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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April 1, 1937)


If you have a smart skirt, trim and short, in velvet, or a lightweight woollen, by all means obtain a tunic to wear over it. If you are tall, the flaring tunic is your choice. Not owning a suitable skirt, I prefer to invest in a frock as the basis for my tunic. My frock will be black, a woollen with a crepe finish. Its skirt and waist will be slim; the sleeves fitting, except at the shoulder where they will puff slightly; the bodice will have a fullness, either gathered to a yoke or neatly pleated to the neckline and waist; the collar will be detachable, depending for colour on the accent I choose for my frock. I know that the belt will have large and eye-taking clasps, expensive-seeming. The frock unadorned will lie flat and unperceived under my tunic, ready for the time when the tunic fashion will be killed by its very popularity—or rather by the unsuitable people who wear it.

The peplum will not die so easily. The jacket flare and the frock frill continue to vie in attractiveness with the princess silhouette. The latter style, of course, is for the figure-perfect. Those of us who are not so sure of our lines will retain belts and the bodice fullness. With a good foundation garment we dare the hip-fitting gown.

To those who do not care to spend too much on a winter wardrobe, I suggest that frock materials be purchased as reasonably as possible, and that a little extra be spent on accessories—belt buckles, buttons, clips, collar and cuff sets. Regard the dress as a background. Make sure the colour is right, not too obtrusive, but definite, and build up your effect against this. Consider the varied schemes that could be built up against rust, silver grey, petrol blue, or the new brown.

With the increasing beauty of woollens and silks, and also of the synthetic fabrics, no woman need fear that by paying a reasonable amount per yard she is thereby branding her outfit as “cheap.”