Modesty and Clothing

Luxurious clothing that cannot conceal the shape of the body is no more a covering. For such clothing, falling close to the body, takes its form more easily. Clinging to the body as though it were the flesh, it receives its shape and outlines the woman’s figure. As a result, the whole make of the body is visible to spectators, although they cannot see the body itself….Such clothing is meant for looking, not covering. 

Clement of Alexandria (circa 195 AD), 2.265. (ch.11)

Almost the whole of history…clothes have been signs of group membership

J.M. Roberts, The triumph of the West, 1983, ch.1

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