Our Deportment eBook

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ORDINARY EVENING DRESS.

The ordinary evening house dress should be tasteful and becoming, with a certain amount of ornament, and worn with jewelry.  Silks are the most appropriate for this dress, but all the heavy woolen dress fabrics for winter, and the lighter lawns and organdies for summer, elegantly made, are suitable.  For winter, the colors should be rich and warm, and knots of bright ribbon of a becoming color, should be worn at the throat and in the hair.  The latter should be plainly dressed.  Artificial flowers and diamonds are out of place.  This is both a suitable dress in which to receive or make a casual evening call.  If a hood is worn, it must be removed during the call.  Otherwise a full dress bonnet must be worn.

DRESS FOR SOCIAL PARTY.

For the social evening party, more latitude is allowed in the choice of colors, material, trimmings, etc., than for the ordinary evening dress.  Dresses should cover the arms and shoulder; but if cut low in the neck, and with short sleeves, puffed illusion waists or some similar device should be employed to cover the neck and arms.  Gloves may or may not be worn, but if they are they should be of some light color.

DRESS FOR CHURCH.

The dress for church should be plain, of dark, quiet colors, with no superfluous trimming or jewelry.  It should, in fact, be the plainest of promenade dresses, as church is not the place for display of fine clothes.

THE DRESS FOR THE THEATRE.

The promenade dress with the addition of a handsome cloak or shawl, which may be thrown aside if it is uncomfortable, is suitable for a theatre.  The dress should be quiet and plain without any attempt at display.  Either a bonnet or hat may be worn.  Gloves should be dark, harmonizing with the dress.

DRESS FOR LECTURE AND CONCERT.

For the lecture or concert, silk is an appropriate dress, and should be worn with lace collars and cuffs and jewelry.  A rich shawl or velvet promenade cloak, or opera cloak for a concert is an appropriate outer garment.  The latter may or may not be kept on the shoulders during the evening.  White or light kid gloves should be worn.

CROQUET, ARCHERY AND SKATING COSTUMES.

Croquet and archery costumes may be similar, and they admit of more brilliancy in coloring than any of the out-of-door costumes.  They should be short, displaying a handsomely fitting but stout boot, and should be so arranged as to leave the arms perfectly free.  The gloves should be soft and washable.  Kid is not suitable for either occasion.  The hat should have a broad brim, so as to shield the face from the sun, and render a parasol unnecessary.  The trimming for archery costumes is usually of green.

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