The new parasols (1898)

The new parasols (1898)

The new parasols

Dreams of beauty in lace, chiffon, fishnet, satin ribbon, and of every hue

From the New York Sun

Women don’t miss it far when they say that this season’s parasols are dreams of beauty. Many of them are so thin and fluffy and cobweb-like that they almost look as if they might vanish with handling.

The parasol is one of the so-called summer girl’s most effective weapons of attack and defense. It is a pretty background to her pretty face, and from beneath it she can hide or show her feelings at will.

It may seem queer to the men folks, but the last thing a woman considers in selecting one parasol or a whole outlay is whether they will protect her from sun and rain. The first thing she lends an eye to is becomingness, and it is a positive fact that in every parasol department there are large mirrors, before which the women try their sunshades just as religiously and reverently as they do their hats.

The swellest parasols for afternoon wear are made of white. Some of the handsomest have duchesse lace covers in new designs with panels, set on over a black chiffon foundation with black insertion let in. The combination is striking. Even more dressy but less expensive parasols are made of white or cream silk fishnet with flounces of the same edged with narrow satin ribbon. Another pretty design is made of white chiffon fulled on and trimmed with fluffy ruffles of the same material edged with very narrow black velvet ribbon. White and black is the favorite combination for dress parasols.

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A new design is a parasol made of heavy satin and entirely covered with full frills of narrow satin ribbon. These are particularly effective in cerise, turquoise blue and white, and will be much used with tailor-made suits of pique and duck.

The handles of all parasols are much handsomer and longer than ever before.

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