Harper's Fashion

Fashions for August

Figures1, 2 and 3--Morning Toilet, Boy's and Girl's Dress.

The Morning Dress given in our illustration is of jaconet, but it can be made of any material. The lace bretelles are bordered with neat white buttons. The lace, folded in descending plaits, ornaments the front of the skirt. The basque is deep and a bow with the ends adorns the waist. The sleeves are headed with a box frill, with a reversed bow plait, and have cuffs turned back. We have seen a carriage dress of similar fashion of glacé. This, however, had two bretelles--the upper one, narrowed to a finger's width at the waist, and studded with buttons through the middle, was edged with Alençon point lace upon both sides of the barbes. The bell-shaped sleeves were also edged with lace. Noeuds of white satin ribbon were placed upon the right side between the folds of the lace, and similar noeuds, graduated in size, ran up on each side. We may add, in general, that patterns inwoven in the flounces upon the side of the dress are quite fashionable; and that passamenterie trimmings retain their favor.

The Boy's Costume consists of a jacket and continuation of any favorite material. Silks, in a small or medium plaid, are becoming. The pants are of English embroidery. The hat is of leghorn, with corn-colored ribbon. Straw caps are also much worn.

The Girl's Dress, which is flounced, needs no explanation.

Figure 4--Coiffure.

Coiffures of trailing grasses, miniature fruits, and the like, are much admired. In the one which we illustrate, the hair is arranged in broad basket plaits, with a Grecian braid in front. Sprays of convolvulus, with rice ears and leaves hang drooping over the shoulders.

Figure 5--Undress Cap.

The undress cap forms an appropriate adjunct to the morning toilet. It is of guipure lace, with insertions of Valensiennes. It has long barbes, and a bow of broad green ribbon at the back.

Figures 6 and 7--Under-Sleeves.

Under-Sleeves-Figure 7 is balloon-shaped, fathered into a ribbon of corn-colored taffeta, which also encircles the wrist-the point of juncture being marked with a bow. In Figure 6, the broad band of lace which forms the cuff is relieved against the sleeves by five ranges of pink satin ribbon, looped. The top one is plan, with a bow near the wrist.

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Artwork is October (1877) by James Tissot, courtesy of CGFA.

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