I am looking for books or articles on  the history of Quaker simplicity (or plainness) rather than on simplicity as a spiritual practice or timeless, transcendent quality. Does anyone know of any?

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You might find the book Quaker Aesthetics, ed. by Lapsansky and Verplanck, of interest.

 

You could look at Amelia Mott Gummere, *The Quaker: A Study in Costume*.  The author is prejudiced against plainness, so one would have to keep that in mind.

 

Also, see Stephen Scott, *Why Do They Dress That Way*, a more balanced treatment that covers the full range of plain Christian traditions.

 

You should also look at Melvin Gingerich, *Mennonite Attire Through Four Centuries*.  Gingerich also has an anti-plain ax to grind, but his work is nevertheless scholarly and insightful.

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