There is need of better standards of taste and judgment in expenditure, but not of sumptuary laws.
When it tries to do so by sumptuary legislation, nothing but mischief is invoked.
The sumptuary law for burying the dead in woollen, still occupies its place in their statute book.
The impolicy or inutility of sumptuary laws was not in this age acknowledged.
This kind of furniture was prohibited by a sumptuary pragmatic of 1594.
The Orchian and other sumptuary laws fail to repress the luxury of the Romans.
I recollected tales which I had heard about sumptuary laws regulating the dress of American women, both in and out of the water.
The French have always had with us the prestige of their social tact and sumptuary elegance.
The Pope threatened a sumptuary law that they should have but one dish at their table: it was the rule of his own order.
sumptuary edicts, however, are of little avail, if not supported in “influential quarters.”