That is becoming
in dress which suits the complexion, figure, and other qualities of the wearer, so as to produce on the whole a pleasing effect. That is decent
which does not offend modesty or propriety. That is suitable
which is adapted to the age, station, situation, and other circumstances of the wearer; coarse, heavy boots are suitable
for farm-work; a juvenile style of dress is not suitable
for an old lady. In conduct much the same rules apply. The dignity and gravity of a patriarch would not be becoming
to a child; at a funeral lively, cheery sociability would not be decorous
, while noisy hilarity would not be decent
; sumptuous display would not be suitable
for a poor person.
Fit is a compendious term for whatever fits the person, time, place, occasion, etc.; as, a fit person; a fit abode; a fit place.
Fitting, or befitting, is somewhat more elegant, implying a nicer adaptation.
Meet, a somewhat archaic word, expresses a moral fitness; as, meet for heaven. Compare BEAUTIFUL.