The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 3 (June 1, 1939)
Profusion accents Simplicity
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.