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STBANGE AND WONDERFUL. I

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DRESS OF THE DAY. I

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DRESS OF THE DAY. I EMPIRE AND PRINCESS GOWNS. 1 As the season progresses, we see two varietK* of gowns more in demand than any othe-r-em- pire and prineesse. Of course, strictly spea-k- ing, empire gowns are prinoesse also, but not in the sense we mean. Empire gowns or wraps always hang from the bust to the feet in long, straight, simple lines, and show no waiet line. On the other hand, what we call prin-cess.e gowns are tight-fitting and unbroken in line from top to toe, and they are the most becoming kind a woman can wear, be she tall or short, thin or fat. The empire fashion is so perfect for tea- gowns and loose wraps that we see no reason for its ever going out, but for evening gowns and long street coats we do not like it. We don't know how long the craze for Irish lace will last, but as it is now the most popular trimming, we advise all to use every scrap of it at hand. Fur is used to border skirts and edge the low- necked gowns, and it isn't any more expensive than many other trimmings. A great many of the newest models have high. rolling collars of fur, velvet or feathers, but perhaps collarless garments are prettier, and certainly more healthy, as fur close around the throat is most unhealthy, and when- left off is apt to leave a sore throat behind it. Then, too, a woman's throat is one of her good points, and when it is huddled up in furs and ruches the whole effect of proportion is .gone. Keep the lines of your shoulders, throat and waist, and put your trim- mings and fussiness into the sleeve finish and skirt bottom. PRETTY HOUSE DRESS. A pretty white house dress is of chiffon cloth with Irish lace and rhinestone buttons. The front of Irish lace has a band of the cloth across the front and is held in place by four buttons- The shoulders are all in one piece, with the va,ist and sleeves a style we like, and one that women with broad shoulders should always choose. Each side of your lace panel is a wide box plait of the cloth, and at the top of the plait is a button. These plaits continue all around the back and blouse slightly over the WHITE CHIFFON CLOTH HOUSE-DRESS. I girdle of white satin. The shoulders continue down over the arms to form islee-ve tops, and are bordered with lace. Under them are sleeves of chiffon which are caught up at the elbow. Three flounces form the skirt, each one bordered with lace and cut circular. These flounced skirts seem very popular just now, and are becoming to most women, not cutting them off, as one would expect, but adding to the height. I- A TAILOR GOWN. I A second tailor gown has a walking-length ekirt, and a neat jacket with pointed ends in tfronft and back. The revere are prettily shaped, and have oval ends reaching below the belt of white cloth, edged with a fancy braid. There is a vest of cloth fastened down the cenltre with small butotons. A rollover collar of white cloth ifi BLUE CLOTH TAILOR DRESS. I edged wiilth the same braid, and shows a cravat and high linen collar. Ellbotw-length sleeves have cuffs of white cloth, and a belrt of the same en- girdles the waist, clasped in front with an ovral enamel buckle. The hat of white felt has a tilt over the face, and is banked at the back with shaded roses. A silver band and bow encircles the crown. The hat is merely a plain sailor shape, and is suitable for tailor dresses. Notice KMut tihe whole style of the hat is in the angle at which the hat is worn. T ,tT. PKALTii^AXJ Hi ViliiJNIJNijr COATS. It is all very well tor lashaon s orades. to talk of the party and opera wraps that one must have to go through the season, but the truth of the matter is that most women, have all they can do to manage a serviceable wrap that shall look presentable in the evening over a light silk gown and still be suitable to wear in street cans. For, alias! women who ride in carriages, even han- soms, are the exception, and it is no small pro- blem to evoLve a cloak that shall be warm and smart looking, yet shall not be ruined by wear- ing in snow or rain. Soone of the new coate this season are un- usually well adapted to just such a purpose, and are suitaible attso to use- during the day. They may be worn over a light gown for calling and letfft in the hall while one 'is in the reception- room. Broad and ladies' cloth and heavy mixed gooda, warm, yet soft and light, aire the best for these garments, and that they shall look more dressy than hacka;bouty, it is well that the colour chosen shall be light. White or light grey are impractic- able for persons travelling much in street cars, bult one of the beet is tan, and the russet browns are charming. The lining may be as light in colour as one wishes, greatly increasing the effect when the garment is open and thrown back. Velvet and fr ncy buttons make desirable trimming, and if one wishes to dress elaborately lace and embroidery, of course, are beautiful, If economy, however, is a factor they should be left out.

HUMOUR OF i HE WEEK.

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