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Clothing For The Mother To Be

( Originally Published 1924 )

There never were clothes so suited to maternity as those of to-day. Most of these garments are made in one piece, supported by the shoulder and scientifically correct for the woman who is enciente. Long flowing draperies and voluminous coats conceal all irregularities of figure and give ease and poise which all women should have in the days of expectant motherhood.

Corsets should be fitted accurately by an expert corsétière. Only low-heeled shoes should be worn.

At this period more than at any other time in her life, a woman should make herself attractive by giving extreme care to her physical fitness, her mental poise; she should make a habit of careful grooming and the wholesome thoughts which ac-company pretty clothes.

With the renewed popularity of the formal tea gown (which can be as elaborate or as simple as she chooses) delightful costumes for maternity are easily found. One of these alluring robes is very flower-like, made with layers of chiffon over crêpe silk of the most delicate pink. Hydrangea-blue gauze veils the rose chiffon and a silk slip of flesh color. A poetic gown is evolved from a symphony of beige, corn colored, and café au lait chiffon. A beautiful tea-gown is made from the fuchsia shades in chiffon—purple, magenta, and orchid—the rose tint of a satin slip glowing faintly beneath.

A more practical gown can be fashioned from black silk crêpe, the foundation of the gown being a straight unbelted plaited dress. A scarf of georgette goes around the shoulders like a shawl, outlining the square neck of the dress, meeting at the center of the waist and falling in soft folds to the bottom of the dress; or, instead of the scarf, the plaited dress which has long close-fitting sleeves could be covered with a knee-length Chinese coat of black crêpe satin, the edges outlined with a three-inch band of dull gold embroidery.

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