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formal attire
  clothing — especially of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
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  • formal attire
  • de Breze, who was all astonishment at finding that this young man had the audacity to enter before the king in such attire.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She looked up, and on the porch of Calpurnia’s little house stood Negroes in various states of public attire: a couple of women wore their best, one had on a calico apron, one was dressed in her field clothes.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I realized that my attire made it glaringly obvious that I was new I looked down at my little canvas slippers and shivered in my brown coat.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • And I notice, too, the spareness of the rooms aside from the major furnishings, the few photographs showing him among groups of five or six in business attire or settings, and none including anyone who looks like him, distantly or otherwise.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She slept for an hour, until a servant announced the arrival of the tailor, to outfit her with proper court attire.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He was ashamed of his attire, worn boots and torn blue jeans (blue jeans were invented considerably before most people suppose), and his hands were tight together in almost a gesture of supplication.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • It was "the body of a young man partially clad in common workingmen’s attire.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Once at school, we donned the cloaks again and marched into our respective classrooms properly attired.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • He liked the more formal attire of men in Krakow and gradually purchased several elegant suits.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • The average teenager was willing to wear very uncomfortable attire.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I won’t see anyone except my family and a therapist, so I’m leaving my Hollywood Boulevard attire at Margot’s, which means my feet will be happy for a couple days at least.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Both were wearing what could only be described as hunting attire, head-to-toe camouflage.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I scarcely expected that I would do better, attired in long skirts and clumsy footgear.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A few dozen men and women whisked by in various directions, equally split between those in Western business attire and local garb.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He looks down at his attire and chuckles.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • A man in strange attire appeared at the door.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Despite the casual attire, he projects an air of authority.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "Be quiet," Mommy said, inspecting my first-day-of-school attire.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Just look at your attire—you reek of street trash.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • At every station there were groups of people, sometimes crowds, and in all sorts of attire.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The chaplain recognized the bathrobe and pajamas as official hospital attire.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume some time before, and was now attired in an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-colored chiffon, which gave out a continual rustle as she swept about the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Thus attired I went down to help entertain the company.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Thus attired, he descended gingerly to the platform and began to pace its length.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • They dress up every different way in the world: some have long shirts made from the same flowery African cloth that is attired by the women.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Pickering, similarly attired, comes in.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a black canvas bag in his hand.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Many corps of American riflemen have been thus attired, and the dress is one of the most striking of modern times.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His arms and legs were like great pincushions of those shapes, and his attire disguised him absurdly; but I knew his half-closed eye at one glance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Perhaps; but in that attire it was not apparent.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They are more appropriate for a funeral than your own attire.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Mr. Sowerberry was a tall gaunt, large-jointed man, attired in a suit of threadbare black, with darned cotton stockings of the same colour, and shoes to answer.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Who was this strangely attired man with knives and oversized corkscrews jutting out of his backpack and rotary blades on his wrists?
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Ay, those attires are best:—but, gentle nurse, I pray thee, leave me to myself to-night; For I have need of many orisons To move the heavens to smile upon my state, Which, well thou know’st, is cross and full of sin.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • —What are these So wither’d, and so wild in their attire, That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth, And yet are on’t?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Not knowing what to expect he had donned his usual classroom attire-a pair of chinos, a turtleneck, and a Harris tweed suit jacket.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The old orchard wore its holiday attire.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Her attire, which indeed, she had wrought for the occasion in prison, and had modelled much after her own fancy, seemed to express the attitude of her spirit, the desperate recklessness of her mood, by its wild and picturesque peculiarity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She was wearing a dress that reminded me of the West African-inspired kente cloth attire I had seen in the States, but hers was an intricately meshed pattern of black and white, the traditional Xhosa colors.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The old man was attired in a suit of glistening watered silk, trimmed with steel buttons, beautifully cut and polished.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He hath some meaning in his mad attire.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Here his rags did not attract contemptuous attention, and one could walk about in any attire without scandalising people.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Mrs. Pontellier, attired in a handsome reception gown, remained in the drawing-room the entire afternoon receiving her visitors.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I walked past the community hall, where a roomful of seniors were listening to a string quartet of high school students in formal attire; past the multipurpose room with its computers and bookshelves and domino sets, past the bulletin board and its array of tips and announcements—Did you know that soy can reduce your bad cholesterol?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "Bring him in," she said shortly, embarrassed at her attire, infuriated at Gerald for putting her in a position where this man could laugh at her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And when at last, thinking the driver had begun to grow suspicious, he discharged the cab and ventured on foot, attired in his misfitting clothes, an object marked out for observation, into the midst of the nocturnal passengers, these two base passions raged within him like a tempest.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • In the porch she found a crowd of little girls, all more or less gaily attired in whites and blues and pinks, and all staring with curious eyes at this stranger in their midst, with her extraordinary head adornment.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He took the calf-length ivory trench coat I’d worn to disguise the fact that I was wearing Alice’s idea of appropriate attire, and gasped quietly at my oyster satin cocktail dress.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
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