Brewer's: Prick the Garter
(See Fast And Loose.)
Why, who cries out on pride [dress] That can therein tax any private party? What woman in the city do I name When that I say `the city woman bears The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders'? ... What is he of baser function That says his bravery [finery] is not of my cost?
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894