Dress, Health & Beauty. a Book for Ladies, Containing Practical Suggestions for the Improvement of Modern Dress, Regarded from an Artistic and Sanitary Point of View

Dress, Health & Beauty. a Book for Ladies, Containing Practical Suggestions for the Improvement of Modern Dress, Regarded from an Artistic and Sanitary Point of View

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...begun. If the feather he sticks in his new hat-band is a very tiny one, it is still there, a veritable bit of colour and grace, and useful for nothing else. It is but a line of piping, but it carries a streak of scarlet through the grey uniformity of his riding-coat; and the gay posy pinned into his button-hole is another step towards the happy mean which lies between mere comfort on the one hand and mere beauty on the other. And, looking at the general tendency of the late fashions devised for women, the prospect seems equally encouraging for them. If a wanton luxuriance of trimming runs riot over hampering train and torturing bodice, there is likewise provision for higher and purer tastes, and the severe finds a place beside the ornate. Simplicity of adornment, unbroken lines, looseness at the waist, if you will--what more can you hope for to-day? Our fashion journals tell us that the latest styles retain straight redingotes for women, and even herald the return of short skirts; and that all these may be plain to a degree. Beneath such an exterior, what hinders us from being as comfortable as we can ever be under the old regime of skirts and bodices? Nor would we forget the substantial gains of this last ten years. Waterproof cloaks have been vouchsafed us, in recognition of the fact that women have acquired regular occupation outside their homes, and must go abroad in rainy weather as well as in fair. Corsets, bad as they are, are no longer laced with the aid of the bedpost, nor worn at night. Low necks and short sleeves are seldom displayed at a party; and let us believe that, for the sake of common decency, they will rarely be seen there again. We may also cite close coat-sleeves, comfortable boots, and hats in lieu of bonnets, as...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981200
  • 9781236981202