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THE TOILET.

(Specially from Paris.)

FIRST FIGURE: Visiting Toilet.-Silk dress of a white ground, with small pink or lilac or blue stripes: either colour is pretty. The body, close-fitting and very high, is closed with nine buttons to match; sleeves quite tight. Black satin jacket fitting close to the waist, and cut away square at the front of the body, to leave the dress visible; a second skirt of black satin, reaching a little below the knees in front, is trimmed apron-wise at the bottom with a narrow lace edging, and ribbon trimming to match the colour of the dress; the side and back breadths are a quarter of a yard longer, and the former are draped in the centre, and finished with a bunch of ribbons to match the trimming, which is continued all round the garment. The top of the jacket is finished with the same ornament, and a fall of lace forms an epaulet on the top of the tight-dress sleeve.

SECOND FIGURE.-Toilet of faye silk. The jacket-body, open in front, and not tight fitting, has large square basques slit up at the sides; sleeves tight, with epaulets formed of rows of velvet to match, bordered with a fringe, forming five tassels. The wrist-band is tight to the arm, and ornamented with a fringe forming a tassel; long tassels also finish the corners of the basques. The skirt is long, and is trimmed up the gored seams and round the bottom, and has two ornaments of velvet fringed at the end, on each side of the front width, which is also trimmed up the centre. Fanchon bonnet of the same colour as the dress, ornamented with foliage, and a veil of the same shade. This veil, against taste, principle, and common-sense, falls at the back.

Open corsages en cœur are a success. Many ladies of good taste have adopted shawl-shaped lace collars, which are very becoming to the visage, and others that vary a little from the severity of the straight collar. We are making

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many costumes of cloth; the skirts are always cut with bias seams, and have often only one plait behind round the waist. We see also skirts fully plaited, a compromise to some tastes, which it is not wise or reasonable to wholly exclude.

Amongst the novelties, I must not forget to mention one for completing an evening toilet, or varying it a little; it is called the corsage Catalan, and is composed of white tulle boullonnes, separated by black ribbon velvets pearled with gold at top and bottom.

This corsage is high, and is made with a basque, at the bottom of which, each point of velvet is finished with a golden pearl; at the top of the corsage the velvets are doubled on themselves in little points pearled with gold, which forms a species of collar.

Here is the description of a dinner-dress which is quite new: The robe is composed of a first skirt of white satin, garnished at the bottom with a little pinked ornament of granet faye; the second skirt, or polonaise, which is the better name for it, is of granet faye, cut at the bottom in front en tablier Marquise. A row of flat satin buttons of the same colour are placed on each seam of the skirt.

The corsage, open en cœur, is worn over and under one of white satin, made high.

The sleeves of this corsage are of satin, split a l'Italienne to the elbow, above which a bouillonne of tulle depends; the nature of this toilet admits of several variations, and nothing can be more charming than the freplacing of the polonaise by a tunic of Chantilly lace, relieved at the sides by sprays of white lilac. Upon the satin sleeves above and below, bracelets of Chantilly, agrafes with a delicate little tuft of the same blossom. This Chantilly tunique should have a high body.

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