Debutante And The Bride
( Originally Published 1924 )
"'Tis now the Summer of your Youth,
Time has not cropped the roses from your cheek."
The Débutante loves clothes and she is a delight to dress.
She is slim—exercise has made her so—and tall (statistics show that girls are growing taller). She looks well in all her clothes. She has cultivated discrimination in clothes and has a rather critical judgment of what others wear. She can judge the contour, the carriage, even the dress, hat, shoes, of a person by one "unobserved glance."
"Coming out" ceremonies are not now attended by the formality of past generations. There is no definite line of demarcation between the time before and the time after one has become a unit in a social set. The girl's contact with life begins long before she has finished her schooling—a truth which be gets truth, for girls to-day are honest and unafraid. However, when the young girl is formally introduced into society, it is usually at a dance given in her own home by her family, or in the house of a relative; sometimes it is held at a smart hotel or in one of the ballrooms of a large restaurant.
The Débutante should first of all cultivate simplicity in dress and manner. Her charm will take care of itself.
Now, because her life can not be always a whirl of festivities and she must walk an earthly path at times, let us divert her mind with a discussion of ordinary raiment.
For morning shopping, a suit made with a short box-coat and a wrapped round skirt is convenient and smart. It need not be blue; it can be green or some other color, one of the lovely inconspicuous shades.
Besides the formal suit, she may have a delicious outfit of coral kasha made with a circular, flaring, boot-top skirt trimmed with a three-inch band of natural skunk; the coat straight and trimmed with coral and black buttons. With it she wears the same little black untrimmed felt hat that went with the shopping-suit outfit.
For wear under a fur coat, the débutante chooses a straight frock of a woolen novelty material, or a plaid, or any other tailored frock.
A black velvet frock is indispensible to the débutante. This should be made with a bodice of long lines, with the skirt shirred on the hips, and with tight fitting sleeves with tiny puffs at the top and with tulle layers finishing the cuffs.
The black velvet frock may have a collar of lace or flattering ermine bands. With the velvet dress, a wide straight-brimmed velvet hat should be worn.
Several crêpe de Chine dresses, to be worn under fur coats, will be excellent for afternoon.
A number of evening gowns will be necessary. At least one should be on straight lines, perhaps a peach-colored moire with silver lights, silver cloth lining in the sash which encircles the hips, and panels which combine with the sash and fall at the left front; beaded shoulder straps and a six-inch hem of skunk complete the frock. She may also have one flounced tulle evening frock and a velvet bouffante one. Then the débutante must possess many simple dancing frocks—the kind that have poise, sufficient endurance to withstand modern dancing.
In sports apparel, the Débutante follows her own sweet will. She may be original or follow the leader. It is a matter that her own piquant personality decides.