14 NOVEMBER 1931, Page 11


" Your smile," we read in a prominent fashion journal, " should be changed to suit your hat ; there is nothing so unbecoming as certain expressions with unsuitable clothes."

We agree profoundly. With some of the latest things in ladies' headgear, nothing less than a surgical operation could achieve the correct proportions. We scent a conspiracy between dress shops and beauty parlours. The well-dressed woman, when ordering a new garment, will have her face lifted to match it. With the hard outlines of a British tailored costume a florid Titianesque countenance will be en vogue: while the baroque femininities of taffeta and chiffon will be balanced by Gothically chiselled features.

With such an ordeal to be faced we may prophesy a fashion for remaining in the same clothes for a week at a stretch.