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I heard this phrase in an interview:

I feel like a pig in a wig.

I understand from the context that it is like nothing, ugly or something similar. I have read that they use words that sound good together to express a feeling or so.

Could you help me understand this better?

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    There is insufficient context in the question. Can you add more of the transcript leading up to it? – MetaEd Nov 9 '13 at 16:28
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    Note Jennifer Aniston didn't understand it either. It's not a set phrase. It probably was used first by the poet Thomas Hood in his children's poem The headlong career and woful ending of precocious piggy. Read the poem. – n. 'pronouns' m. Nov 9 '13 at 18:14
  • I thought it meant to feel oddly. – Melissa Aug 8 '14 at 4:42
  • Ugly and conspicuous, no? – Django Reinhardt Oct 24 '14 at 1:04
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It means that something or someone who is usually considered to be unattractive is attempting to look more attractive through the addition of some superficial ornament (clothes, make-up or, indeed, a wig) that, however, fools nobody.

A similar phrase is "mutton dressed as lamb".

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It means obvious, conspicuous, sticking out like a sore thumb or you feel like you're not fooling anybody- depending on the context.

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    Do you have any evidence for this (e.g., a reference)? – Scott Mar 19 '18 at 0:51

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