Tableau Général de Goût, no. 2 pl. 3

16 Vendémiaire an 7 (7 October 1798)
YOUNG WOMAN ON A PROMENADE

Blonde wig à la Naiad. The triumph that wigs have carried over natural hair will last a long time: it is more ornamental than hair. Our elegant women have cut their hair as if they have taken the veil, a strange coiffure, and one that only looks well on some very young people.

Can you believe that we have seen (such is the power of fashion, that it often blinds self-love itself!) women coiffed à la Titus with grey hair?

This women's mania for looking shorn could not last. Wigs retook favor, and with them, the inappreciable advantage for coquetry to be able to change the color of one's hair as one changes clothing.

Hat topped with a green toque and two white and black plumes. This hat is wrapped with white taffeta with black velvet net. It is difficult to determine which type of coiffure is triumphing among the beauties. They vary infinitely and it is rare to meet two elegant ladies in a brilliant and large society who are wearing the same hat.

The shop of a modiste can be likened to an enameled field of flowers. You go there and choose the type of trimmings that flatter the best; yet novelty, as bizarre as it can be, is sure to be preferred.

Chemise gown, with knitted sleeves. The knitted sleeves, in flesh color, seem relegated to the aisles of the theater. The small number of women who prefer knitted sleeves to naked arms wear them in white, and very tight to the arm.

Belt the same color as the shawl. Canary yellow shawl, embroidered. The summer shawls are made of a transparent fabric, very often silk net. They envelop the waist, yet don't hide elegance and beauty.

Pink bag. You can abandon a husband, a lover, but never your bag: it's the companion that cannot be divided from our ladies, the faithful holder of their most secret thoughts. They are called ridicules; with some changes in their shape, they are given the name gibecière.

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