Literature’s 10 Best-Dressed Authors

Oscar Wilde

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing,” utters the young Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, an aphorism by which the Irish author seemed to model his own life. Wilde presented himself as an acerbic, cutting dandy through a bold wardrobe that included capes, ascots, fur-lined coats, broaches, canes, knee-length or pinstriped pants, tilted hats, and double-breasted suits, all of which was topped off by a mop of thick and shiny dark hair that any starlet would envy.