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WE must still resort to the German spas, and to Dieppe, and our other bathing places for the promenade dresses of our fair travellers; it is at those places also, and at their chateaux that we shall find whatever is most recherché in indoor costume. Our task as regards promenade chapeaux will soon be finished, for they are all of straw of different kinds, and of the gipsy form, with various modifications. Some are simply trimmed with ribbon; others with field flowers, a paquet of blue bottles, a wreath of daisies, or a sprig of white-thorn blossoms.
The redingote form, both in coutil and silk, is most in request in promenade dress. We have nothing novel to announce in the forms of these robes, but some of the silk ones are rendered very dressy by the fancy silk buttons and various kinds of guimps, fringes, &c., &c., with which they are decorated. We see also a good many robes of unbleached batiste made à l'amazone, and trimmed with passementerie to correspond. A few, but very few, muslin robes are still seen in promenade dress,-they are remarkable for the beauty of their embroidery. We seldom see scarfs worn with redingotes, or if there be a scarf it is generally of a light kind, as barège or China crape. Those of cashmere of a large size begin to be a good deal seen with robes of every kind. Large mantelets of coloured silks, particularly black ones which had been laid aside for some time past, are again brought forward, and seem likely to be adopted during the whole of the demi saison.
Redingotes divide the vogue with robes in in-door dress: we mean for demi. toilette. We may cite among the most novel the redingote marquise, com posed of Pekin, foulard, and other kinds of silk. A high and tight corsage, buttoned down the front; tight sleeve and a deep jacket cleft in compartments; a broad band of velvet always of a deeper shade than the robe descends from the throat to the bottom; a row of very large marcassite buttons is placed upon it at regular distances. This is a very elegant style of half-dress robe, and one that is likely to continue in favour for some time. Barège robes are also in request in half-dress; they are in general trimmed with flounces. Those of plain barège, trimmed with five flounces, each bordered with fringe points d'esprit, are particularly admired.
Dinner robes are composed of India muslin and different kinds of silk. We can scarcely say which is most predominant. A good many of the first have the corsages rather more than half-high at the back; open on the bosom; plain on the shoulders, but drawn in with a little fulness at the bottom of the waist. The sleeve rather more than a half-length; of an easy width to the elbow, but very wide from thence. The corsage is ornamented with a revers formed of either lace or embroidery. The bottoms of the sleeves are similarly
decorated; the skirts are trimmed with either flounces or bouillonné between` rows of open work.
Evening robes are principally of tarlatane, either white or coloured: they are for the most part trimmed with flowers, corresponding with those in the wreath or bouquet that adorns the hair. Fashionable colours have not varied since the appearance of our last number.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ENGRAVINGS.
Shaded poult de soie robes; a low corsage, tight to the shape, and very deeply pointed at bottom; a row of lace stands up round the top. Short sleeve rendered full by three festooned volants. Two biais decorate the border of the skirt. The front hair is parted on the forehead, and dressed in a profusion of ringlets at the sides; the hind hair is platted and brought round the back of the head.
White tarlatane robe over white gros de naples; a low round corsage, trimmed with a deep berthe of the same, beautifully embroidered. Short tight sleeve, and volants worked to correspond. Double skirt: the upper one descending considerably below the knee; both are embroidered round the border. Head-dress of hair similar to the one already described.
Green foulard robe; the corsage is high at the back, and very open on the bosom. The sleeves are rather more than a three-quarter length, tight to the arm, and finished at the top with a round mancheron of two falls; the bottom is terminated by a flounce. Cambric chemisette and under sleeve. The skirt is trimmed very high with flounces; they are placed five, four, and three together, each portion being placed at some distance from the other. White poult de soie chapeau, a round shape, and moderately close brim, and ornamented with bands of pink ribbon, and a half wreath of flowers.
HOME DINNER DRESS.
Pale lavender poult de soie robe; a low pointed corsage, trimmed with a deep berthe of the same. Short tight sleeves. The skirt is trimmed high,
with flounces put three together; they are deep, laid on in light festoons, and each portion headed by a rouleau. The berthe is edged with a single narrow flounce. Tulle cap, a round shape, and rather high caul; it is bordered all round with two rows of blonde guipure, and trimmed with a guirlande à la Flore, composed of roses and other flowers.
PUBLIC PROMENADE DRESSES.
Blue striped foulard robe; a high corsage, and sleeve a three-quarter length over one of muslin bouillonné. Shawl mantle of white barège, a threequarter length, very spacious at the lower part, sitting close at the top, and trimmed with black and rose-coloured passementerie and tassels. Green poult de soie chapeau, a round and rather large shape. The brim is edged with ribbon à la vielle, and the exterior decorated with a lace drapery, a tuft of white flowers and a long sprig of foliage.
Rose-coloured taffeta robe; a half-high corsage, and sleeve à la Louis XV. White gros de napies capote, a small round drawn shape; the interior decorated with knots and brides of white ribbon; the exterior with a wreath of exotics. Black lace mantelet à la reine, of a large size.
Robe of fawn-coloured barège satiné; the corsage very high at the back; the fronts disposed en gerbe, and very open nearly to the bottom of the waist, -displaying the chemisette, composed of alternate plain bands, and embroidered entre deux. The sleeve is nearly long, and arched at the bottom, displaying a muslin under sleeve; biais tucks ornament the upper and lower part of the silk sleeve. The skirt is finished with two deep tucks. Chapeau of open fancy straw, a round shape, the interior trimmed with knots of rose and white striped ribbon, and brides of the same. The exterior decorated with a bouquet of roses of different hues, and small flowers; it is placed on one side, and attached by long ends of ribbon, which float on the other.
Blue and white shaded gros de naples robe; a half-high corsage, tight to the shape. Sleeve a three-quarter length, arched at the bottom, displaying an under sleeve of embroidered muslin. The skirt is trimmed with five flounces. The chapeau presents a side view of the one just described.