The Fashionable Coat


Source: Illustrated London News

“Men, alas! cannot dress prettily nowadays — at one time they had the best of it there, too — and that is certainly a source of diversion and consolation in a troublesome world. To many women, new dresses form the chief novelty of their existence; and well do the arbiters of fashion take care that variety shall be provided for us in that direction. One of the novelties of the moment is the free use of a rich orange or mandarin yellow in millinery, and for the small bits of colour that the tailors introduce to brighten their dark cloth gowns.”

“In the hats, the vivid colour appears chiefly in the form of fruit; perhaps as tiny oranges, that have a right to be yellow, but often in some nondescript cluster, shaped like peaches or apricots, but made by the tint unlike anything real on sea or land. Dahlias, again, appear frequently in that brilliant guise. A tiny twist of mandarin yellow velvet on a hat or at the front and cuffs of a dark tweed gown is quite sufficient to lighten it up. A very vivid green is also much used for the like purpose. White felt, by the way, is particularly good trimmed with the new yellow; and autumn leaves in many tones of red also come well on the snowy white foundation.” [Continued below]

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