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EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION
No, 1.-A MORNING DRESS,
gold and amethysts. Hanging sleeve, gathered A round cambric gown, a walking length, in front of the arm, with brooches of the same. with short full sleeve, and puckered cuff, but. The hair confined from the roots, the ends toned or laced down the back, and made | flowing in irregular curls, leaving the forehead high round the neck, with a full frill of lace. and temples exposed. An Indian casque of A military stock, edged round the chin with | tissue, with amethyst ornaments. A long veil the same. A figured Chinese scarf, the colour || of gossamer gause, rounded at the end, and American green, twisted round the figure in embroidered in a delicate border of silver, or the style of antique drapery. Melon bonnet | silk, flowing from the centre of the crown, the same colour, striped, and trimmed to cor over the right shoulder, and forming a drapery respond with the scarf. Hair. in irregular in front of the figure by the attitude of the curls on the forehead. Earrings of gold or left hand. Pear ear-rings of amethyst or pearl. topaz. Long York tan, or Limerick gloves, Necklace of pearl, with amethyst star in the above the elbow. Slippers of yellow Morocco. centre. White satin slippers, edged with silver This dress, divested of the bonnet, is consi- beading, and white kid gloves above the elbow. dered genteel neglige for any period of the day. No. 2.-A Morning WALKING, OR CAR
ON THE MOST ELEGANT AND A simple breakfast robe of Indian muslin, or || SELECT FASHIONS FOR THE SEASON. cambrie; with plain high collar, and long The multiplicity and variety, beauty and sleeve. Plain chemisette front, buttoned down i elegance, which distinguish the costume of the bosom. A Calypso wrap of morone velvet, ll our British fair, was never more appropriate or kerseymere, trimmed entirely round with and becoming than at the present period. The white ermine, or swansdown. Spanish hang most happy assemblage of the ancient and ing-sleeve, suspended from the back, and fall- ! modern is apparent in almost every article of ing over the left shoulder, terminating in a fashionable decoration. Taste and judgment round point below the elbow. This ornament are in unison with each other, and have seis lined throughout with skin the same as the lected and combined whatever has appeared trimming. A mountain hąt of white imperial most worthy of perpetuity. The cold weabeaver, or fur, tied under the chin with a rib- ther has impelled the adoption of such articles band the colour of the coat. Gloves and shoes of attire as are calculated to dispense warmth of American green, or buff. Cropt hair, con- and nourishment. In the theatres, and even fined with a baud, and curled over the left in the drawing-room, the votaries of fashion eye.
I can no longer boast their wonted display
their courage yields to necessity;--and the No.3.-A BALL DRESS IN THE PARISIAN
scarf, mantle, Indian shawl, and French cloak, STYLE.
now shelters their hitherto exposed shoulders. A Neapolitan robe and petticoat, of white, or | The endless variety which is exhibited in this coloured satin, made quite plain. Armorial and every other article of fashionable attire, vest of white satin, beaded in gold stripes. All will oblige us to a more careful selection of cestus d-la-Cleopatra, composed of wrought such, as rank the first in taste and elegance.
We shall, with our accustomed attention and approaches only to the shoulder in front, from fidelity, endeavour at a delineation which shall || whence it flows loose like the Turkish robe, be found worthy the consideration of our fair || and discovers a waist of the same silver tissue correspondents. In the articles of mantles and as composes the petticoat, fastened at the botpelisses there is much novelty and elegance; tom with a silver cord and tassels. Slippers of and they are constructed in the most fanciful pale orange velvet, with silver rosettes, were forms. The simple cardinal and hood are now worn with this uncommonly elegant habitconfined to those females who have passed their orange being the colour of which the vest was ineridian. Those worn by the more youthful composed. Zealand robes are another article fair, are usually formed of light green, purple, which exhibits much novel grace. These are or morone kerseymere, variously constructed; composed of black crape, muslin, or Paris net, those termed the Zealand mantle, the Calypso tamboured in large spots of coquelicot, crimson, wrap, and the Spanish mantle and spenser, are or orange. The robe flows open on the left the most novel, and rank very high on the list side the figure, and the front breadth being of fashionable articles; these mantles are form rounded, discovers a petticoat of plain white ed with high full collars, and deep pointed satin, and meeting the other side of the robe, capes, somewhat in the style of the ancient
which flows in a square train, is clasped from hanging-sleeve; and are cut in a fanciful and the waist to the knee with silver or topaz studs. varied manner in the skirt, so as to wrap in a The waist and sleeve of this dress are usually graceful unstudied style about the figure. They
worn plain, and over a satin under-waist. No are often trimmed with skin; but a large silk trimming but Trafalgar, or a border of netting cord, the colour of the mantle, placed at a little of Aoss silk. The colour of the spots can be distance from the edge, and the points orna
advantageously associated with this animated inented with tassels to correspond, is consider
and singularly attractive costume. Althongh ed more chastely elegant. Indeed we think fur
white dresses are less general this winter than is better associated with velvet, satin, or sars
we remember them for many years, yet are net. There is not a sufficient degree of con
they not wholly exploded. In the morning hatrast between these trimmings and cloth, or
bit, they admit of no favourable substitute; kerseymere and the silk cords, or Trafalgar || and amidst the diversity of coloured robes, trimmings, are a bright relief, and have a more
which present themselves at dinner and evenlight effect. Fancy furs, and coats of dark
ing parties, we still observe the virgin hue, venmorone, are become so general, as to be ad
turing, like the modest suow-drop, amidst its mitted no place in an elegant selection. In the
more splendid companions, and attracting by style of dress gowns, we have a crowd of in
its own native purity. Gold and silver brocade formation ; at the head of which may be pro
ribbands are used to ornament these spotless perly placed robes of superfine cloth, embroi
garbs; and a most delicate article in gossamer dered round the bottom, on the bosom, and
gauze is formed in draperies over white or cosleeves, in wreaths of leaves, composed of loured satin slips. Both in England and Paris, shaded velvet. We have seen them of buff, the hair is variously dispersed, in the antique with leaves of shaded purple velvet, each leaf || style, ornamented with coronets, diadems, tiveined to nature. For full-dress, these bor- | aras of flowers, and bandeaus of gold laurel, and ders are often of gold or silver, embossed, or constitute the most fashionable full dress. In in spangles ; and a ridicule, fancifully formed the morning habit, the net handkerchief, the of the same material as the robe, and bordered peasants' hood, and the quartered cap of lace, up the seains to correspond, is a general and over white or coloured satin, are more approfashionable appendage. French cloaks or ca-l priate, and bespeaks that proper distinction puchins, the same as the dress, are frequently which manifests a correct taste. Bonnets and, thrown over the shoulders; and relinquished hats are considered most fashionable composed as occasion may reqnire. The comfort and of united kerseymere and velvet, of contrasted utility, as well as taste and richness, of these shades. They are generally formed to fit the elegant garbs, will ensure them'a ready adop head, and constructed high and full in frout. tion amidst the females of rank and fashion. The woodman's hat of Georgian cloth, the coThe Polish vest, formed of the above-men lour of the coat or mantle, and trimnied with tioned material, and trimmed with skin, worn || fur, is both a seasonable and nnique appen. with a short train-petticoat of silver muslin, I dage to the out-door costume. French pokt. or tissue, with correspondent turban a-la-Chi of grey velvet, and fluted satin, constructe nese, is a style of costume particularly attrac so as to shade one side of the face, exposing tive and becoming. This vest is not more than the adverse ear, and confined under the eh a yard in length from the top of the back. It || with velvet cut in the form of a handkerchiely
is considered an article of great style and ele- || rience, and endeared by early love, have fixed gance. Fancy hats, of the Spanish or turban an impression which time can never efface, nor forin, composed of silver embossed satin or absence render less lively. Remember, theretissue, with Angola feathers of an orange.co fore, dear friend, that I consider myself enlour, are often seen, both in public theatres gaged to you by the sacred claims of affection, and in evening parties. The Argus feather also in any way that I can be serviceable to you. sometimes ornaments the hair; and placed in On this principle I shall consider myself most the form of a band, has a unique and attrac- pleasantly employed in selecting your bridal tive effect. There are some few articles in the paraphernalia ; for as I read of your hero's restyle of trinkets, which, from their peculiar turn to England with added laurels, I conclude novelty and fashion, are worthy of notice. it will not be long ere they are blended with The most striking of these is a bandean of sil- | the roses of love, and offered a willing sacrifice at ver filagree, in form of a suake, the head of the altar of HYMEN !-Be sure let me hear in which is richly embossed, and the eyes con- !| due time when this prodigious event is likely posed of rubies, brilliants, or emeralds. This to take place I love dearly to choose wedding elegant ornament is passed round the forehead, clothes. There is a sort of pleasant association confining the hair, which otherwise falls in in the mind, when engaged in this employ, ocdishevelled curls. Sometimes it binds an half casioned possibly by the enlivening hope that handkerchief on the head, and gives, thus dis our turn may come next! Ah! Heaven only posed, a. effect at once original and attractive. knows when my turn will come! for, as I told Bracelets are worn of the same material and you in my last-I am very nice and good construction and we here take occasion to re men, you know, were ever a rare commodity! mark, that this ornament is not now confined Nor have I seen one to please me better than to one design only, but frequently we see rows cousin John--who, though very fashionable, of pearl, bands of gold, hair, &c. ornamenting
| and quite a man of the world, yet unites that the wrist upwards, in the true Indian style.
rare assemblage of sensibility, principle, and Shells imitated to nature, are seen suspended
worth. But the sentiment we feel for each from rich gold chains, and brooches of the other is merely Platonic, Julia; he loves me as same ornament the bosom of dresses. Seals | a brother-nothing more. Indeed, what moie innumerable, and of various composition, are would be heard of by my uncle and aunt? suspended from the watch by chains of gold John is heir to a large fortune and ancient filagree, &c. and are usually seen in full dress, knighthood-and poor me! to what am I heir on the outside of the robe. Some ladies wear but the ancient virtues of my dear and venethe watch in sight with the morning habit; rated family. I am proud of the inheritance, but this we consider unappropriate and incon Julia, and will never disgrace it. Mary presistent with this style of costume.
tends to much astrological knowledge, and asThe most fashionable colours for the season sures me, it is ordained that she is to be doubly are, American green, morone, orange, purple, ll related to me. Dear, generous girl!-But recoquelicot, and light brown.
member, Julia, not a word of this nonsense to
a living soul, I beseech you; for, on my faith, LETTER ON DRESS,
John has said nothing very particular to me:
and for myself—I do not even think of lore, INTRODUCTORY AND DESCRIPTIVE, FROM
and therefore must be very far from matrimony : ELIZA TO JULIA.
the latter (as I argue) requiring the indispenI am exceedingly pleased, dear Julia, that || sable accompaniment of the former. I send you were so perfectly satisfi d with my execu- ll you by this packet a long list on the old subtion of your commissions; and that the several slject of fashionable intelligence; and shall conarticles of adornment, which accompanied my | clude this epistle with a few more choicc delilast address, were so well adapted to your taste | neations, selected from the grand magazine of and figure.
taste. We drove yesterday to all the celebrated Is not this, dear girl, a convincing proof | haunts of fashionable display, and were dazhow perfectly you live in my memory? since zled with the brilliant exhibitions of female I can so well appropriate colours to your com decoration which were offered to our view. plexion, style to your countenance, and dra Amidst the diversity, we were much attracted pery to your form. But not in these external | by the novelty, elegance, and convenience, of instances alone is Julia's image innpressed on | a mantle, and pelisse, on an entirely new conher friend. The sweet openness of her dispo- |struction. The first of these is termed, the sition, the accomplishments of her mind, and | Emigré mantle, or Brazilian cloak. It is the endowments of her heart, proved by expe- formed of purple velvet embossed on a topaz. satin ground, and buttons down the front, correspondent tassels. I wear my hair in a where it is not more than three-quarters of a large twisted braid at the back of my head, yard in length, from the throat; but is and in simple curls in front, divided on the gradually sloped to a round point on the left forehead with a coronet of pearl, which comside of the figure, and reaches at this termina- | pose also many other ornaments. We have tion nearly to the bottom of the petticoat. It each a Freneh opera fan, of carved amber, anis constructed with a high puckered collar, 1 commonly clegant-a present from my aunt. and two deep printed capes, which fall over At Lady 1— 's coucert last evening, was cach shoulder. The whole is terminated with the Countess B , whose illustrious mara rich and deep fringe, shaded to suit with the riage I formerly named to you. She appeared colours of the pelisse. I need not obserye that to great advantage in a Byzantian robe of this mantle is properly confined to females of white gossamer satin, with a petticoat of silver rank and afluence, both froin its singularity and tissue. She wore ornaments of blended eme. expence. The pelisse is composed of super-ralds and pearl; and her hair was folded round fine mazarine cloth, with a Spanish vest and her head in the Eastern style, while the ends spenser; a high collar, and pointed capes, I fell in irregular glossy ringlets on one of her sitting full round the back. The whole white and anely formed shoulders. I believe trimmed with rich silk Trafalgar of the same I have before told you, that Indian shawl colour. What constitutes the ingenuity and dresses are considered very fashionable and at convenience of this elegant garb is, that the
tractive garbs. They are formed in simple coat and spenser being made separate, they round dresses, with short trains; bordered inay be worn apart; and by a little judicious round the bottom, bosom, and sleeves, with arrangement, appear as three distinct articles. correspondent trimmings. Some are worn with We are engaged next week to a splendid ball | a long sleeve of the same, which is confined and supper, which will be given by the Mar on the arm and wrist with the treble bracelet. chioness of D--- Mary has received a carte Others choose a short sleeve of white satin, blunche for the occasion, and intends muster either in the Spanish slash, frock, or bishop ing a strong party of belles and beaux. Her at form. The backs of dresses are cut lower than tire for the evening will consist of a round ever, but are frequently shaded with broad rohe of white undrest crape, worn over white point lace, placed flat from shoulder to shoulder. satin; the drapery, &c. ornamented with a The waist is visibly increased in length. You border of the scarlet geranium, in raised vel.
must wear no other than white kid gloves in vet. Her hair will be confined in the antique evening parties. Not even the light Limerick, $";'e, and decorated in front with a tiura of the or pale tan, are now admitted in this style of same flowers designed to nature. Her ear- || costume. rings, bracelets, and armlets of brilliants; and And now, dear Julia, fare thee well S-I shall slippers of pale green satin, with silver ro | hope soon to hear of the progress, and felicitate settes. My dress is composed of pale green || you on the happy issue of your love, although gauze over white satin. It is formed in a sim I cannot entertain you with any accoant of ple round gown, meeting within one-eighth my own. Keep, therefore, no circumstance on the bottom of the petticoat, where it is cut in |that, or any other subject which concerns you, fise deep vandykes; trimmed with silver bead- || from your ever faithful and affectionate ing or fringe, and each point terminated with
London : Printed by and for JOHN BELL, Southampton-street, Strand.