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Bride And Her Trousseau

( Originally Published 1924 )

The mode of life which is to follow the wedding should determine the character of the trousseau. Lines and fabrics and style in clothes change so much from one season to the next that a few clothes sufficiently adequate to present needs seem a better policy than a wealth of garments which will soon be out of fashion.

The bridal gown is usually chosen in accordance with the time of day when the ceremony will be performed. In America it is often the custom to have the ceremony before five o'clock in the evening. This leaves a choice between a morning, a noon, or an afternoon affair.

For a morning wedding, the bride usually wears her traveling costume—a suit, or a wool or silk coat dress which is accompanied by fur coat, or by one of cloth or dull silk.

For a home wedding in the summer, a soft cream crêpe de Chine frock is very pleasing to those who believe that marriage should never have an appearance of display. But there are others who feel that the dignity of the ceremonial is deepened by observing certain traditions and forms. It is but a question of one's personal feeling. There should of course be freedom from ostentation.

Many brides select for wedding gowns quaint period costumes rather than those which are in accord with prevailing or advanced ideas in style. The period costume is usually one which harmonizes with a veil of heirloom lace. The materials are generally crêpe satin, crêpe de Chine, lace, chiffon and brocade. Simplicity is always the ruling idea. The gowns are usually made with trains, but they may have long or short sleeves.

The bride who goes out a great deal socially should have four morning costumes. She also needs at least four evening gowns, four simpler dance frocks, and several evening wraps chosen with an idea of suiting each formal costume with an accompaning wrap. There should be four or more frocks for home wear; her sport clothes should be tweed or homespun with low, flat-heeled shoes, woolen mixture hose, sports hats and coats.

The bride whose life is to be more simple should have one costume that is exactly suited for each occasion which forms her round of activities. This will probably mean an attractive morning dress and a little finer one for afternoons. A rather formal evening dress and one adaptable sports outfit. Her home clothes can be made very attractive without a great outlay.

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