Clothes For The Week-end Visit
( Originally Published 1924 )
The week-end wardrobe does not necessarily contain a multiplicity of garments. The size of the trunk does not always determine the success of its contents. Three frocks that are appropriate and attractive are more to be desired than a dozen that do not exactly fit the occasion.
Of first consideration should be the suit in which one travels. This, of course, is well-tailored, and is accompanied by a trim little hat, a fetching blouse, and a wrap carried over the arm.
An invitation to a week-end party at once creates an appetite for out-of-door sports. If it is summer, there will be tennis, golf, and riding, if it is winter, there will probably be skating, tobogganing, and skiing, and it is a wise lady who has suitable clothing for as many as possible of the sports.
There are other "week-end" clothes which serve largely for decorative purposes and are more picturesque in repose than in action. They seem especially suited to the veranda life of country house or country club. These frocks are generally of white crępe or flannel or any other popular fabric, but they must be soft, loose, and apparently simple. A dress of light colored crępe, or one of printed silk, with a hat slightly more elaborate than a sports hat may be worn when one is watching sports or for the Saturday and Sunday luncheon. Elaborate clothes are not smart at weekend parties except for older women.
Evening gowns suggest the butterfly in their delicate hues.
There is the insouciant one who finds her indifference rewarded by a harmony with occasion's moods; then there is her antithesis—the one, and there are many replicas of her, who tries so hard to please. She is the one who wears sport clothes,
worked out meticulously as to their practical quality for sports when what she intends to do is to sit on the side-lines as a spectator only. In elaborate and extremely ultra evening clothes she contrasts with every one else who is wearing unpretentious dinner frocks. What is it that makes these dear people always wrong? Is it the quality which impressed the aristocratic old Duchesse as she looked at the young girl whom her only nephew had married, as she was burying her girlish charms in black velvets and diamonds such as the dowager wore. She said, as she leaned on her cane, "What a pity that your mother and your grandmother did not know how to wear clothes !" American women are alert; they catch the finer points of dress-judgment quickly, for they observe. They may not be to the manner born, but they are born actresses, and they keep in character in their wardrobes. So the one who always wears the wrong thing will, in time, become extinct.