Clothes For Traveling
( Originally Published 1924 )
Luggage that is to be taken abroad should be marked in red with some insignia other than one's own name. Two red stars, three red triangles are examples. This insignia should also be on a card which can be handed to the porter whose duty it is to find your baggage, in a different manner than the American checking system. The porter may speak an unknown tongue, but he will understand quickly this sign language.
The Luggage that Accompanies
We smile at pictures of the old-fashioned coaches of days before the Civil War. They were piled high with bandboxes and carpetbags and bird-cages. From the window over the door there smiles out a traveler's face whose coquettish beauty is enhanced by her frilly bonnet. When the door opens and she alights, the picture becomes even more alluring. Her tiny waist and the sweeping hoop-skirt, her dainty foot in its flat-heeled slipper, her long mits and her lovely hands, all these have a charm that is irresistible. This Little Lady could not abandon her dainty apparel for even a coach trip. Her very inconsistency multiplied her charms.
Today a taxicab whirls off to the station the twentieth-century traveler and her sturdy luggage. Her wardrobe trunk combines the good points of clothes-press, chiffonier, hat and shoe cases, and even laundry accessories. This trunk is one of the most ingenious of our modern inventions. No unpacking is necessary, for the trunk is merely opened when it arrives and, at a word, folds up and continues its onward way. An extra hat-box; a golf-club trunk, which is quite an improvement over the bag, for this trunk can be checked as the bag could not; a suit case, a dog trunk, but no bird-cage! Birds and kitties have had their day; it's the dog's day now.
On a European journey, every bit of luggage that is at all unnecessary should be left behind, for travel there is not as simple as in America, where baggage can so easily be checked. For traveling, one usually wears a semi-sport suit, a tiny hat close fitting over her shingled hair (some prefer to wear veils too), oxfords, and plain sports hose, heavy leather gloves, and a silk shirt. This is a suitable outfit for deck tramping as well. Another traveler is wearing a simple one-piece frock of navy blue twill, heavy pumps with silk hose, lighter weight gloves, but the same sort of hat as her companion,
Both women carry leather purses, and over their arms hang big top coats. These coats accompany all their travels en route, by boat, train, or motor. Weather is an uncertain element, and the best way to deal with it is to be continually prepared for the worst.
Nellie Bly had one suit case to carry her worldly goods on a trip around the world ! It is astonishing, however, how much one can carry in such a manner.
A frock of lace will fold into a tiny space and can be packed without crushing. This dress will answer for dinners, for the theater, or for any informal afternoon affair.
It is nice to have for afternoon as many frocks of crêpe de Chine or crêpe de Georgette as the case will hold. These should be both light and dark in tone. A light colored one may answer for a dinner dress. On a long train trip, when several days are to be spent in the coach, a dark crêpe silk or, in warm weather, a heavy Georgette over a matching slip, will be most comfortable. Pumps should be worn to accompany this costume. The wearing of beaded afternoon dresses, however, for traveling displays a woful lack of good taste.
Here is an opportunity for one coat to have a double purpose if it is reversible, for one side may be dark green and the other a dull tan. A coat lighter than the utility or top coat is very needful in summer. Silk is a good material.
Steamer rugs are now supplied for a small sum by the stewards on out-bound trans-Atlantic steamers, so the old-time bundle of rugs is no longer necessary.
For sports clothes, a plain cream crêpe de Chine frock will answer many needs. A crushable cream felt hat or one made of heavy silk should go with it.
It will be necessary to carry five pairs of shoes—two pairs of walking shoes which can be worn on alternate days, one pair of afternoon slippers, a pair for the dinner dress, and plain white sports shoes.
The hat box, if it goes along, will be a real friend, for into it, along with the hats, can be tucked away many small articles which must not be crushed in the tight packing of the suit case. A smart turban will answer for wear with afternoon frocks, and, of course, with a dinner frock one does not wear a hat.
Gloves such as are suited for similar occasions at home may easily be carried.
In underclothing is where the soft glove-silk lingerie is most desirable. Three of each article should be sufficient. One set can be daily rinsed out in one's own room, and thus a fresh supply can al-ways be assured. Handkerchiefs of colored linen, for white ones grow yellow, can be dried on the mirror.
For the negligée a pair of soft folding pullman slippers and a robe which may be lined and, like the evening coat, play a double rôle will prove sufficient.
The One Who Luxuriates in Travel
If the anticipated season abroad gives promise of being very gay, it is wise to leave some clothing needs at present unfilled, for the Parisian couturières to supply. It is wise to carry many trunks if such shopping is anticipated.
However, at best one needs very few clothes for the ocean trip. It is not in good taste to appear elaborately dressed on ship-board, and the fad of wearing a different gown every night is ridiculous. It is very provincial to promenade the deck in silken gowns and elaborate hats. Sturdy walking clothes, two dinner gowns one light and one dark, are all that one needs. An evening coat is not really necessary.
For country wear in England, wear sport clothes as do the English women. The delightful English garden parties require afternoon dresses, not necessarily of silk but whatever seems dainty and fresh. At receptions, formal gowns should be worn. Evening gowns should be worn to the nine o'clock dinner, in the country as well as in the city. Evening wraps should include one that is sufficiently warm enough for England's chilly fogs.
A Long Motor Trip
Sports clothes are ideal for the long motor trip. Bad days often come when a woman looks far better in clothes that are practical ; and outing clothes of to-day are so attractive that they can stand the critical stare of sunshine as well. Conservative things are always best in the selection of motoring clothes, for extremes suggest commonness. A heavy top-coat is necessary, and a dress which is both simple and smart. The knitted one-piece or two-piece frocks are splendid for motoring, for they do not crush. There are varieties in weight and in the quality of the yarn. A plain soft hat, which is light enough to be comfortable, and shoes which are not loud in cut or color are best. Some prefer suits of knickers with easily adjusted wrap-round skirt, short box coat, and silk shirt. One is rested by changing for dinner, when a stop is made at a hotel, and an afternoon dress of material which does not crush easily and a hat and shoes in accord may be carried in a suit case, hat-box, or trunk. Silk knitted underwear takes up little room. One makes a mistake in carrying a large number of clothes. Since sports clothes have become so popular, a good looking outfit is suitable for many occasions.