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ITEMS FOR LADIES. It is net oiten tint marriage* t.ike piace in St. Paul's Cathedral. In a few weeks, however, Lady JhiUJ Duudas, second uaughter of the Marchioness of Zetland, will be married in the cathedral. It is a big piace to be married in, but it will be the novelty of there be;n; a marriage at all in that magnificent church that will make Lady Maud Dundas's nuptials remarkable. Two charming huts which J saw the other day in a est-end milliner's 1 .ivid describe for the benefit of any reader whose skilful fingers may wish to copy them. The first was a truly summer creation. It was of drawn tulle, a mixture of green and mauve, a layer of one being laid over the other. At the back were large upstanding bows of black and white gauze ribbon, and an aigrette of ri. h violet and mauve pansies. A few pansies lay lightly also across the broad brim. The second hat had the brim covered with light green leaves, shaped like the sloe, large green silk roses in two shades surrounded the crown, and at the back standing out were several biack wiug.?. I also saw the newest tiling in bonncts-a diminutive straw poke, with tulle at the edge, and plenty of roses at the back. The upper portion was of drawn silk, the rest a sort of crinoline mixture with large loops, and an tiigrette studded with was on the left side. One of the newest bats from Paris was an enormous bow of ribbon, sometimes tartan, above the forehead, the loops extending horizontally on either side, and the centre surmounted by a pair of dug's ears." in similar ribbon. The brim is made of pleated lace or silk muslin, supported on fine wires, which can be bent to any angle. Another new hat has a wide brim in open fancy straw, turned up sharply over the left temple, and there held in position by a rosette of ribbon in any p colour preferred, the rest of the trimming con- sisting of a garland of flowers rising in an aigrette just above the rosette. The river season began long before Whitsuntide this year on account of the stretch of brilliant weather that preceded We took bo;?t one lovely afternoon about a fortnight since, and found much activity going on in the various houseboats and camping out tents that fringe the shores between Teddington and Kingston. Sym- pathetically we observed ladies draping afresh the windows of their boats or bungalows, diligently beating and "plumping up" the cushions and measuring them for fresh frocks of silk or cretonne; and otherwise freshening up the details of their aquatic houses during many a long and sunny summer's day to come. Amateur carpentry was going on in many of the camping-out tents. Is a man ever so happy as when he takes a day off from business, and does a little carpentering up the river ? He only needs to know it to be per- fectly happy, but lie often does not realise it at the time. As to river dress, it is again skirt and blouse this year, as it has been for so many and the straight- brimmed sailor hat has taken a fresh lease of life, and is quite as much worn as ever. It seems per- fectly indispensable to the wardrobe, not only of the river girl but of every other girl, and of many who are not exactly girls. Though innovations in the way of trimming it have been tried over and over again, the only really orthodox fashion consists of the plain band of ribbon round the crown. Some people can manage a veil fairly well with a sailor had, but others only bungle it, and make a very untidy effect with a quantity of bulging net at the back. Men are all wearing the high-crowned straw hat with a dent in the centre of the crown. It is cooler than the low-crowned ones, and, no doubt, our own &ex will soon find this out and adopt it too. We have for years been in the habit of immediately appropriating anything we chance to particularly fancy from among the habiliments of our male relatives. The English river girl is decorative enough when she chooses to be ornamentally attired. An excel- lent specimen of her was seen on a launch up-river, clad in snowy serge that fitted to the shape, though flowing out a little towards the hem. It was bordered with three narrow rows of tan- coloured serge, which exactly matched the tint of the shoes, gloves, hat and ribbon, belt, necktie, and sunshade. With her was a companion, whose attire was a replica of her own, with the startling exception that all the white was in this case black. • « —_

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