Your Evening Head Dress
( Originally Published 1924 )
With the Spanish influence in dress came huge combs, so large as to seem bizarre. These combs are of carved ivory, ebony, or tortoise. Combs set with colored stones or rhinestones, while chosen at times, are not as correct as the plain. With the low evening coiffure, two disk-like combs may be worn.
Bobbed hair can be made quite pleasing by bands of tulle or silver cloth swathed about the head, sometimes drawn up above the middle of the fore-head and fastened with a jewel, or the silver ribbon may be fastened at the side with a jeweled dagger. A thin banding of white tulle may cross the fore-head to slant over the left eye, where an arrow of sparkling jewels may pierce it.
Very often simply dressed hair asks for no assistance, but depends on its own sheen for loveliness. Sometimes massive and ornate earrings or jeweled bunches of grapes are worn, with a matching pendant about the neck. These earrings have supplanted the formality in head-dress which used to be observed.
A quaint spray of roses and silver leaves may be placed low at the base of the head to accentuate the very fashionable chignon. A similarly placed pearl net head-dress has a rather romantic suggestion. Two jeweled pins may be placed at the sides of the low coiffure. Every detail of hair dressing and hair decoration tends to carry out the fashion-able appearance of a small head.
Flowers for the younger woman are placed over the ears or very flat on one side above the low knot of hair. Certain daring ones have invented their own picturesque hair dress.
To give to shingled hair a transition from in-formality to the correct coiffure for evening, one finds many devices. Some of these will be inspired by historical head-dresses. A study in individuality will show a recurrence of characteristics of person-ages who controlled the destiny of design, and in the employment of the same personalized details real distinction will be obtained.
The head-dress for shingled hair may be a coronet of silver lamé trimmed with graduated rolls of the material, with rows of rhinestones set in between. This coronet just touches the eyebrows in front and comes down to the neck in the back.
Narrow bands of gold lamé, outlined with gold braid and embroidered with turquoise scarabs, may cross the forehead and the crown to join at right angles above the ears, over which hang to the neck-line gathered six-inch strips of the gold lamé. This too is outlined with gold braid and is trimmed with the same turquoise scarabs.
An Egyptian effect is produced by a head-dress of rhinestones and crystals. A silver band bordered with silver braid encircles the head from eyebrows to neck. From a width of two inches in front it is graduated to one inch in the back. The band is decorated with horizontal lines of crystal beads which break at the temples to give way to groups of rhinestones. From this, and beginning just in front of the ears, hang strands of crystal beads which are graduated in length from twelve inches to four at the back of the neck.
Plain bands of colorful tulle are very alluringly worn by the young girl whose bobbed hair is permitted to curl softly about her ears and neck.
Metallic or velvet ribbons are wound about the head to give the effect of the turban of India. One huge jewel may be placed directly over the forehead.
The head-dress should always exemplify the idea of the frock. For instance, a dainty, bouffant frock of pompadour silk and lace should never be accompanied by an Oriental turban.