These people he has watched are not necessarily going against society. Rather, he describes subtle disorders in dress and lawn care.
This particular petticoat must have been entirely out of place so that it looked at though it had survived a great storm. When he sees a ruffled petticoat or a shoe string untied, or a lace out of place or a cuff not folded quite right, or a lawn left uncut, he sees the beauty of the individual and considers this to be art.
Thus, what the speaker sees as true art, is the slight disorder he sees in everyday life. They are not living as uncivilized people.
Works Cited:. The speaker here does not necessarily enjoy all kinds of disorder. This disorder is evidence of individuality and the uniqueness of each person and his or her lifestyle.
Delight in Disorder A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness; A lawn about the shoulders thrown Into a fine distraction; An erring lace, which here and there Enthrals the crimson stomacher; A cuff neglectful, and thereby Ribands to flow confusedly; A winning wave, deserving note, In the tempestuous petticoat; A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility: Do more bewitch me, than when art Is too precise in every part.