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Clothes For The Theater

( Originally Published 1924 )

Where are you going to sit when you go to the theater ?—In a box? Then wear a dinner dress and evening coat—but not the elaborate costume which the Opera demands. In the pit, the same sort of clothes are worn—no elaborate head-dresses, but hair neatly coiffured. If one sits in the balcony, unless in the front row, she wears afternoon clothes —a dress of silk and coat of fur, or cloth and fur, or a three-piece suit.

There are times when more elaborate dresses may be worn, such as at a college or at charity benefits.


The guests wear afternoon costumes—of silk, velvet, satin, or crępe. With the dresses are worn somewhat elaborate hats, pumps, suitable gloves, and very little jewelry. Those in the receiving line and the aides do or do not wear hats according to the place of meeting. If the entertainment is in a hotel, it is extremely formal and hats should be worn by all. At a boarding school tea only the guests wear hats—never the hostess or her aides. Street clothes are worn for an informal tea,


"At Paris it was, at the Opera there ;
And she looked like a queen in a book, that night,
With the wreath of pearl in her raven hair.—
Like a queen she leaned on her full white arm,
With that regal indolent air she had
So confident in her charm.
Oh, the faint, sweet smell of that jasmin-flower."--

The interior of the opera-house on the first night of the season reminds one of a gathering of royalty —so magnificent, so enchanting, is the spectacle of beautiful women and their luxurious gowns. Gowns of velvet, of silver cloth and rich brocade, and always jewels—with their reminder of Marguerite. One beholds long ropes of pearls, glittering head dresses, colorful fans—the eye is almost drunk with color. Slippers of brocaded satin and metal cloth, with their tiny diamond buckles, and long white kid gloves are correct accessories.

The corsage is no longer worn. Rose color in all of its tints and shades is lovely for evening wear. From draperies of delicate flesh color to shell pink and coral, and even the deeper rose, there is much to choose from. There is a lovely mauve in chiffon, satin, and metal cloth—or if you prefer a green, there is sumptuous brocade bordered with chinchilla. Other alluring colors are sapphire in a metallic fabric draped over a corsage of creamy lace, dark purple satin for one's sparkling gems, black velvet with square cut bodice and narrow straps over the shoulders. One may choose for decoration long ropes of pearls, or a wide bandeau of diamonds across the hair, long pendant diamond earrings, a large fan of two long graceful snowy ostrich plumes. White brocade is very rich looking, especially if one wears a diamond and emerald tiara and a fan of emerald plumes. Other costumes are white satin, with a fan of dark blue ostrich lined with white plumes, and a garland of blue velvet leaves in the hair; shimmering silver brocade; cloth of silver and silver lace.

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