“The apparel oft proclaims the man”
This phrase is spoken in Hamlet by Polonius addressing his son, Laertes, in a long-winded series of unrelated advice.
Although you may not recognize this exact iteration of the phrase as one we use in today’s language, it seems like a precursor to the modern idiom, “The clothes make the man”.
For Laertes, this probably would have looked less like this:
And more like this:
Don’t forget to check out Shakespeare in Action’s production of Hamlet, opening Dec 2nd!