Miss Skiffins

"She might have been some two or three years younger than Wemmick, and I judged her to stand possessed of portable property. The cut of her dress from the waist upward, both before and behind, made her figure very like a boy's kite, and I might have pronounced her gown a little too decidedly orange, and her gloves a little too intensely green...while Miss Skiffins was taking off her bonnet (she retained her green gloves during the evening as an outward and visible sign that there was company), Wemmick invited me to take a walk with him round the property."
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1861. p230-1 Dover Thift Ed.

I put this up for a few reasons: the personal tastes of the narrating character; the fact that it is the 1860s, which I personally am partial to; but most of all the specific mention of her gloves being kept on for social function. I think literature helps prove that clothing/costume is an integral part of our history--or at least more than most people give it credit for.