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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
(1811)

On the detail of dress,   p. 106


Page 106


MIRROR OF THE GRACES.
          ON THE DETAIL OF DRESS.
THERE are few things in which our sex can
discover more taste than in the choice of the
apparel which may best accord with their se.
veral styles of figures and features; but we
frequently see the direct opposite of good
judgment in their selections, and behold be.
tween the person and the attire a complete
and laughable incongruity.
   Some women will actually disguise and
disfigure themselves rather than not appear
in the prevailing fashion; which, though
advantageous to one character of face, may
have the direct contrary effect with another.
I hinted at this in the earlier part of this dis.
sertation. Now I come closer to my subject;
intending to enter into a minute detail of what
ought or ought not to be worn by women of
different molds and complexions.
  If Daphne have the features of a Siddons,
and Amaryllis those of a Jordan, the style
which agrees with the one must ill accord with
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