"Your coat's a little shabby-- but who cares? It doesn't keep people from asking you to dine. If I were shabby no one would have me: a woman is asked out as much for her clothes as for herself. The clothes are the background, the frame, if you like: they don't make success, but they are a part of it. Who wants a dingy woman? We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed until we drop-- and if we can't keep it up alone, we have to go into partnership."
Lily Bart (to Selden), The House of Mirth