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[ Also see Adorn Apparel Appearance Clothes Dandy Elegance Fashion Fastidiousness Jewels Neatness Ornament Shoemaking Tailors ]

A fine coat is but a livery when the person who wears it discovers no higher sense than that of a footman.
      - Joseph Addison

The peacock in all his pride does not display half the colors that appear in the garments of a British lady when she is dressed.
      - Joseph Addison

There is not so variable a thing in nature. as a lady's head-dress.
      - Joseph Addison

To this end, nothing is to be more carefully consulted than plainness. In a lady's attire this is the single excellence; for to be what some people call fine, is the same vice, in that case, as to be florid is in writing or speaking.
      - Joseph Addison

Virgil has very finely touched upon the female passion for dress and shows, in the character of Camilla; who though she seems to have shaken off all the other weaknesses of her sex, is still described as a woman in this particular.
      - Joseph Addison

She was a large woman who seemed not so much dressed as upholstered.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

Dress has a moral effect upon the conduct of mankind. Let any gentleman find himself with dirty boots, old surtout, soiled neckcloth and a general negligence of dress, and he will in all probability find a corresponding disposition by negligence of address.
      - John Shute Barrington

It is the saying of an old divine, "Two things in my apparel I will chiefly aim at--commodiousness and decency; more than these is not commendable, yet I hate an effeminate spruceness as much as a fantastic disoqrder. A neglected comeliness is the best ornament." It is said of the celebrated Mr. Whitfield that he always was very clean and neat, and often said pleasantly, "that a minister of the gospel ought to be without a spot.
      - J. Beaumont

The wanton lawns, more soft and white than milk.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

A gentleman's taste in dress is upon principle, the avoidance of all things extravagant. It consists in the quiet simplicity of exquisite neatness; but, as the neatness must be a neatness in fashion, employ the best tailor; pay him ready money, and, on the whole, you wi11 find him the cheapest.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Next to dressing for a rout or ball, undressing is a woe.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The gracious and self-sacrificing and womanly women of our revolution wore dresses cut lower than those of their great-granddaughters, as any portrait gallery will show. The dress is indefensible, but let us not be too ready to condemn the wearer for worse sins than thoughtlessness and vanity.
      - Mrs. L.G. Calhoun

There are female dandies as well as clothes-wearing men; and the former are as objectionable as the latter.
      - Thomas Carlyle

If a woman were about to proceed to her execution, she would demand a little time to perfect her toilet.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Many shiver from want of defence against the cold; but there is vastly more suffering among the rich from absurd and criminal modes of dress, which fashion has sanctioned, than among the poor from deficiency of raiment.
      - William Ellery Channing

We may hold it slavish to dress according to the judgment of fools and the caprice of coxcombs; but are we not ourselves both when we are singular in our attire?
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

I would rather have a young fellow too much than too little dressed; the excess on that side will wear off, with a little age and reflection; but if he is negligent at twenty, he will be a sloven at forty, and stink at fifty years old. Dress yourself fine where others are fine, and plain where others are plain; but take care always that your clothes are well made and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward air.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Next to clothes being fine, they should be well made, and worn easily; for a man is only the less genteel for a fine coat, if, in wearing it, he shows a regard for it, and is not as easy in it as if it was a plain one.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

It is not every man that can afford to wear a shabby coat; and worldly wisdom dictates to her disciples the propriety of dressing somewhat beyond their means, but of living somewhat within them,--for every one, sees how we dress, but none see how we live, except we choose to let them. But the truly great are, by universal suffrage, exempted from these trammels, an may live or dress as they please.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Worldly wisdom dictates to her disciples the propriety of dressing somewhat beyond their means, but of living somewhat within them.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We sacrifice to dress till household joys and comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, and keeps our larder lean.
      - William Cowper

An ugly woman in a rich habit set out with jewels nothing can become.
      - John Dryden

Here's such a plague every morning, with buckling shoes, gartering, combing and powdering.
      - George Farquhar

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
      - Benjamin Franklin

A lady of genius will give a genteel air to her whole dress by a well-fancied suit of knots, as a judicious writer gives a spirit to a whole sentence by a single exprossion.
      - John Gay

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