For years the American girl gunner had to poach on the men's sporting-goods shops for her shooting clothes, and she often ended up looking like Annie Oakley. This fall, however, women's field clothes have a new zip, with no loss at all in function. Three of the best outfits, one imported from France, two from the U.S., are worn here by young Palm Beach sportswomen at the start of the quail season at the Bonnette Hunting Preserve in Jupiter, Fla.
Mrs. Elizabeth Mower's hunting outfit (left), imported from France, is of cotton duck. The jacket is rimmed by 32 shells. Over matching pants she wears rubber-faced chaps for protection in wet grass.
June Douglas, a former Powder Puff Derby winner, shoots in a canvas jacket with many pockets and the shape of an Army field jacket. It is of strong Avril-and-cotton canvas and has a fold-back hood.
Mrs. H. Loy Anderson Jr.'s side-zipped shooting skirt is made of the same kind of reversed cowhide used in cowboy chaps. She wears it with a silk jersey turtleneck, a straw bush hat and a leather shell belt.
WHERE TO BUY
The outfit worn by Elizabeth Mower opposite was designed by Victoire of Paris. It comes in green or light brown and is $100. The canvas jacket worn by June Douglas at the left is by Willis and Geiger. It has six pockets and nylon-lined game pouches. It is $40. Both outfits are available at Abercrombie & Fitch, New York. Molly Anderson's cowhide skirt (above) is $55 at Miller's Harness Co., New York. Her snake-proof boots are Gokey's Botte Sauvage.