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[ Also see Appearance Cleanliness Clothes Display Dress Fashion Foppery Hatters Jewels Shoemaking Tailors Vanity ]

It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Haunch of Venison

The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. IV)

They were attempting to put on
  Raimant from naked bodies won.
      - Matthew Green, The Spleen

Old Grimes is dead, that good old man,
  We ne'er shall see him more;
    He used to wear a long black coat
      All button'd down before.
      - Albert Gorton Greene, Old Grimes

Old Abram Brown is dead and gone,--
  You'll never see him more;
    He used to wear a long brown coat
      That buttoned down before.
      - James Orchard Halliwell,
        Nursery Rhymes of England--Tales

A sweet disorder in the dresse
  Kindles in cloathes a wantonnesse.
      - Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder

A winning wave, (deserving note.)
  In the tempestuous petticote,
    A careless shoe-string, in whose tye
      I see a wilde civility,--
        Doe more bewitch me than when art
          Is too precise in every part.
      - Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder

It is not linen you're wearing out,
  But human creatures' lives.
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

A vest as admired Voltiger had on,
  Which from this Island's foes his grandsire won,
    Whose artful colour pass'd the Tyrian dye,
      Obliged to triumph in this legacy.
      - Lord Edward "Ned" Howard,
        The British Princes (p. 96),
        the lines are thought to be a forgery of William Henry Ireland

After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        A Wedding-Gown--Jerrold's Wit

A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Fine clothes are good only as they supply the want of other means of procuring respect.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Still to be neat, still to be drest,
  As you were going to a feast,
    Still to be powder'd, all perfum'd.
      Lady, it is to be presumed,
        Though art's hid causes are not found,
          All is not sweet, all is not sound.
      - Ben Jonson, Epicaene; or, The Silent Woman
         (act I, sc. 1, song)

Apes are apes though clothed in scarlet.
      - Ben Jonson, Poetaster (act 5, sc. 3)

Each Bond-street buck conceits, unhappy elf;
  He shows his clothes! alas! he shows himself.
    O that they knew, these overdrest self-lovers,
      What hides the body oft the mind discovers.
      - John Keats (1), Epigrams--Clothes

Neat, not gaudy.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        in a letter to Wordsworth

Dwellers in huts and in marble halls--
  From Shepherdess up to Queen--
    Cared little for bonnets, and less for shawls,
      And nothing for crinoline.
        But now simplicity's not the rage,
          And it's funny to think how cold
            The dress they wore in the Golden Age
              Would seem in the Age of Gold.
      - Henry Sambooke Leigh, The Two Ages (st. 4)

Not caring, so that sumpter-horse, the back
  Be hung with gaudy trappings, in what course
    Yea, rags most beggarly, they clothe the soul.
      - James Russell Lowell, Fireside Travels

Let thy attyre bee comely, but not costly.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 39), (1759 edition)

In naked beauty more adorned
  More lovely than Pandora.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VI, l. 713)

Be pain in dress, and sober in your diet;
  In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu,
        Summary of Lord Littelton's Advice

Old Rose is dead, that good old man,
  We ne'er shall see him more;
    He used to wear an old blue coat
      All buttoned down before.
      - Old Song, Old Rose (pt. I, ch. II),
        song referred to in Izaak Walton's "Compleat Angler"

When this old cap was new
  'Tis since two hundred years.
      - probably Martin (Martyn) Parker

He was a wight of high renowne,
  And thosne but of a low degree;
    Itt's pride that putts the countrye downe,
      Man, take thine old cloake about thee.
      - Thomas Percy,
        Reliques--Take thy Old Cloake about Thee

My galligaskins, that have long withstood
  The winter's fury, and encroaching frosts,
    By time subdues (what will not time subdue!)
      An horrid chasm disclosed.
      - John Philips, The Splendid Shilling
         (l. 121)

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