An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


The best-dressed woman is one whose clothes wouldn't look too strange in the country.


Sir Hardy Amies (1909-2003, British fashion designer, author)


You look rather rash my dear your colors don't quite match your face.


Daisy Ashford (American author)


From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.


Beau Brummel


Women's sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


There is no such thing as a moral dress. It's people who are moral or immoral.


Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921, Mother of British prime Minster, Winston Churchill)


Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes.


Thomas Robert Dewar


I dress for women, and I undress for men.


Angie Dickenson


If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?


Linda Ellerbee


I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Good clothes open all doors.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


A fine woman shows her charms to most advantage when she seems most to conceal them. The finest bosom in nature is not so fine as what imagination forms.


Dr. Gregory


They look quite promising in the shop; and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels so sorry for them.


Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979, British entertainer)


The origins of clothing are not practical. They are mystical and erotic. The primitive man in the wolf-pelt was not keeping dry; he was saying: "Look what I killed. Aren't I the best?"


Katharine Hamnett


Clothes make the poor invisible. America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.


Michael Harrington


Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a gray one.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


Where women are concerned, the rule is never to go out with anyone better dressed than you.


John Malkovich


It is principally for the sake of the leg that a change in the dress of man is so much to be desired. The leg is the best part of the figure and the best leg is the man's. Man should no longer disguise the long lines, the strong forms, in those lengths of piping or tubing that are of all garments the most stupid.


Alice Meynell (1847-1922, British poet, essayist)


So dress and conduct yourself so that people who have been in your company will not recall what you had on.


John Newton (1725-1807, British poet, wrote "Amazing Grace")


Where's the man could ease a heart, like a satin gown?


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


An accent mark, perhaps, instead of a whole western accent -- a point of punctuation rather than a uniform twang. That is how it should be worn: as a quiet point of character reference, an apt phrase of sartorial allusion -- macho, sotto voce.


Phil Patton


No man is esteemed for colorful garments except by fools and women.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity -- all I hope for in my clothes.


Yves Saint-Laurent (1936-, Algerian-born French fashion designer)


Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The apparel oft proclaims the man.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The beauty of the internal nature cannot be so far concealed by its accidental vesture, but that the spirit of its form shall communicate itself to the very disguise and indicate the shape it hides from the manner in which it is worn. A majestic form and graceful motions will express themselves through the most barbarous and tasteless costume.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


For women... bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can't possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


We act the way we dress. Neglected and untidy clothes reflect a neglected and untidy mind.


Author Unknown


She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitch folk.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.


Anthony Trollope (1815-1882, British novelist)


They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes.


Anthony Trollope (1815-1882, British novelist)


How to dress? When the money is going from you wear anything you like. When the money is coming to you, dress your best.


Author Unknown


When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel.


John Weitz


You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say ''when!''


Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse (1881-1975, British novelist)


There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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