To The Nines…

“Dressed To The Nines”

The phrases ‘to the nines’, or ‘to the nine’, were used to indicate perfection – the highest standards. That was in use in the 18th century, as here from William Hamilton’s Epistle to Ramsay, 1719:

“How the nines, they did content me.”

Although the general consensus to the origin of “Dressed to the Nines” is unknown; consider the meaning to be simply a reference of scale.

On a scale of one to ten; you are dressed to the nines”  

Since perfection can never be attained, nine would be the absolute best.

‘To the nines’ has now gone out of use and only persists in the more specific ‘dressed to the nines’ (or sometimes ‘dressed up to the nines’).

Dressed to the nines, or dressed up to the nines are merely a version of the phrase that is applied to clothing.

Information extracted from:


A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice which is often worn by women and girls in the western culture.

In most varieties of formal dress codes in Western cultures, a dress of an appropriate style is mandatory for women. They are also very popular for special occasions such as proms or weddings.

As a matter of fact, dresses were not originally a fashion for women. In many cultures throughout history and world, dresses have been worn by men; consider the Scottish kilt (although kilts are reported to be of Scandinavian heritage), or the toga worn by the ancient Greeks.

During the rather demure times of the early 1920s, it was common to see masculine styles of dress, with strong angles, made from sturdy materials, but this changed dramatically as we moved into the 1930s and 40s when a cultural shift in attitudes towards women were slowly becoming liberated within society.

Women’s dresses were fashioned with lower backs, revealing the upper portions of the buttocks, and waists were tucked in, women’s bodies became the focal point of their outfits, whereas in the past, fashion strived to conceal the female form.

The war years, and the post war years, brought further poverty and lack of provisions and this trend gave rise the invention of the mini-skirt, the shortest style of dress to date.

Information extracted from: Fashionably Frugal Dress


” Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. “
~ Mark Twain

There are not really many opportunities for me to dress to the nines though.

However, there were many opportunities to grab some pretty dresses that cost me only $9.90 and thus putting myself up on cloud number 9!!

Have a beautiful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀


19 thoughts on “To The Nines…

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  2. I enjoyed your narrative on a bit of history about dresses. I have worn them frequently in my life but never really gave all that much though to them. I also don’t have many occasions to dress to the nine’s. Love your song.

    • Thank you so much for this this post and sharing your thoughts with us in this sweet comment. Glad to know that you’ve enjoyed the song.

      Have a wonderful weekend ahead, always! Cheers! ☺

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  4. You are so creative and artistic. I love the earrings and wished I could change my way of taking almost all my extra money to rebuild savings. When we lost our marriage and house, I took almost all my savings out. At almost 60 years old, I don’t have more than four years of savings left. My Mom is 86 almost 87, and is able to pay for her own living. She was a much better saver. Smiles!

    • Awww….thank you so much for reading this post and sharing your love for the earrings with us in this lovely comment. Life is so filled with ups and downs and since you’ve already been thru the downs, the wisdom that you’ve gained from those nasty experiences will definitely help you in the coming years ahead! So, enjoy them, my lovely and wise friend! Cheers! ☺

  5. Interesting facts and quotations! I learned sewing when I was just 12, so I’ve made very many dresses over years, including wedding dresses. Dress is probably the most variable part of cloths because we can make it look like anything, adjust to everything and make ourselves shine in it. Loose dress is probably the best thing to wear during heat waves like the one we have right now again. Dress can certainly become one’s self-expression tool when creating it with care and courage and adjusting to the body to emphasize the best parts of it and to hide some others.
    Thanks for following the other blog!

    • Thank you so much for reading this post and sharing your thoughts with us in this lovely comment. Although my mom used to make many dresses, the only dress that I made was the one I learnt during home economics lesson…lol…it is really great to be able to create things for ourselves. Once again, thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day ahead, always! Cheers! ☺

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