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Letter to her mother describing her search for a new suit and discussing what type of suit she should buy.
3/8/34 [handwritten] [stationary heading] WELLESLEY, MASS. Thursday AM in Comp. Dearest - Waitin’ for the lady to appear - & she's late. This probably won't be able to be continued for very long - but hello anyway. - Here she comes [typed] Later Yes'm, she came, so I perforce had to stop, cause, unlike History class last year, I sit right under her nose, and it's a very knowing nose. I’ve now managed to do 2 weeks washing, ironing, and have eaten a most excellent lunch with graham crackers, cream cheese and strawberry jam for dessert. I have a great great many things to do at present, so I'se afraid this epistle won't be too long. Nothing very exciting has happened anyway. I looked at suits in Boston yesterday, but couldn't find any in our price range. What I want, that is. I'm looking for a three piece affair with the under part an indoor suit of its own, and the coat simply matching to be used until real spring comes--that is, to be worn around the streets of New York, and with the possibility of being taken off when going indoors. Don't you think that's about the most practical sort of one I could choose? I may have to have it made, to get what I want. I don't think I want one of those skirts and swagger coat ones, mainly because every gal and her sister have one. [Page 2] What do you think of Soldat Blue? It's a new shade of soft grayish blue, something like the color of the French army uniforms, and is being shown quite a lot. About how much do you think I should pay for it? The average for the 2 piece affairs seems to be about 19.50, and for 3 piece, anywhere from 25 to 49, and I did see one with fur for 169! However, I don't want to spend more than 20 or 25 at the most, and if I can't get one for that, I guess I'll have to have it made----even though it might take quite a while. I'd like your opinion of the matter. I’m going in Saturday again to look further. If I don't get the suit in that color, I may get my formal in that blue. I could do a lot more with it later in the way of making an informal out of it by way of a jacket, etc. if it were a color, than as if it were white satin, and if I had it made, I think I could get about as good looking. This clothes question takes time an awful lot of thought in order not to be extravagant, and to be clever the same time. I want to know exactly want [mis-spelling: what] I want before I get anything, so forgive the seeming going on forever about this momentous question! But I'm afraid I mustn’t think longer about it--cause-----well-----just cause-----WORK-----period But love in the midst of it [handwritten] And a heck of a lot of it! Ginny
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Clothing and dress; Money; Food
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 March 8" (1934). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 105.