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1. An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde
“Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear."
2. Utopia - Thomas More
“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.”
3. Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly
“He's wearing boots, a kilt, and a long-sleeve tee. No coat, even though it's December. Beautiful people don't need coats. They've got their auras to keep them warm.”
4. American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis
"The Edge is wearing Armani," she shouts, pointing at the bassist.
"That's not Armani," I shout back. "It's Emporio."
"No," she shouts. "Armani."
5. Much Ado about Nothing - William Shakespeare
"Fashion wears out more apparel than the man."
6. From Russia With Love - Ian Fleming
"Bond mistrusted anyone who tied his tie with a Windsor knot. It showed too much vanity. It was often the mark of a cad."
7. The Rose Prince - Bram Stoker
"There is no honour due to fine clothes, but only to what is in the man himself who wears them."
8. The Czar's Soliloquy - Mark Twain
"A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform he is ten. Clothes and title are the most potent thing, the most formidable influence, in the earth. They move the human race to willing and spontaneous respect for the judge, the general, the admiral, the bishop, the ambassador, the frivolous earl, the idiot duke, the sultan, the king, the emperor. No great title is efficient without clothes to support it."
9. Joyland - Stephen King
"Out in front stood a tightly muscled guy in faded jeans, balding suede boots splotched with grease, and a strap-style tee shirt. He wore a derby hat tilted on his coal-black hair. A filterless cigarette was parked behind one ear. He looked like a cartoon carnival barker from an old-time newspaper strip. There was an open toolbox and a big portable radio on an orange crate beside him. The Faces were singing “Stay with Me.” The guy was bopping to the beat, hands in his back pockets, hips moving side to side. I had a thought, absurd but perfectly clear: When I grow up, I want to look just like this guy.
10. The Popular Girl - F. Scott Fitzgerald
“His hat was green, actually! His coat, seasons old, was quite evidently the product of a well-known ready-made concern. His shoes, long and narrow, turned up at the toes. From head to foot everything that could possibly be wrong about him was wrong.”
11.Neil Gaiman -Stardust
"While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe."
12. The Road To Wigan Pier - George Orwell
"You may have three halfpence in your pocket and not a prospect in the world… but in your new clothes you can stand on a street corner, indulging in a private daydream of yourself as Clark Gable"
13. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
"Clothes have more important offices than merely to keep us warm; they change our view of the world and the world's view of us."
14. Horns - Joe Hill
“He paused, twisting his goatee, considering the law in Deuteronomy that forbade clothes with mixed fibers. A problematic bit of Scripture. A matter that required thought. "Only the devil wants man to have a wide range of lightweight and comfortable styles to choose from," he murmured at last, trying out a new proverb. "Although there may be no forgiveness for polyester. On this one matter, Satan and the Lord are in agreement.”
15. The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
"Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful."