The love of fine dress

(Gorham Abbott, "The Family at Home", 1833)

"I also want women to dress modestly, with decency
 and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls
 or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate
 for women who profess to worship God." 1 Tim. 2:9-10

To many young women, the love of fine dress is a great
snare—which leads them into a series of mistakes.

A profusion of fine bows, feathers, necklaces, and earrings
—is often the outward and visible sign of inward emptiness
and vanity!

A minister, calling to visit a lady, was detained a long time
while she was dressing. At length she made her appearance,
bedecked in all the frippery of fashion and folly. The minister
broke into tears. She demanded the cause of his grief; when
he replied, "I weep, madam, to think that an immortal being
should spend so much of that precious time which was given
her to prepare for eternity—in thus vainly adorning that body
which must so soon become a prey to worms!"

A lady once asked a minister whether a person might not
be fond of fine dress and ornaments, without being proud.
"Madam," replied the minister, "when you see the fox's tail
peeping out of the hole—you may be sure the fox is within!"

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment,
 such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and
 fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self,
 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is
 of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy
 women of the past who put their hope in God used to
 make themselves beautiful." 1 Peter 3:3-5

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman
 who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30