Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

(1844_1911 / Andover, Massachusetts)

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Quotes

  • ''Who originated that most exquisite of inquisitions, the condolence system?''
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. writer. The Gates Ajar, ch. 2 (1869).
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  • ''It is not in our drawing-rooms that we should look to judge of the intrinsic worth of any style of dress. The street-car is a truer crucible of its inherent value.''
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. author. What to Wear? Ch. 1 (1873). Reacting to the elaborate, expensive, clumsy, and easily- soiled dresses that women of the time often wore, even when riding the streetcar.
  • ''Surely it is one of the simplest laws of taste in dress, that it shall not attract undue attention from the wearer to the worn.''
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. author. What to Wear? Ch. 1 (1873).

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