Knitted wool coats are delightfully warm and light, and are very useful as an extra wrap after rinking or other exercise.
Narrow skirts are not adapted to the sportswoman, but, if worn, additional width and freedom can be obtained by the addition of pleats each side of the skirt, which allow full play to the limbs, and yet preserve the smart appearance.
Rich brocades and satins of Oriental colourings, gold tinsel and priceless lace, are lavished on these exquisite creations. Women for a coat suitable for wear on these occasions, but it could also be used for a travelling cloak. It is fashioned with a deep cape-like collar, and should be carried out in faced cloth.
The coat worn open, showing a pretty lace jabot,which gives a lighter effect to the costume
A pretty coat in faced cloth, suitable for theatre wear or for travelling in the daytime apparently make up for the soberness of their other attire by the almost barbaric splendour of their evening cloaks.
But these costly garments can only be worn by the woman who owns a motor or carriage, and for the woman who has perhaps to travel up by train to the theatre or concert a less conspicuous coat is desirable.
Our illustration not only gives a design
The bands of trimming in the design are of plush, either a darker shade of the colour of the cloth or contrasting.
They would look equally well in embroidery or fur. The colour of the bands should be introduced into the embroidery and tassels. The coat should be lined with cream satin or silk if intended for evening wear.
If fashion allows, the winter hat should be smaller in size than the summer one. Velvet, plush, felts - both hard and soft - are all appropriate to the season and wonderfully becoming to the wearer's face.
Wings are preferable to ostrich feathers, as they do not get out of order so quickly. Fur hats are rather hot and heavy, but trimmings of fur in millinery have a very pleasant effect. Feather hats are light and warm, and when well made last very well. Creamy white felt and plush hats are pretty and soft, especially with black trimmings.
The same rule applies to millinery as to the other items of dress, that it should look warm and seasonable as well as feel so.
For cold weather the wearing of lined leather gloves is not advisable. A pair of woollen gloves worn over kid ones are much warmer and better in every way, and they can be easily removed if the hands get too hot.
Those who suffer from cold hands should see that their gloves are long enough to cover the wrists, as it is most important to keep them warm. .
Gloves should never be tight; nothing makes the hands cold more quickly. . ..
For evening wear it is as well to have a pair of long white woollen gloves to wear over the kid ones while going to and fro to the theatre or dance; they keep the hands and arms warm and the evening gloves free from soil.
There are many little accessories to be had now for giving additional warmth to the costume. The shaped "mufflers in silk and fine wool are excellent for wearing with open coats, and some are made with upstanding collars to protect the throat.
There are also knitted waistcoats for wearing under coats which are rather too thin for very cold weather, and many other little contrivances, so that there is no excuse either for catching cold or for muffling up in ugly and unbecoming wraps.
A suitable hat for windy days in winter. The motor veil is adjusted so as to keep the hat in place and afford a pleasant warmth round the throat
Dress for Windy Weather
One of the fashions which motoring has introduced is that of the motor veil. It is a very convenient fashion, but the veil needs careful adjustment, or the effect will be the reverse of becoming.
Veils are to be bought very cheaply. A length of chiffon may be made into a motor veil with little trouble. A two-yard length of chiffon, gauze, or ninon should be cut in two, one length a few inches longer than the other. Then hem one end of each length, and run through both hems a piece of millinery wire, about 4 inches long. Join the ends of the wire into a ring. Next cut out a round of cardboard the size of the ring, cover it with a piece of the gauze, and then stitch it on to the ring ; this covers the wire and makes it neat. Then hem the other ends of the gauze, either with plain hemming or hemstitching, which gives a pretty finish.
If the two lengths of chiffon are joined for a few inches down from the circular crown on one side, complete protection is afforded for the back of the head.
The veil is then ready to put on. The circular part is pinned on to the hat, and the ends drawn down and tied under the chin, taking care to have the longer end on the right hand, if it is desired to have the ends of the bow even. If a motor veil is not cared for, a close-fitting hat of the description given in the illustration is a very comfortable style for windy days. To this hat chiffon strings coming from the sides are added, which help to keep the hat in place and give a pleasant warmth round the throat. These strings could, if desired, be taken round the back of the neck and then brought round to tie under the chin or at one side, giving additional warmth and security.
Gauntlet gloves are useful ; they prevent the wind from blowing up the sleeves.
For serviceable skirts it is not a bad plan to have the hem lined up inside with leather about four inches deep. It helps to weight the skirt and keep it down, and in wet weather if the hem gets muddy it can be easily sponged and dried.
Boots are the best wear for winter ; if shoes are worn, gaiters should be added for the sake of warmth and dryness. Raincoats of waterproofed cloth are preferred to mackintoshes by many ; they are healthier in wear and have no smell, and will resist any ordinary rain.
For winter wear all-wool undergarments are decidedly the best. However thin, if they are of pure wool they are a great safeguard against chills. But some skins are too sensitive for woollen underwear; for these a mixture of silk and wool is more comfortable and almost as warm.
Divided skirt knickers of a really warm, light material will be found a very comfortable substitute for the usual petticoat for everyday wear with shore dresses; for a long dress, of course, an underskirt is indispensable.
Stockings should be of wool or silk. The latter are the pleasantest wear; spun silk ones are not expensive and wear very well.
Nightdresses of flannel or nuns'-veiling are warm and cosy for winter nights. There are also woven woollen nightdresses in cream, or natural shade, trimmed with lace, which are both cheap and pretty.
In fact, the provision of raiment for a woman's comfort and well-being in cold winter days is very extensive ; comfort and beauty are so combined that if she is not suitably, warmly, and prettily clad it must be in great measure her own fault.