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slave to fashion (plural slaves to fashion)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who is particularly concerned that his or her clothing and physical appearance conform to the current, accepted style.
    • 1853, T. S. Arthur, "Going to the Springs; or, Vulgar People," in Heart-Histories and Life-Pictures:
      She was a girl of imposing appearance and winning manners. But this staggered him. If she were such a slave to fashion and observance, she was not the woman for his wife.
    • 1998, Arlyn Gajilan and Beth Kwon, "Tales from the Ruler's Crypt," Newsweek, 4 May:
      The orders were simple: keep it plain, keep it proletarian. Apparently, Lenin was never a slave to fashion when he was alive, so officials thought he should not be one in death.

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