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on each side, with plaits across the fore en languettes, and a small gilt buckle head, ornamented with puffs of saffron- || fastens each strap. Many ladies wear coloured gauze, and an elegant plume of || black satin mantles, lined with blue, or white feathers.
with cherry-colour : these have two pele
rine capes, and a very wide collar. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
Hats of coloured silk, of the usual capa
cious size, and unbecoming form, are yet FASHIONS AND DRESS.
seen in carriages. We saw one-to be NOTWITHSTANDING the shortness of the sure it was on so pretty a woman, that we mornings, it is not till between two and were led to believe she would look well in three o'clock, in what was formerly called | any thing—of more moderate dimensions the afternoon, that a carriage is to be seen, than the usual standard, and the shape did either in the most fashionable drives, or not appear so much amiss. It was of cebefore the most approved and tasteful lestial blue gros de Naples, tastefully trimshops. A few splendid equipages are con med with puffs of gauze of the same tint, spicuous now in Hyde Park, emblazoned and fancy flowers of blue and white. Large with the arms of our ancient nobility; but | cottage bonnets, of a becoming shape, the greater number of carriages, though || seem likely to be in general request for well and respectably appointed, have only || the promenade. They are of black velvet; an humble cipher under a family crest on many of them ornamented with long black their pannels. These, however, contain || feathers, of the weeping-willow kind; but many fair forms, distinguished for the ele- the most approved style, particularly for gance of their dress, and mixing in all the the promenade, seems to be that of placing elegant and modish scenes of polished life. || aigrette feathers, or flowers, formed of From such, as well as from the high-born || black velvet and feathers, with coloured dame, whose brows are encircled by a co-stalks, among the puffings of satin or velvet, ronet, we select our observations, and give with which the bonnet is trimmed. Some our statement of British costume.
ladies, however, prefer their black velvet Mantles form the favourite envelope for bonnets being trimmed with rich and out-door costume. Many of these, when || splendid flowers, of bright, but wintry of silk, are made to draw tight to the hues. These are scattered sparingly, and shape; a fashion which is by no means are made of velvet. Bonnets of coloured calculated to set off the back and shoul- | satin, with a broad blond at the edge, are ders: these envelopes are most admired | much admired, and often seen on the when of levantine. In curricles, or other || heads of ladies of distinction. Many of open carriages, they are of fine merino, of these bonnets are pink, and have a white a tartan pattern, and are lined throughout blond at the edge. We have seen one of with plush silk of some striking colour. || richly striped satin in bias ; purple, orangeThey have a large pelerine cape, the same colour, and black; with a black blond at as the cloak; and a collar of plush silk, the edge of the brim; the crown ornawhen the weather is very chill, wraps over mented in arcades, with black blond, and the lower part of the face, and is fastened tiger lilies in velvet. Plain bonnets of by a chain cordon, and hooks of gold. || black velvet, with a few puffs of the same, Black velvet pelisses, also, form a favou- | intermingled with black satin, are reckoned rite out-door covering. These are ele- || most genteel for the promenade. gantly fastened down the front, from the In half dress, and even in home attire, throat to the feet, with small gold butter silk dresses now seem chiefly in favour. flies; the wings extended. Silk pelisses They are of Madras, or gros de Naples : are generally of a dark colour, fastened the former, however, seems the more faclose with buttons or rosettes: the bust is vourite material. They are trimmed with finished in front in the Anglo-Greek man a full, narrow flounce, pinked, set on in ner, except that there is no lacing across, very perceptible, and sometimes sharp, or to form a stomacher. A double row of pointed festoons; the sleeves en gigot, and antique British points ornaments the wrists terminated at the wrists by a deep, pointed of sleeves, elegantly full, but not en gigot. cuff, turned back, and finished by a rûche. Several satin pelisses are closed by straps | The dress, when for home, is made par.