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"O vestido o tom."

Translation:The dress sets the tone.

September 9, 2013



When something "sets the tone" it simply means that that "something" influences the ambiance/atmosphere. If you arrive at a dinner party and the hostess is wearing something very elegant and formal...that "sets the tone."

If you choose to have a wedding ceremony at the beach, that "sets the tone" - the wedding is likely to be very informal and relaxed.


can "dress" mean "attire", "dress code"?


In this context, yes... I'm not sure about "dress code", but "attire" is a good translation.


I wrote "the dress gives the shade", but it is not right.


It accepted "gives the tone", very literal, but I woudn't know how to write this expression in English.

It's weird to be used with vestido, it's normally with people:

Você dá o tom = you determine how it's going to be.

It's a musician's expression extended to other fields.
One musician gives the tone/note and the others follow.


Kpas's post has the answer: "The dress sets the tone." It's an old expression but is still valid.


Good to know. Thank you.


Yeah some sentences are really useless and cryptical. In french i would say "La robe donne le ton". It means that you may know the mood of a girl/woman according to the way she dresses.


Tip: when you pronounce that expression, give a little more emphasis to the word tom because it is almost sounding like "O vestido Dalton".


My Brazilian wife says she's never heard this in portuguese.

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    Must be English, translated word for word.


    "The dress fits in" could be the English meaning for this sentence right?


    Not exactly. It's more like, "Your mood, or the party, will be reflect the dress you wear."


    Alguém pode me explicar o que significa

    "O vestido dá o tom." ??


    Significa que a maneira como alguém se veste define ou indica o clima ou a natureza do evento.


    I would say " sets the mood"

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