Hir coverchiefs ful fyne weren of ground;
I dorste swere they weyeden ten pound
That on a Sonday weren upon hir heed.
Hir hosen weren of fyn scarlet reed,
Ful streite yteyd, and shoes ful moyste and newe.

– Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue. The-larger-than life Wife of Bath wears fine textured scarves on her head when going to mass on Sunday that the Narrator says must weight ten pounds. Her expensive stockings are of the finest scarlet red and her shoes soft and new. She wears clothes to reflect who she is: confident, bold and powerful.