Of all changeable things, fashion is perhaps the most changeable. There ought to be, in those who follow fashion, a natural taste, which study rarely confers, and which mere wealth cannot bestow.
In the form of these there is nothing of novelty introduced. The corsage plain and buttoned in front; a band of velvet commences from the elevation of the shoulder, and crossed under the belt. The upper part about the breadth of the and, and diminishing to half that size at the end.
A redingote of dark green cachemire, belt and sautoir of emerald-green velvet. Cap of tulle with one border very much elevated. The noeuds edged all round with narrow lace: an enamelled watch suspended by a short enamel chain; gloves, peau de Suede; shoes, iron-gray kid. A redingote of chestnut gros de Naples, corsage plain, buttoned in front. The hair turned up in a single curl, the ends en papillotes. Collerette of muslin trimmed with lace in several small pipes. A bow of celestial blue velvet confines it at the throat. An apron of gros de Naples of Haite blue, deeply vandyked round the edge. Shoes, black gros de Naples.
High dress of black velvet; corsage plain. Pelerine of velvet trimmed with blonde. White plush hat, with two white plumes. Boa and muff of light gray fur. A short matted gold chain with gold scent-bottle appended. Boots furred. Gray gloves. A dress of plain black satin, lace collerette. Mantle of deep blue cachimire; the pelerine of blue velvet, with lining of the same; square falling collar of blue velvet, edged with black blonde. Black satin hate richly ornamented with blonde and gauze ribbon. Boots, gros de Naples.
A robe of hyacinth velvet, ornamented above the hem with a satin ribbon, round which black blonde is twisted. Corsage a la Sevignee,with sleeves of black blonde. Black blonde is also tastefully intermingled with the bows of the hair; ornaments of gold or pearls. Black satin shoes. White gloves. Robe of white satin, bordered above the hem with a trimming of toucan feathers. These feathers bear a close resemblance to fur, from their extreme shortness. They are red and yellow. Corsage rather high, which is ornamented, as is the skirt, withBrandenbourgs in matted silver. Gauze bows of red and yellow are mingled with the plumes of the head-dress. Black satin shoes. White gloves.
Hat of lilac, satin, lined with white, and ornamented under the brim with two bows of narrow lilac gauze ribbon; also at the back, with very wide ribbon of the same, and a bouquet of heart's-ease. Dress of crimson gros de Naples, trimmed with a deep fur of marte Zibeline: around the neck a collerette of lace. Cape, which is cut into points at the shoulders, boa, and muff, are of the same fur as the trimming.
Hat of white satin, lined with lilac, and ornamented inside with white gauze ribbon cut in vandykes; the back tastefully trimmed with blonde and flowers. Pelisse of pea-green gros de Naples, fastened in front with four bows of the same material: cape of ermine fur, which is fastened inside the belt. Two rows of narrow ermine trim the front of this pelisse, so as to form what is called le tablier, and another of the same width nearly surrounds the skirt above the hem; manchettes of fine cambric embroidered in vandykes. Belt of the same material as the pelisse; brooch and buckle of pale silver: boots of pea-green prunella.
Hat of pale blue tulle, rather low on the left side, and ornamented over that side of the brim with rich gauze ribbon; on the right side, which is much more raised, are placed white ostrich feathers, under the brim, and fastened by a gauze ribbon crossed over the forehead. A dress of blue gauze arranged in full folds over the bosom, and fastened in the center by an emerald Sevigne. Around the bust a quilling of narrow blonde; rich figured blonde sleeves, fastened at the wrists with handsome worked gold bracelets. Cloak of olive black levantine silk, lined with white gros de Naples A very deep cape, cut in vandykes, and edged with rich fringe of the same colour: a small falling collar, cut also in vandykes, and edged with fringe.
Hat of rich plum coloured velvet, very broad on the right side, where it is ornamented under the brim with white gauze ribbon, cut in vandykes: it narrows to the left side, which has scarcely any brim, and is ornamented fully with three white ostrich feathers, tastefully disposed. Dress of pink gros des Indes, or gros d'liver. The corsage arranged in folds, and made to cross from right to left; cape epaulettes of the same material as the dress, cut in vandykes, from beneath which appears an ornament composed of satin and gauze, formed by a square piece, one end of which is cut into three or four long points; and the other end, which is fastened under the fall, is gathered and drawn. Around the bust a quilling of narrow blond; very wide sleeves, composed of white tulle, over lesser ones of white satin: at the knees is a fall with larger vandykes, connected by a circular cut, but, in other respects, corresponding with the cape and epaulettes. The ornament, as well as the vandyke, are on a larger scale; and on the left side a double ornament is placed above the fall, with the points upwards. The brooches, buckles, and bracelets, are of real stones, or enamelled in colours. Both the cape epaulettes and the trimming at the knees are varied in form; but some rich trimming is invariably used to project from under the falls.