The cost of the wedding-gown itself is not included in the 25, as, if this amount represents the actual limit of expenditure, the coat and skirt, or afternoon dress, and best hat should form the bridal wear.

If the white wedding-gown can be afforded, it will serve as an evening dress in the future, or for wear in the summer, and so save adding an evening dress to the trousseau.

Items of a 25 Trousseau

As most young brides receive invitations to various festivities, and wish to do their husbands credit, allowance is made for an evening skirt and blouse for the bride married in her travelling dress.

The following list of necessary items of the trousseau is given as a working basis, but individual requirements vary so much that it is impossible to lay down any hard and fast rule. The prices quoted are those ruling at reliable shops for ready-made goods.

An Inexpensive Trousseau

s.

d.

1 Coat and skirt .. .. .. .. .. ..

3

3

0

1 Morning tweed skirt .. .. .. .. ..

0

10

6

2 Warm blouses, to cost .. .. .. .. .

0

13

6

3 Thin blouses, to cost .. .. .. .. ..

0

13

6

1 Evening skirt .. .. .. .. .. ..

1

1

0

1 Evening blouse .. .. .. .. .. ..

0

11

6

1 Afternoon hat .. .. .. .. .. ..

2

0

0

1 Long coat .. .. .. .. .. ..

1

5

0

1 Afternoon hat .. .. .. .. ..

0

13

0

1 Morning hat .. .. .. .. .. ..

0

6

0

2 Pairs of boots or walking shoes, at

10s 6d. per pair .. .. .. ..

1

1

0

1 Pair of house slippers .. .. .. ..

0

4

6

1 Pair of evening slippers.. .. .. ..

0

5

0

3 Pairs of gloves to cost .. .. .. ..

0

7

6

1 Pair of evening gloves .. .. .. ..

0

4

0

1 Warm dressing-gown .. .. .. ..

0

18

6

1 Cotton dressing-gown, or kimono .. ... ..

0

6

0

4 Summer nightdresses, at 5s. 6d. each .. .. ..

1

2

0

3 Woollen nightdresses, at 10s 6d. each .. .. ..

1

11

6

4 Camisoles, at 2s. 6d. each .. .. .. ..

0

10

0

2 Best camisoles, at 4s. 6d. each

0

9

0

1 Moirette Petticoat .. .. .. ..

0

10

6

2 Washing petticoats, at 3s. each .. .. ..

0

6

0

1 Evening petticoat .. .. .. .. ..

0

7

6

2 Pairs of knickers, at 4s. 6d. per pair

0

9

0

4 Pairs of longcloth knickers, at 2s. 11d.

per pair .. .. .. .. ..

0

11

8

1 Pair of best corsets .. .. .. .. ..

0

10

6

1 Pair of morning corsets .. .. .. ..

0

4

0

3 Pairs of summer combinations or chemises, at 2s. 11d. per pair .. ... ..

0

8

9

3 Pairs of winter combinations, at 4s. 11d.

per pair .. .. .. .. .. ..

0

14

9

12 Pairs of stockings (summer and winter), averaging 2s. per pair.. .. ..

1

4

0

2 Overalls, at 2s. 11d. each .. .. .. ..

0

5

10

1 Dozen best handkerchiefs, at 6d. each .. ..

0

6

0

1 Dozen morning handkerchiefs, at 4d.

each .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

0

4

0

Underclothing sundries .. .. .. .. ..

0

11

0

Laces and belts .. .. .. .. ..

0

10

6

Total .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

25

0

0