Home Relations, Unit I - Clothing Section (30-40 periods)




  1. To give the girls an understanding of the value of good grooming and of the part that clothing contributes to this.
  2. To give information that will aid in the selection of clothing suited to the type of individual and to the occasion.
  3. To give some knowledge of values so that girls may be successfully guided in purchasing appropriate clothing on a limited income.
  4. To give information regarding textiles that will be of aid in the selection and care of clothing and home furnishings.


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Topical Outline

Suggested Approaches and Procedures

Student Activity


1. The well-groomed girl.

I. The Figure:

1. Posture: standing, walking, sitting.

2. Body health:

(a) Rest and sleep.

(b) Exercise.

(c) Diet.

(d) Elimination.

3. Cleanliness.

(a) Deodorants and astringents.

(b) Baths.

II. The Face:

1. Cosmetics.

2. Make-up to aid nature: Avoid accentuating poor features.

3. Teeth-care.

4. Hair:

(a) Well cared for.

(b) Dressed to suit features.

III. The Hands:

1. Condition of the skin.

2. Nails.


IV. The Clothes we Choose:




With the aid of the class, make up a list of good looking women.


Discuss how desirable features are developed.





Discuss the use of creams, powders, and soap and water. Give demonstration if feasible.


Discuss care of teeth and visits to the dentist.

Discuss hair arrangement with relation of head nose and face.

Demonstrate simple, through home manicure.

Discuss nail polishes in relation to good taste.

Describe the most attractive woman the student knows.

What is understood y the term good taste?








Analyze face, deciding which are the best features and which may be improved or made inconspicuous.





1. Becoming to the type and personality- stylish but not extreme.

2. Suited to the occasion.

3. In good order

(a) Free from spots.

(b) Free from odours.

(c) Repaired and pressed.

(d) Shoes- clean; heels.

4. Harmonious colours.

5. Appropriate accessories.


V. The Result:

On leaving the dressing room, the girl is able to forget her appearance and put her mind on business or pleasure.

Point out that the Queen Mother affords an excellent example of a woman dressed in her own particular style. Note that her pictures do not look ridiculous, as do pictures of those who follow the latest fashion regardless of their suitability.


Demonstrate laundry methods.



Point out that though clothes do not make the girl, a well-groomed feeling adds poise and enjoyment to life.


Show that the girl dressed in good taste is not conspicuous, but is conservative in choice of design and colour and in combination of articles of apparel.



Illustrative Material and References:

Rathbone &Tarpley, Chaps. 2, 8, 9, and 10.

Cantilever Shoe chart.

Friant, Turner & Miller. (Collegiate Press, Ames, Iowa.)


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