A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness: -- A lawn about the shoulders thrown Into a fine distractiòn, -- An erring lace, which here and there Enthrals the crimson stomacher, -- A cuff neglectful, and thereby Ribbands to flow confusedly, -- A winning wave, deserving note, In the tempestuous petticoat, -- A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility, -- Do more bewitch me, than when art Is too precise in every part.
- by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674), "The poetry of dress" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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