If cotton or lisle-thread hosiery is preferred, it is considered more hygienic if the soles of the stockings are of natural wool.
Several pairs of stockings in consecutive wear will save the busy girl tedious darning, as also will those with "double" heels and toes. Nothing, however, is better than adherence to the old-fashioned method of "running" new hosiery before wearing. Thin wool should be used for this, the loops cut at the end of the rows of darning, which should not make a straight hard line at the top of the running; a waved or uneven line that comes well above the shoe is the best. Some workers claim that darning or running diagonally across the material is far better than the old-fashioned square darning. The new thread, they say, "gives" better to the stretching of the woven foundation.
Gloves are an item of dress that must not be overlooked when apportioning the dress allowance. They are apt to form a considerable addition to the necessary expenditure unless due foresight is exercised.
For practical wear choose gloves that fit easily and do not cramp the hand, for opening railway-carriage doors and getting on and off omnibuses is a strain, and an otherwise perfectly satisfactory make will split solely through being stretched too tightly.
Although the hat, with other outdoor garments, is not worn in the office, it comes under the rules guiding the business girl's attire. It certainly requires to possess hard-wearing qualities, for it is impossible to always protect it from the rain by the umbrella.
In the summer straw and chip hats are available, with darker straws and felts for winter wear. Flowers and ostrich feathers are apt to give a tawdry appearance to a hat after a very short period of use, and while the hat will often "make" a costume, the contrary holds good, and it often " mars " one.
Reserve the wearing of tweed hats for the country; they do not often give a good effect in town, and unless of excellent quality are apt to get out of shape rather quickly besides being heavy in weight.
On very windy days a veil should be worn, even if it is not in general use, as it is invaluable in keeping the hair in order, and also protects it from the effects of rain. A fringe net also is most useful for the same reason.
A business woman, engaged from morning to night is greatly handicapped by lack of the time in which to select and care for her clothes. Should her office happen to be situated near the shopping quarter she may certainly be able to give up her lunch hour to the purchase of materials, or of a coat or costume, but unless the " hour " is an elastic term it does not allow much time for comparison or choice. At the end of her day's work the best shops are closed, or on the point of closing, and it means, in winter at least, buying by artificial light. An occasional walk round to look at the goods displayed in the windows, either at lunch-time, or in the evening, or Saturday afternoon, when many windows are obligingly left unshuttered, is by no means waste of time, as it gives an idea of what is being stocked, and where the best value can be obtained.