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< LADIES' COLUMN. The Parisians are for ever inventing new ways of introducing the minor elegancies of life, as they re- cognise the fact that the small details of a toilette con- siderably add to its arcistic effect. Tiny bouquets of spring flowers, write Eliane de Marsy, in the Queen, are now worn in the buttonholes of mantles, and at the theatre in high bodices. The flowers are no longer placed in the centre of the bodice, but higher up on the left near the shoulder. These bouquets are pinned on with either a diamond bow or they are decorated with a small lizard in diamonds; others lees costly are placed in a gilt bouquet holder, which is chased and open-worked, and is sometimes fastened to the chatelaine, to which also a fan is attached. Long white lace scarves, that are tied and retied so as to form jabots, are very fashionable; ornamental pins, with either pearl heads or precious stones, are fastened here and there in the lace. Shoes and stockings are also becoming more elegant in style than during the winter; silk stockings to match the costume worn at the time, and shoes with double Charles IX. buckles now replace boots. If, however, boots are worn, they are usually made gaiter fashion, with either navy-blue or greyish-brown tops. Stockings must accord with the colour of the costume, and are richly ornamented. One of the quietest styles is represented by a black silk stocking, in the centre of which extends a long narrow diamond in red horizon- tal open work, bordered by miniature diamonds in white dots. Such hose are reproduced in all colours. Shoes also are submitted to the same rule; not only do they agree in colour, but are worked with a design of the brocade or the flowers of the drees trimming. Slippers for home, receptions, Ac., are black satin, with toes embroidered with either lophop- hore, old gold, or moonlight jet; the strap across the instep is likewise embroidered. There is no buckle to such shoes; the strap is fastened with a button. Other satin shoes have, on the contrary, two small cat steel buckles; but the grande ilggana consists in having the monogram and coronet embroidered on the shoes. On black satin shoes the monogram is worked in colour, and in the same design as on letter paper. Handkerchiefs are also marked like note paper, and some gentlemen are eccentric enough to have their handkerchiefs embroidered in imitation of red sealing wax having fallen on the cambric, and impressed with their crest, coat of arms, &e. The new parasols are in the Ducheese form, with a cane handle, and many are covered with fancv mate- rials others striped; some are all black or all white, and bordered with a fringe of split feathers. For morning use black or navy-blue parasols without fringe are preferred but more dressy ones are embroidered on one corner with a single motif a la Japonaitt; a butterfly, a bouquet of violets, a tuft of forget-me-nots is worked to look as if carelessly thrown on the parasol cover. Mastic grey (putty colour), with green, is a popular combination for spring costumes. The grey is the woollen overdress, which may be bourrette or armnre; the green is olive or dark myrtle, and is used for skirt and trimmings. Ordpe lisse, creamy white in colour, and edged with Valenciennes lace of the same hue, is worn round the neck and sleeves of silk and grenadine dressee; it forms a thick frill, as three or four rows, gradually widening, are sewn in at once. Sometimes one row of the frilling is carried down the front, as if issuing from the button holes. A stylish way of using ribbons is that of doubling three shades of eatin ribbon, each an inch wide, placing the loops closely together to form a band around the wrist, or round the short ruffle sleeves that stop half-way between the elbow and wrist. Imagine, for instance, that the dren is pale blue crdpe batiste, trimmed with rose-bud embroidery on net; then the folded ribbons on the sleeves will be olive green, rose, and pale blue. The bodice will have at the throat a rosette of these three colours, with hanging ends, and the habit basque will be laid in plaits, down owhof which is a folded satin ribboa of one of these three colours.


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