(one's) Sunday best

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(one's) Sunday best

One's very best clothes, as one would wear to a Sunday church service. Instead of some big party, let's all get dressed up in our Sunday best and go for lunch at a fancy restaurant for my birthday! This is going to be a formal event, so please come dressed in your Sunday best.
See also: Sunday

Sunday best

one's best clothing, which one would wear to church. (See also Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.) We are in our Sunday best, ready to go. I got mud on my Sunday best.
See also: Sunday

Sunday best

One's finest clothes, as in They were all in their Sunday best for the photographer. This expression alludes to reserving one's best clothes for going to church; indeed, an older idiom is Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes ( meeting here meaning "prayer meeting"). [Mid-1800s]
See also: Sunday

your Sunday ˈbest

(informal, humorous) your best clothes: She got all dressed up in her Sunday best to meet her boyfriend’s parents.
See also: Sunday

Sunday best

n. one’s best clothing, which one would wear to church. We are in our Sunday best, ready to go.
See also: Sunday
References in classic literature ?
They were strange ornaments to bring on a sea voyage--china pugs, tea-sets in miniature, cups stamped floridly with the arms of the city of Bristol, hair-pin boxes crusted with shamrock, antelopes' heads in coloured plaster, together with a multitude of tiny photographs, representing downright workmen in their Sunday best, and women holding white babies.
We see staid families, with prayer-book and beads, enter the gondola dressed in their Sunday best, and float away to church.
Here some eighty persons, all in their Sunday best, tricked out with ribbons and bunches of flowers, all of them on pleasure bent, were dancing away with heated visages as if the world were about to come to an end.
EVERTON have so far failed to put on their Sunday best - their last four Sabbath outings have all ended in defeat.
Elsewhere in LA, a host of other stars stepped out of various red carpets in their Sunday best.
Our photograph shows Edwardian day trippers in their Sunday best waiting to cross the river at Middlesbrough by ferry one sunny morning in about 1905, although the lad in the boater hat looks like he is prepared for rain with his umbrella.
TATTON'S Home Farm animals, below, will be wriggling into their Sunday best for Harvest Festival Weekend on September 26 and 27.
WORSHIPPERS at a Midlands church needed their wellies instead of their Sunday best.
We are unable to pinpoint the exact date of the event, but the men, wearing bowler hats and some carrying walking sticks, were dressed in their Sunday best for the occasion.
As the economic clouds loom overhead the fashion conscious Irish are putting on their Sunday best to impress bosses and save them from the chop.
How do they think the altar cloths get washed and ironed and the pews polished, who remembers to order the communion wine and check that the glasses are clean, I would hate to think what their Sunday best vestments would look like without the hand of a women being laid on them.
Long gone are the days when Hank Stram strutted up and down the sidelines with a red handkerchief tucked inside the breast pocket of his blazer, or when Paul Brown and George Halas wore their Sunday best.
It showed a large group of people dressed in their Sunday best about 100 years ago, and posing beneath a large tree.
It's all down to a printing error on the tickets, naturally, but the mind boggles at the prospect of the Riverside Stadium's faithful dusting off their Sunday best for an evening of cultural entertainment on the terraces.
Everyone is in their Sunday best and on their Sunday best behaviour.