style is the man, the

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style is the man, the proverbial saying, early 20th century, meaning that one's chosen style reflects one's essential characteristics; earlier in Latin, and the French naturalist Buffon (1707–88) in the form, ‘Style is the man himself.’

In a covering letter of 2 February 1891 to the Daily Telegraph, Oscar Wilde wrote of a letter on ‘Fashion in Dress’ which he enclosed, ‘I don't wish to sign my name, though I am afraid everybody will know who the writer is: one's style is one's signature always.’