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FASHION NOTES. LBy MESSRS. BEN. EVANS A.ND Co., LIMITVD SWANSEA.] It is eminently satisfactory to observe how the New Century woman has seized on the fact that she must dress for her own satisfaction and not confine herself to any one particular style which for the moment may have been singled out for special attention by Dame Fashion. Individuality is allowed to display itself in even the smallest items of the toilette, while at the same time nothing peculiar or outre would be tolerated for a moment by a woman of good taste. A well- known authority on dress expresses himself thus, the perfection of dressing is arrived at when a pleasing sense of refined elegance soother the eyes of the beholder, while no particular item of the toilette attracts attention. All should be one harmonious symphony of shade and colour." Of course, when one has nothing to do but to lay down the law as to what shall or shall not be worn, regardless of the cost thereof, the task of acting up to the above remarks is rendered com- paratively easy, but to the ordinary everyday girl whose dress allowance is not nearly elastic enough to permit of any indulgencoil, and when last year's hat has to be induced somehow or other to "go" with this year's dress, theraare considerably more difficulties to be overcome. We think, however, that even a small amount of good taste will enable her to appear suitably and smartly turned ont even though she fall slightly short of perfection. We will endeavour to show how a black Cash, more Dress, slightly the worse for wear, might be smartened up and made into a very pretty and serviceable house dress. The bodice was originally plain, bublightlypouched from a lace-covered yoke. The skirt quite untrimmed. In this instance the lace was carefully unpicked off, all threads being removed, and then damped and ironed on the wrong side. The fulness was cut up at either side just where a dart would come were it tight- fitting, and into the opening thus obtained & piece of pleated emerald green silk was inserted. The point where the silk and cashmere join the yoke was finished by a small rosette of narrow black velvet ribbon. A black velvet band sur- rounded the waist, fastened by a fancy buckle set with imitation emeralds, while the neck was finished by a drawn band of the green silk bright- ened by a little gold braid. The skirt was also treated in very much the same way as the bodice, pleatings of green Bilk being inserted at each seam from five or six inches above the hem and finished at the top by tiny black velvet rosettes. Narrow black velvet ribbon is a very popular form of decoration on every article of dress this season, appearing sometimes in the form of stripes across the bodice or in a series of small bows or rosettes from shoulder to waist. It is a trimming highly becoming to most people—a fact which probably adds greatly to its popularity. Collars and revers are also made of black velvet embroidered with knotted stitches in thick white silk or chenille intermingled with fine gold oord, the effect being exceedingly pleasing on cloth costumes of any medinm shade of colour. An exceedingly smart coat is made of black cloth with a fur collar and lines of military braid the intervening space of the front being filled in with an applique of black eloth cut in a pattern and outlined with very bright gold cord, the effect being exceedingly haadsome. It is worn in conjunctiott with a stylish velvet toque trimmed with a bird and osprey. Suoh a coat could be made from two yards of foity-aight-iuch-wide material and about four yards of the broad braid. ^iraient41 for outdoor wear in order to be up-to- date must be worn quite tight-fitting or Very1 loose and distinctly of the 8acque order. There is no middle course for the votaries of Madame La Mode. Both for day and evening gowas, the Princesse robe continues to be very popular and is an exceedingly ch rming -tyie when well made and carc ully fitte I to a slender and graceful figure. The diffi.-u t es to be overcome, however, in order to produce a really good fit, place it altogether out of the powers of the ordinary amateur dressmaker, who will do wisely to leave it alone and content herself with simpler styles in which any defect will not be so apparent, and can be more easily reme lied xitil less fuss. A very stylish t'jqne, made of white felt, trimmed on the upturned btim with lines of narrow white satin ribbon. Soft draperies of black tulle, finish in a large chon in front after passing round the crown, a pretty buckle Hpparently securing the wholf. A handsome ostrich feather comes from the back of the hat and curls over the brim at the left side. Many and varied are the styles of headgear which have entranced our eyes this season, some of which it will be possible to pick up for half their value at the forthcoming sale.