and be happy about it. But I am not satisfied just sitting here doing nothing, waiting for some man to come along and marry me. What is your advice?—M. K. H. Answer—I have often marveled at the sublime selfishness of women who dumped themselves and their chil dren back on their poor old parents to be supported when they happened to lose their taste for their husbands, or when they found out they were married to men who were just mere ordinary mortals instead of romantic heroes. Yet we see that done con tinually. We see father’s tired old back getting a little more bent every day under the burden of taking care of Mary and feeding and clothing and educating her brood. We see rheumatic old mother turned into a nursemaid and hobbling painfully around after a 2-year-old child. And we think it would have been just as well for Mary to have stood a husband who bored her, or one who was grumpy, as it was for her to make her parents suffer for her matrimonial mistake. So I am glad to hear of at least one divorcee who has enough back bone not to be willing to be a parasite on her father and mother. I heartily recommend your plan of getting a job by which you can sup Dainty Crocheted Motif By Baroness Piantoni The 12-point crocheted motif shown above—dainty as a daisy—when joined together with the tiny square motif makes either a table cloth or a bedspread of rare beauty. In spite of the luxurious appearance the lace is practical for both purposes—it is long wearing, soils slowly, but when soiled launders beautifully coming from the dryer looking fresh and new. Btitchery is simple so the work goes quickly. Another suggestion we know you’ll like to follow—these motifs can be joined to form dollies either round or square in shape—hence nimble fingers can create a luncheon set to suit individual taste and requirements. Pattern envelope contains complete rasy-to-read and easy-to-follow directions for above. Send 15 cents for No. 1562 to the Needlework Editor of Tha Evening Star. port yourself and your child. There is every reason why you should do it and d® it at once, because at 28 time gets to flying by very fast. Before you know it, you will be in the middle-age woman class, and they find it much harder to get a position in an office than young girls do. So hurry up. There are many reasons why you should get back to work as soon as possible. One is. of course, that you will be far happier with something to do that will keep you busy anti, interested than you are being idle, to say nothing of the feeling of in dependence which is balm to the soul. For another, your father is aging and you cannot depend for long upon his support, and your condi tion would be pitiful, indeed, if 10 years from now he left you with no money, no job and small chance of getting any employment because you had gotten rusty in your old pro fession. And as for depending on marry ing to solve your problem, that is mere wishful thinking. Perhaps some man may come along who doesn’t mind taking on a ready made family, but most men feel that their own children are all that they can support, and they walk high, wide and handsome around widows with children. DOROTHY DIX. Line Baskets Always line a wicker clothes basket with a clean, white cloth lining to avoid tearing freshly washed clothes on loose bits of the wicker and to keep dirt from seeping between the loosely woven baskets on the clean wash. Linings should be laundered regularly to remain immaculate. 9 . By Dorothy Murray •Dress" the youngster's room with an unusual and attractive appliqued bedspread. This will catch his fan cy, due to the fact the design on the spread is taken from the well known children's tale, "Jack and the Beanstalk.” * . . A coffee service made of lovely pewter ware, patterned after early American silver designs, would be an appreciated present. The set consists of a percolator and cream and sugar containers, each equipped with a plastic handle. This is a nice feature because it lessens the danger of receiving a burned hand when serving hot coffee. . . . Unusually and very good looking are flower containers made in the form of cupped hands. They come in either white or pale colors and are especially nice for floating sin gle flowers. . . . Perfume in paste form in a tube like a lipstick is very convenient to carry. The perfume is greaseless, does not evaporate and has a de lightful fragrance. The attractive cases may be purchased in delicate shades of blue, pink and cream. . . . Present baby with a nightgown case in the form of a monkey. It s body is made of brown plush and it has a soft chamois-Uke material face. Beside its usefulness, you will find “baby” will cherish it as a toy. Your little girl would love to be “dressed up” for Easter with a matching hat and bag set made of pink or blue straw and decorated with contrasting flowers. . . . A 30-hour winding clock, con tained in a zipper-fastened leath er case, Is designed for smart trav eling. . . . Do you need a new key ring? There are very attractive ones on the market that have coin holders attached. These are covered with imitation leather, are trimmed with metal and you will And them Inex pensive. . .. %•> Let Children Be Members Of Clubs ‘Belonging’ Means Same to Them As to Adults By Atitelo Patri There are some grown-up peo ple who scoff at children's love of badges and uniforms and who make the children wearing them feel silly and too childish for their age. These short-memoried folk are wrong, and their expression of scorn in the presence of the children is an un kind if not an injurious influence in the lives of the children. In order to reach the full stat ure of maturity children go through a sequence of changes each useful to the healthy growth of the next, each discarded in its turn, its pur pose having been served. Every boy and girl loves to belong to a special group, with certain clear under standing of their purposes, but with many vague feelings of security and contentment in the association dif ficult to set down in words. "I like it,” is about their expression of a deep peace. It is enough as long as the association promotes character growth. Years ago many girls wore a tiny silver Maltese cross and a bow of purple ribbon to indicate that they were King's Daughters, pledged to look up and not down: forward, not back, and lend a hand in His name. Those girls were strength ened in righteousness, encouraged in good living, and they "liked it,” Then there was the bow of white ribbon for the temperance workers and the pin for the Band of Hope. Those badges and the pledges behind them did a great deal of good in the lives of the boys and girls who be longed. They took a deal of teasing, if not worse from those who did not belong, but they held their own and they, too, "liked it.” Belonging to a group, snaring common ideals is a necessity for children between the ages of 7 and 17. Today our most prominent groups are the Boy Scouts. Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls. They wear their uniforms and their badges proudly, and they do fine work. They need the approval and praise of their elders, and a bit of substantial help would be greatly appreciated by their leaders. This work for young people is taken too much for granted by the community, and every one who is in terested in the character growth of children, in the ideals instilled in American youth should make himself acquainted w-ith the idea and bring support to it. We will talk a lot about the failure of youth to achieve our ideals, but few of us as much as cross the street to give a good word or a dollar to these associations who are promoting those ideals year in and year out. This is because grown people have such short memories of their own youthful needs. They forget how happy a gathering of two or three in a hut in the woods used to make them: what thrills a postofflce in an old stump or a stone wall used to bring to the little group who knew ehe secret, the pride they took in belonging; the exaggerated rare of the bow and the badge, placed where it could not possibly escape attention. The little cross, the button, the pin. the knot of ribbon, the uni form and the insignia mean the jov of life to these children. It would be a grievous mistake not to under stand and promote their ideals and their service. What the Rotary and the x and other fraternal organizations are to mature men and women, these assoeiations of children mean to childhood and early youth If your children do not ••belong” to one of them, why not? And if you have overlooked them, why? It is fine to belong. i Mr. Patri has prepared a leaflet entitled. "Fear,'’ In which he re lates that fear can be protection and a menace. You should read it. Send for it. addressing your request to Mr. Angelo Patri, care of The Evening Star, and inclose a self-addreooed. stamped i3-eent) envelope. ‘In Training’ Only a relatively few boys and girls are ‘‘in training” in order to make a place in amateur or pro fessional sports, but the advice which a well known coach has given for trainees is sound counsel for all young people who want to enjoy buoyant health. Cleanliness, rest and proper eating are the three major requirements, according to the coach of Long Island University. Class Night Gets a Helping Of Originality Via Snappy ’Radio Jamboree’ Idea Show’s Master of Ceremonies Introduces Usual Features In True Broadcast Style By Kay Ca'.dwell and A (den Harrison Hey, seniors! Womd you like to give that ‘'different” touch to your class night program this year? Then stage a class of 1941 radio Jamboree. If your president has the makings of a good master of ceremonies, then he's the man for the job. If not, let's hope that he'll pick the best M. C. available, for the success of the program will depend on his ability, and on plenty of practice to make the performance run smoothly. The stage should be fixed up like a broadcasting studio, with dark ; draperies, huge "Silence—We’re on the Air" signs, a table and a few | chairs. On the table stands the microphone—either a real one eon j nected with the public address system of the auditorium, or an imitation made of wood and painted black. Paint the initials of your school on the mike to represent the call letters of the station. The program opens with the M. C. at the microphone. He starts things off with a ‘‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the radio audience,” followed by a short introductory speech. Then he announces the various traditional class night events, all of wnich have a radio flavor. For example, the “Class Prophecy” is given by a radio “gossip col umnist” of 1951 or 1961. Punctuating his staccato remarks with frequent cries or Bulletin: ana special: ■ he rattles off bits of supposed low down on the doings of your class members in that far-distant year. Instead of having the class his torian read his history in the usual slightly frightened monotone, this year he conducts a quiz program. His panel of "experts” might con sist of one member of each high school class, or of four prominent fellows and girls from his own class. He patterns his procedure after well-known radio programs asking various questions about big mo ments in the history of good old 1941. These events are then de scribed in the experts’ answers. Of course, realism can be added by having an occasional wrong answer, which is quickly corrected. | And an occasional “stumper” can be • inserted, with a ridiculous prize being awarded to the person who is .supposed to have submitted it. If it is your custom to choose the class members most likely to ' succeed, the brightest, the hand somest, the most beautiful, etc., transform this ceremony into "We the Pupils” program. The M. C. announces each "celebrity” with a flowery’ “W'e-have-with-us-tonight” introduction, and then proceeds to interview the victim on the stage. Such questions as "Just why and how are you going to succeed?” “How do you get so beautiful, and where do you buy it?" and "Do you really j think you're smart?” will give the audience plenty of fun, no matter what it does to the people on the platform. The reading of the class will may be made into a little radio drama, with the officers of the lower classes representing the bereaved relatives who have gathered to hear what ; they inherit from just-buried 1941. The "attorney” who reads the will should be very’ solemn and digni fied, and his document can be made impressive looking with red ribbon and huge red seals. If you also have class donors, don’t be satisfied just to let them read off a list of gifts. Instead, j have fancy packages supposedly containing the actual things which are being presented, and call the event your “Lot o’ Loot” program. The donors spin a wheel, fran tically' leaf through the pages of a telephone directory, and then call Drink a cup of hot STEERO Bouillon before retiring. Re laxes nerves, invites refreshings a. sleep, say thousands. At grocers Aw* r--— the recipient of each gift on an imitation telephone. You might have the wire running to another telephone at the corner of the stage, and make each recipient step up there to take the call, and then to receive the package supposedly con taining his gift. The reading of the class poem can he done "straight,” simply being announced by the M. C. The class song should be sung or played first by a soloist—after a suitable build up by the M. C.—with the whole class assembled on the stage to join in the grand finale. Or you can let the members of the audi ence sing the final chorus. If you'll take these ideas, add a few of your own, and adapt them to your traditional class night rou tine, we think you can make this the best celebration of its kind your school has ever seen. But don't wait too long to get started! Care ful preparation will insure the oc casions success, and add to the fun of everybody concerned. If vour class or your club Is planning a picnic between now and summer vacation, we've got material to help you. Our “Six Successful Parties” booklet con tains one completely planned pic nic. and our "Panhandlers' Pic nic” leaflet contains another. Send 5 cents (stamps or coin) for either of them, or 8 cents for both, to Kay Caldwell and Alden Harrison, in care of The Evening Star. 4 OTHER | DELICIOUS DESSERTS Butterscotch • Nut Chocolate Vanilla • Lamon Pin Filling \Jiriatn,*5 CVitn vine *&'®V . ttt&e or *>l , ■■■■■■■■■HI fifKil !MH I •5-*6 \ Bt nally SMART - *• COMFORTABLE '0 i ENKA JETTICK BOOT SHOP 1337 F Street !¥.W.