Women's Religiously Observant Plain Dress
Quaker Plain Dress
Plain dress among Quakers
My Life as a Plain Quaker
George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends(Quakers)... from A Collection of Many Select and Christian Epistles, Letters, and Testimonies (London 1698)
"Friends, keep out of the vain fashions of the world; let not your eyes, minds, and spirits run after every fashion (in attire) of the nations; for that will lead you from the solid life into unity with that spirit that leads to follow the fashions of the nations, after every fashion of apparel that gets up: but mind that which is sober and modest, and keep to your plain fashions, that you may judge the World, . . ."
AND Friends, keep out of the Worldly-Wise Part, for that will never let People joyn and unite together (in Truth) which enters into the Earth and the Apprehensions of Words; but let Innocency be the Garment, and Truth and Simplicity the Covering. Then in the Innocency ye will have Unity, where there is no Evil Thought, but Love, that thinks no Evil. . . . And let the Weight and Preciousness of Truth be . . . esteemed above all things by you.
For here is my Grief, when I hear anything among Friends ...