In the sentence below I'd like to ask the meaning of BARREL in this context.

I'm not interested in dressing in the latest mode; a barrel and a pair of flipflops are fashionable enough for me.

It seems that a barrel refers to a kind of dress. But dictionary don't give me any meaning with regard to this meaning.

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    Sometimes barrel means barrel. May 10, 2017 at 11:06
  • 1
    Where is this excerpt from?
    – ARi
    May 10, 2017 at 11:28
  • 2
    Standing with a barrel around you is a common trope in old comics for the minimal thing to cover oneself as clothes. So terribly unfashionable.
    – Mitch
    May 10, 2017 at 11:37

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In this context, the meaning is that the person doesn't care about clothes too much. They'd be happy wearing a hollow cylindrical drum around themselves with flip flops.

To the author's mind, a barrel covers your body just as well as clothes do and hence equally good.

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