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A French woman is a perfect architect in dress: she never, with Gothic ignorance, mixes the orders; she never tricks out a snobby Doric shape with Corinthian finery; or, to speak without metaphor, she conforms to general fashion only when it happens not to be repugnant to private beauty.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Processions, cavalcades, and all that fund of gay frippery, furnished out by tailors, barbers, and tire-women, mechanically influence the mind into veneration; an emperor in his nightcap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The person whose clothes are extremely fine I am too apt to consider as not being possessed of any superiority of fortune, but resembling those Indians who are found to wear all the gold they have in the world in a bob at the nose.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashions, and valuing ourselves by them, is one of the most childish pieces of folly that can be.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

As soon as a woman begins to dress "loud," her manners and conversation partake of the same element.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

The plainer the dress, with greater luster does beauty appear.
      - Charles Montagu Halifax, Lord Halifax

In cloths cheap handsomeness, doth bear the bell.
      - George Herbert

Out of clothes out of countenance, out of countenance out of wit.
      - Ben Jonson

Rich apparel has strange virtues; it makes him that hath it without means esteemed for an excellent wit; he that enjoys it with means puts the world in remembrance of his means.
      - Ben Jonson

In clothes clean and fresh there is a kind of youth with which age should surround itself.
      - Joseph Joubert

Dress is the great business of all women, and the fixed idea of some.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

A simple garb is the proper costume of the vulgar; it is cut for them, and exactly suits their measure, but it is an ornament for those who have filled up their lives with great deeds. I liken them to beauty in dishabille, but more bewitching on that account.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Too great carelessness, equally with excess in dress, multiplies the wrinkles of old age, and makes its decay still more conspicuous.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

In the indications of female poverty there can be no disguise. No woman dresses below herself from caprice.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

As you treat your body, so your house, your domestics, your enemies, your friends. Dress is a table of your contents.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Dress is an index of your contents.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

As the index tells us the contents of stories and directs to the particular chapter, even so does the outward habit and superficial order of garments (in man or woman) give us a taste of the spirit, and demonstratively point (as it were a manual note from the margin) all the internal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident, palpable, gross manifestation of poor, degenerate, dunghilly blood and breeding than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside.
      - Philip Massinger

Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
  In short, my deary, kiss me and be quiet.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

In the matter of dress one should always keep below one's ability.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

No real happiness is found
  In trailing purple o'er the ground.
      - Thomas Parnell

Sturdy swains, in clean array, for rustic dance prepare, mixed with the buxom damsels hand in hand.
      - John Arthur Phillips

A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.
      - Alexander Pope

Oft in dreams invention we bestow to change a flounce or add a furbelow.
      - Alexander Pope

In Athens the ladies were not gaudily but simply arrayed, and we doubt whether any ladies ever excited more admiration. So also the noble old Roman matrons, whose superb forms were gazed on delightedly by men worthy of them, were always very plainly dressed.
      - George Denison Prentice

Those who think that in order to dress well it is necessary to dress extravagantly or grandly make a great mistake. Nothing so well becomes true feminine beauty as simplicity.
      - George Denison Prentice

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