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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

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

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

They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes. - Anthony Trollope

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

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

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

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

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

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first. - Bertolt Brecht

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

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. - Lord Chesterfield

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

Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes. - Thomas Robert Dewar

Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire. - Charles Dickens

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

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

Good clothes open all doors. - Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

Brevity is the soul of lingerie. - Dorothy Parker

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


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