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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 3 (June 1, 1939)

Etceteras For Individuality

Etceteras For Individuality

Slimly â la mode, with her short skirt, long legs, bolero, eyebrows naturally arched, the young girl considers the excitement of winter accessories. Her tailleur, her three-piece, her swing coat, are of a line and a colour laid down by fashion. But in accessories she can indulge her love for richness and colour.

With a sports suit or skirt she will wear a Tyrolean-style pullover, embroidered with bright little flowers of beads. Black diagonals and white edgings accent the whole.

For smartest town occasions, and for cocktail time, she will wear a bird's nest on her head, a nest of mink tails on which perches a brightly coloured bird. In the same mode is her evening skull cap with its spray of osprey feathers.

Against the simplicity of high neckline in a dark hostess frock will glow a tiered string of pearls, three rows, four rows, five, or even six rows. Or she may prefer her pearls with contrasts, as in the glorious lily-of-the-valley clip with its diamond “bindings” and green-enamelled leaves.

A suede hand-bag of charm has a fluted fan-shell edge and unusual rounded handles finishing in a point deep down on the bag.

Belts are important accents. To hold the softness of chiffon pleats, what more charming than simple leaves of gold kid. For a dark frock, any woman would covet half-a-dozen coloured thongs of leather twisted into a girdle. For golf, a sports lover craves a utility belt (such as that sketched) with roomy pockets attached. A leather “brooch,” to be pinned to neckline, belt or pocket, carries tees and a golf pencil. A leather wrist-strap serves a dual purpose by having slots for tees.

Profusion accents Simplicity.

What gaiety in this season of plenty! Costume jewellery is larger and brighter, concentrated in one gleam on the corsage, or scattered into smaller pieces, clips, brooches, dress-rings, bracelets. Evening jewels are no more sumptuous than those we place on the simplest day-time frocks.

Ostrich plumes wave in profusion. They may nestle against black velours for street wear, or nod entrancingly from evening coiffures. Marabout, leaving the boudoir, is fashionable for day-time wear in a tiny crown, pinned glitteringly to the coiffure.

Millinery is once more an art. The flattery of veils is exploited. Veiling may drape a crown, soften a brim or encircle, nebulously, neck and chin. The wimple may be regarded as a revival of a medieval fashion or the development of the art of the veil.

Fur, of course, denies simplicity to “town” coats. It overflows the shoulders on to sleeves and fronts. A wonderful evening cloak is fashioned, not of skins, but of narrow bands of fur worked marvellously into a full and flowing garment.

There is profusion, of course, in evening skirts, and in the fullness of very short day-time frocks, so youthful in line. The exposed length of leg should be of a “young girl” slimness, or, regretfully, the latest day-time silhouette is not for you.

Gloves are contradictory. While some sleeves have crept up, gloves are short, of wrist length only. Paris mittens, in lamé, have transparent fingers, and are fastened with narrow ribbon at the wrist.

Feet? Important, very! Use colour, carefully, in day-time shoes; but for evening be daring. A Paris house shows dainty shoes, one green, one rose, but both with heels of mauve.