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having a drab or dowdy quality

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Instead, she has become known for dowdiness and cardigans, and is still in the show two decades later.
This could be referring either to Sylvia Hunt, mocked earlier in this story for her dowdiness by a now deceased friend of Clarissa's youth (154), or to Clarissa's sister, Sylvia Parry, a connection more evocative of a sense of female intimacy.
But for three women, the chance to swop glamour for grime and dress-sense for dowdiness is one they seized.
But when I realised that was never going to happen I got to enjoy the dowdiness.
In the case of Browse & Darby--a venerable venue that, as Camp himself remarks in the exhibition catalogue, "will always be thought of as Euan Uglow's gallery"-- those expectations are of something solid and measured like Uglow's paintings but rather distant from the concerns of most artists under fifty--in other words, something resembling a figurative tradition fallen into respectable dowdiness.
As a result, class sizes have risen and students' accessibility to their professors has declined, few new faculty members have been hired, regular professors have been replaced with sessional lecturers and teaching assistants, the number and variety of course offerings and degree programs have declined, library acquisitions have been cut, equipment has become increasingly obsolete, paint is peeling, and a general dowdiness pervades.
In June 1942, United Press correspondents Eleanor Packard and Jack Fleischer, recently returned from Europe, reported on the dour beauty scene in Italy and Germany: "Italy Aids Women to Keep Looks While Nazis Impose Dowdiness.
The narrator comments on Lady Mason's recognition of her powers, "Had she given way to dowdiness .
Although some lesbians were offended by the seemingly negative role in contrast to the heroic Medea, the new visible spectacle of lesbian sexuality, dressed out through leathers, in parity with gay male drag, seemed agreeably '90s after almost a decade of Dyke dowdiness.
Unless they are cloistered, most nuns have been forced out of their concealing habits and into dowdiness, allowed neither mystery nor the self-expression of style--the church thus accomplishing in the guise of freedom what a thousand years of tradition could not: the eradication of their allure.
In the white light of the studio the sullen mustard wool, the psychotic stitching, the brutal dowdiness snarled at the world.
There is a dowdiness about many of the other attractions along what could be Liverpool's showcase street.
The brilliance of Birmingham city centre simply serves to amplify the sheer dowdiness of other parts of the city.