fine feathers

fine feathers

Remarkably attractive clothing. Look at that gown! She is certainly in fine feathers tonight.
See also: feather, fine

fine feathers

beautiful clothes.
The proverb fine feathers make fine birds , meaning that an eye-catching appearance makes a person seem beautiful or impressive, has been known in England since the late 19th century. It is recorded in the early 16th century in French as les belles plumes font les beaux oiseaux .
See also: feather, fine
References in classic literature ?
The ugly jackdaw, collecting all the fine feathers which had fallen from the other birds, attached them to his own body and appeared at the examination, looking very gay.
As everybody knows, fine feathers make fine birds; a peasant girl but very moderately prepossessing to the casual observer in her simple condition and attire, will bloom as an amazing beauty if clothed as a woman of fashion with the aids that Art can render; while the beauty of the midnight crush would often cut but a sorry figure if placed inside the field-woman's wrapper upon a monotonous acreage of turnips on a dull day.
Dowley was in fine feather, and I early got him started, and then adroitly worked him around onto his own history for a text and himself for a hero, and then it was good to sit there and hear him hum.
However, the latter had lived awhile in Russia, and knew that the person referred to as an "uchitel" is never looked upon as a bird of fine feather.
There was a special request this time around, with the ladies complying-that they all wear fascinators, perched on their coiffures, whether they be of fine feathers or ruffled tulle.
Fine feathers add just the right touch of glamour for race-goers at Ladies Day at York racecourse yesterday Alan Crowhurst
Amid the frivolity and demimonde ethos, a soulful little poem by Rumi was printed in her show's booklet -- clues to the many puffy tufts of fine feathers glued atop the canvases: "My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
Color evolution among grackles and their kin is not about males showing off their fine feathers.
Agnes Joyce turned the key for the final time on her clothing shop, Fine Feathers, on Narrow West Street in Drogheda, Co Louth.
It was also a chance to rub shoulders and drink cocktails with industry insiders from the fashion world, many of whom showed up in fine feathers on the heels of Toronto's Fashion Week.
The dam is home to 26 pairs of breeding grebes, a species once hunted to garner their fine feathers and plumage.
Choose one: One swallow doesn't make a summer; a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; a man is known by the company he keeps; fine feathers make fine birds; don't judge a book by its cover.
Who also could be alleged to have had fine feathers judging by their reported expenses, while not necessarily being fine birds.
Don't let fine feathers and oodles of charm dull your commonsense Cancer.
She used to fly all over the house but now she cannot get height and the fine feathers on her breast and back are bare and not growing in.