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Wordy Wednesday- “The apparel oft proclaims the man”

“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!