News for the Ladies.
--A glance over a late fashion plate, which has reached the Columbia South Carolinian
through the blockade, will inform our lady friends of the style now in vogue across the water:
First, the bonnet is still sky-scraped, very deep from crown to the front, not drooping at all over the face, or mashed in, gutter style a la Marie Louise
, both of these being now passe
A profusion of flowers, lace, and ribbon ornaments these immense need pieces.
The prevailing taste in dress silks
seems to be for small figures on solid grounds.
Apple green, chocolate brown, and Marie Louise
blue are the favorite colors.
The lower edge of the skirt is always trimmed, sometimes with a puff edged with a quilling of worsted braid; oftener an elaborate pattern worked on velvet ribbon, and medallions of velvet and lace.
The bodies are detached from the skirts, and have double points both back and front.
Girdles are worn with plain waists; they are made of moire, corded with Russian
leather, and trimmed with leather buttons.
Open sleeves are always worn in full dress.
waists are now made with yokes.
For mourning costume, linen sets, narrow collars and broad cuffs, stitched with colored thread, are worn.
Sleeve buttons are indispensable, jet and gold being the favorite style.
Nets and fancy aprons are worn.
Hoops are still in high favor.
Small standing collars and fancy or black velvet neck-ties
are also worn.
For children's dresses, Sultan plaids are the universal style; these with Swiss waists, Brielle and postillion girdles, are novelties.
bootees, laced half way up the leg, and white petticoats, trimmed with red braid, make the little demoiselles look quite distingue.
Plaid scarfs are worn by both boys and girls, tied to hang over the left shoulder, or passing through a loop at the waist in front over the shoulders and hanging down in the back.