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FASHIONS FOR FEBRUARY. At this season of the year we are sure that a lengthened description of drelles suitable for ball and evening toil- ette will bo useful to our readers. Some of them, from the lightness of the material and the combination of flowers, tulle. &c., may almost be called iairy-like. One we will describe. It was composed of white tulle bouil- lonnee. At the lower part of the skirt it had three skirts of double tulle, each caught up by rib bons of white taf- fetas, embroidered with bouquets of flowers, producing a fresh and charming effect. Nine bouquets of flowera were placed at the end of these ribbons, no two alike. The body was in the same style as the skirt. Upon each shoulder a bouquet of flowers formed an epaulette. Home dress may bo made either very simple or very elegant; but in either case there is one requisite, which is the Zouave jacket. Forplairdress it may be made of cloth, or caehemere of a dark colour. Cloth is preferable, particularly brown cloth. These are frequently trimmed with gold braid; but as cloth is not an article of luxury, we would recommend our readers to substitute for this untasteful ornament a rich black braid, whiuh is far more distingue. The lining should be a dark-coloured silk. With cloth jackets, the chemisettes are of cambric in narrow tucks, plain, or mixed with rows of insertion. Small collar the Empress cravat; and under-sleeves to match the chemisette. A silk or satin shirt may be worn; but the only trimmings allowable are large buttons, or flat bows with steel buckles. Many ellgartes prefer them made of velvet, trimmed with gold, and lined with light- coloured silk, and some wear them of lightbliic or pur- plo cashmere, almost covered with gold embroidery; but this is neither in good tasto nor elegant. Rely on our advice, and be contented with a velvet jacket; but if yon must use gold lace let it be sparingly. The chemi- sette for this jacket should be of plaitted muslin, trim- med with black and white guipure and bouillonnes, in which is inserted a ribbon to match the rest of the toil- ette. The skirt of maire, emerall green, violet, or brown trimmed with rounds of velvet, trimmed with guipure, or wido bands of violet placed a la lialienne. This is a dress botti elegant and di-tingw. There is not much change in the style of bonnet, since we wrote last month. They are still worn larger, and have generally some black in the trimmings. A novel wreath for dinner-dress was made with a bunch of small moss-rose buls on the middle of the fore. head, mixed with pansies of light and deep shades of violet; then on each side a plait of dark and light-col- oured green velvet reaching a short distance, and follow- ed by bunches of violets in green satin agiin t,,e plait of velvet followed this time by a bouquet to match that in front. The wreath is finished by continuation of the plait, fastenod together at the back of the head by a bow of velvet ribbon the same shades as the flowers. This fancy will not be found to be devoid of elegance and far from unbecoming, when placed on light hair. -Le Follett.

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