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Man y new skirt decorations, and pretty ones, are now appearing. Itieh styles of silk are adapted to the season by a lessening in weight. Most of the shades are dense and dark, and signifitant of the quiet taste continung for expensive costumes which are ;o appear on the promenade. Bordeaux, pluin, seal-brown, Russian gray and almost invisible green are elegant and jure in tone. That with the coolest íffect is the new sapphire-blue, and ;hose with warmest aspect are now of garnet, so tempered, howerer, as not do be too ruddy or prono unced for tiandsome brunettes who have not a superabundance of coloring reddening their complexions, and who can indulge in more tlian one change of dressing attire for street wear. The prevailing mode is in the Pekín stripe, which is distinguished by straight edges and sliiny contrasta of surfaces. Decorative art affords a plentiful array of resources for the elaboration of spring robes and mantles. The principal shapes in hats for ladies are the Talisman, Pompadour and Etelke. The Fuller especially is a very neat hat for young misses. We omitted to mention in its proper place a superb model for a trained princess costume, so much in favor for wedding receptions during the brilliant Easter season. The Xew Parasols.- A writer in the New York Home Journal thus describes the new style of parasols : Handsome styles are made with sixteen ribs, beneath which the silk is distended below instead of above, leaving thern exposed to the view. They are gilded, and in this way many effective and stylish contrasta are introduced. The silks employed are noticpabiy preity, and often more pronounced than those to which we have been accustoined, most of the new ideas flnding representation, as, for example, the stripes brocades, and alternations of moire antique and satin. Quiet tones of color are not however, excluded, but the introduction of fancif ui materials brings about a larger opportunity for choicethan hashitherto been practicable. The most coquettish parasols, perhaps, and those which will be especially adapted to uso at summer resorts, are made of bandanna silks; these, as the name would imply, being copied after the bright mixtures of color which prevail in wliat in familiar parlance, we cali "negro handkerchiefs." They are lined with plain silks in iashionable shades, and this is placed inside the ribs. The ends of all these new parasols are without ornamentation, and they are flnished by a low, plaintop. Eighteen inches is the si ze. The entire world is searched for woods of light weight which may be utilized for the handlesof parasols. The olivo wood is especially favored since it grows as if dosigned for the one purpose; its straight slender twigs extend from heavier limbs, which being cut, from a heading easily fashioned into those ornamental designs so much sought after. Paminto wood is also employed. Birds' heads are a favorite device this season, and the choice lies among parrots, pheasants, swans chickens, ducks and other varieties oi the feathered tribes. Harper's Bazar says a pretty round hat for a young lady, for early spring wear is made of white straw, and has a large square crown, with a wide brim that is split in the middle of the back and turned up en revers. The brim is faced with shirred blue slik of the new rend'anne shade. Around the outside of the crown is gend'arme satin drapery and a bunch of pale pink eglantine. A gros-graln dinner dress is made of Jiile green, and consists of a skirt and polonaise. Tlie skirt is trimmed in front with a boz-pleated and a sidepleated ruffle of the material, and in the hack with tliree side-pleated ruffles. Tlie polonaise is joined with a plastrón ind scarf, and is trimmed with white laie, fringe, and borders worked with bronze silk. Side-pleatings of crepe lisse are sewed in the neck and sleeves.


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