“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: Answers.com
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!
Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀