Quotation by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

It is not in our drawing-rooms that we should look to judge of the intrinsic worth of any style of dress. The street-car is a truer crucible of its inherent value.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844–1911), U.S. author. What to Wear? Ch. 1 (1873).

Reacting to the elaborate, expensive, clumsy, and easily- soiled dresses that women of the time often wore, even when riding the streetcar.
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