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The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement, 1800
Volume XXXI for the Year 1800London: G. G. and J. Robinson, No. 25, Pater-noster Row.
(With an Engraving, elegantly coloured.)
Cap-Bonnet [capote] trimmed with Amaranthus Crape.
THE amaranthus colour still prevails, almost exclusively, and the next after it in vogue is the red poppy or deep scarlet. Buckles are still in fashion, and are worn on the hats, the backs of the robes, and the sleeves. The back of the robe admits four small ones or one large one; each sleeve two; and we sometimes see as many as eight in the hat, though four is the usual number. There are likewise hats which have only one buckle of an oblong form. On the back of the robe the buckle is worn upright, but is placed cross-wise in the front of the hat. Sometimes, instead of a buckle in the hat, a steel clasp is worn,or two small diamond buttons, such as are used for the sleeves.
Black crape is worn, as well as amaranthus crape for tunics. A black hat, and a black feather, is worn with a tunic of black crape, or with the latter a hat of the amaranthus colour. A head-dress à la Grecque;or a paysanne,likewise suits the tunic of black crape. A black cesus is frequently worn over white. The cestus still forms an X on the back; but, instead of tying them behind, they are sometimes tied before. The fichusare likewise still crossed on the bosom, but it is not general to make an X with them: sometimes, after having formed the cross, the two points are suffered to join, and the X becomes a Y.
Velvet hats are much worn: --they have all a drapery of regular plaits, which divides from the crown of the hat and is fastened to the front; this drapery is common to satin hats, with which it is worn, of white, cherry colour, or yellow. In full dress, our élégantesplace on the front of their head-dress of simple hair a garland of rose leaves, disposed in the manner of a diadem. The aigrettes, called esprits,are still very rare. In the jewellery, the new articles are, collars of fine pearl en sautoir,not studded on plates, with enamelled neck croses; ear- rings with three drops or lentils, and in cornelian; bracelets of pearl and gold, with a chaplet of pearls at the side of a gold chain; two pins, with pearl or cornelian heads, and connected by a chain of gold.
Grey and dark colours, such as bottle-green, dark-blue, and black are the most fashionable colours for men. The shape of the coat has undergone no alteration, except that the collar is not quite so long, and the lappels are a little sloping.
We see many children dressed à l'Egyptienne, as represented in the plate.
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