The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 3 (June 1, 1935)
Our Women's Section — Timely Notes and Useful Hints
This Season's Finish.
Last Season's Frock.
How about that smooth woollen frock in your wardrobe? It was smart last winter, but this year, though the cut is right and the length is right it doesn't feel right. In fact, it bores you to put it on. Now is the time for the expenditure of a shilling or two and a little ingenuity. We will focus attention on the neckline. Perhaps the frock has a turn-down collar; a triangular scarf, or piece of patterned silk, may be arranged with one point at mid-front and the ends tying under the collar at the back. Or a wide, double bow in smart taffeta may tuck under the collar at the front and lend just that air of newness which you require. An “afternoon” finish is given by the addition of a deep “bib” in silk or satin, softly draped, and clipped to give the square effect at the neckline.
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Probably last year's “best” evening frock is not trained and consequently seems rather useless to you. But alter it slightly, and you will dance gaily in it. Add a short cape of rucked tulle in a pastel shade, to tone or contrast, and you will be charming. The covered shoulder-line may be attained by attaching bands or ruckings of material at the arm-hole edge of the shoulder, and continuing in a straight line about a foot down the front and back of the corsage.
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Long, trailing ends are a feature of the evening mode. They may be scarf ends, sash ends, or merely attached at the neck-line and floating decoratively but uselessly. Bear this fact in mind when refurbishing. By the way, some evening materials dye beautifully. A dyeing day and new accessories work wonders for clever young things with many engagements, some dress sense and little money.
Artificial flowers, big and beautiful, are blooming this winter. I first fell in love with white camellias on black velvet. One or more petalled beauties on the corsage or accenting the back decolletage are definitely smart.
If your wardrobe is graced by a black velvet, give it a present this winter. For formal dinner or bridge, kimono sleeves of gold lamé will add a fashionable gleam. Or, for the young thing, nothing could be more lovely than a deep silver collar with wide double revers. The deep collar is a quaint and very smart touch on one or two of the newest gowns. A well-cut black velvet may form the foundation for one of the new evening blouses in metallic fabrics which the fashion-books have spoken of for some time, but which have just recently appeared in our shops. And so smart they are, too.
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Evening shoes are in court or sandal styles. Many are dyed to match frocks. Silver kid is attractive and has the advantage of doing double, treble or quadruple duty according to the number of your frocks.
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Evening bags are in pouch or pochette shapes. Many in pastel shades are cleverly beaded. Diamante clips accent black bags. Most have handles for slipping over the arm, a very sensible idea for evening entertainments.
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Long evening gloves may be had in pastel tints as well as in the range of shades from white to coffee colour.
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The new evening slips are important, especially for the lady in lace. She will probably choose a sheath slip in satin beauté to wear under the gown which cascades so softly from slender shoulders to the back fullness of a short train.
Helping Lame Dogs.
Joan has just rushed in to talk to me. She and Angela came to tea last week and were full of talk about the opening of the Badminton season. Angela had nominated a new member who worked in the same office and seemed rather lonely. Angela is always doing kind-hearted things on the spur of the moment, and afterwards, sometimes, regretting them. This time, according to Joan, she had introduced quite the wrong kind of girl into their club, a jolly club, where everyone knows everyone else, and jokes and banter are the order of the evening. The new girl, it seems, comes from the country, has only been in town two months, has never mixed with people much, is hard to talk to, is, in fact, no “mixer.”
“She just sits there,” said Joan, “and expects us to make a fuss of her. We have tried to drag her into things, but she never sees the point of our jokes, and when we arrange Badminton sets for her, she never seems to enjoy them, and hardly takes the trouble even to swipe at the shuttles. Her partner has to do all the work, and the good players won't be bothered with her because she's not even keen. And then to-day, coming home from work, I met her and we walked a little way together. She actually talked, but anyone so abrupt and brusque I never did meet. Said she felt left out of things at the club, and didn't think she got as many games as other people. Said we didn't talk to her, and here, for three weeks, we've been trying to pull Angela's ugly duckling into things, and sending the cheeriest lads to talk to her, but she's such heavy weather they give up. There's gratitude for you! Well!”—and Angela slumped dramatically into my best easy chair.
Of course, I don't know the girl, but I've been talking to Joan, and page 59 Joan admits there may be something in my viewpoint. The very fact that this girl wanted to join Badminton shows that she is craving for companionship, that she wants to do things and be friendly. Probably she has never had a chance to develop social qualities, and now that she is suddenly among young things who've lived a social life from their cradles, she's hopelesly out of her element. But she'll learn. If only Angela does not tire of well-doing, and the rest of the crowd show a little consideration, a lonely, miserable, self-conscious little girl will enter into her heritage of youthful gaiety.