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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 (March 2, 1936)


Shades of the English autumn, ambers from the yellow of a falling poplar leaf to the richly saturated brown carpeting a path through a beech wood— these are the colours of new dress materials in hairy or cellophane wools, or sheer voile weaves.

Styles and combinations of materials are interesting. Have a shirt-waist frock in wool with dark accents, or a velveteen one with a plaid jacket over it. Or have one made like a coat with bulk in the sleeve cut or wide revers. With a frock of sophisticated cut wear a demure little turned down-collar; vary it with wide collar and cuffs; have your collar or jabot of starched linen. Choose buttons, belts and scarves for originality, individuality.

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Dainty summer dance frocks have had their butterfly season. Now we turn to heavy satins, silks with a matt finish, velvets. The line is classic, unadorned or with Grecian draperies skilfully enhancing the line. Shoulders are still covered. Girdles adorn medieval gowns. Flowers may cluster at a neck-line.

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Coats retain shoulder width, usually obtained by sleeve cut as in the bellsleeve with two big tucks to accentuate width. Pull-through scarf collars are as smart as the elegant capes of fur or fur-cloth. Persian lamb is popular. Velveteen asserts itself on the collar of a tweed coat.

Swaggers may be longer or shorter, full length or two-thirds with a full, rippling back. They are smartest in plaids, the bolder the better. A smart ensemble consists of a flared tunic coat (seven-eighths) finished with fur-cloth and worn over a slim skirt. Notable also is the jacket with dolman sleeves.

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Suits are tailored and correct, or jacket and skirt seem to have come together by a happy chance, as with the flaring tunic coat with a collar of velveteen and a contrasting skirt. A tailored jacket may be topped off with a cape. Hip-length is usual for a jacket. Blouses for suits are mannish or frilly according to the wearer's type or mood.

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Hats are worn recklessly as in the case of the glengarry cap and the tyroleans, high - pointed and stuck through the crown with a bright feather. A wing or plume heightens a swathed toque. Halo or aureole hats adorn the young and beautiful.