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

Be neither too early in the fashion, nor too long out of it, nor too precisely in it; what custom hath civilized is become decent, till then ridiculous; where the eye is the jury thy apparel is the evidence.
      - Francis Quarles

Nothing can embellish a beautiful face more than a narrow band that indicates a small wound drawn cross wise over the brow.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The only medicine which does women more good than harm is dress.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Women always show more taste in adorning others than themselves; and the reason is that their persons are like their hearts--they read another's better than they can their own.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

There are some women who require much dressing, as some meats must be highly seasoned to make them palatable.
      - Abbe de Rochebrune

It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give to both sexes those fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you, so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime. In due time, when we have nothing better to set people to work at, it may be right to let them make lace and cut jewels; but as long as there are any who have no blankets for their beds, and no rags for their bodies, so long it is blanket-making and tailoring we must set people to work at, not lace.
      - John Ruskin

Love in modern times has been the tailor's best friend. Every suitor of the nineteenth century spends more than his spare cash on personal adornment. A faultless fit, a glistening hat, tight gloves, and tighter boots proclaim the imminent peril of his position.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
      - William Shakespeare

There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is in his clothes.
      - William Shakespeare

A rich dress adds but little to the beauty of a person. It may possibly create a deference, but that is rather an enemy to love.
      - William Shenstone

Men of quality never appear more amiable than when their dress is plain. Their birth, rank, title and its appendages are at best indivious and as they do not need the assistance of dress, so, by their disclaiming the advantage of it, they make their superiority sit more easy.
      - William Shenstone

Those who are incapable of shining out by dress would do well to consider that the contrast between them and their clothes turns out much to their disadvantage.
      - William Shenstone

His dress was a volcano of silk with lava buttons.
      - Sydney Smith

Never teach false modesty. How exquisitely absurd to teach a girl that beauty is of no value, dress of no use! Beauty is of value; her whole prospects and happiness in life may often depend upon a new gown or a becoming bonnet; if she has five grains of common sense she will find this out. The great thing is to teach her their proper value.
      - Sydney Smith

Ridiculous modes, invented by ignorance, and adopted by folly.
      - Tobias George Smollett

A man's appearance falls within the censure of every one that sees him; his parts and learning very few are judges of.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes plainest.
      - Laurence Sterne

I am convinced that if the virtuosi could once find out a world in the moon, with a passage to it, our women would wear nothing but what directly came from thence.
      - Jonathan Swift

I have always a sacred veneration for any one I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher; because the richest minerals are ever found under the most ragged and withered surfaces of the earth.
      - Jonathan Swift

Let women paint their eyes with tints of chastity, insert into their ears the word of God, tie the yoke of Christ around their necks, and adorn their whole persons with the silk of sanctity and the damask of devotion.
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian

My dear, your everlasting blue velvet quite tires me.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Oh, fair undress, best dress! It checks no vein, but every flowing limb in pleasure drowns, and heightens ease with grace.
      - James Thomson (1)

Let Harlequin be taken with a fit of the colic, and his trappings will have to serve that mood too.
      - Henry David Thoreau

No man ever stood lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure there is greater anxiety to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. I sometimes try my acquaintances by some such test as this--who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee.
      - Henry David Thoreau


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