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The 101 Best Fashion Quotes of All Time

The 101 Best Fashion Quotes of All Time

Shame on anyone who dismisses the multibillion-dollar fashion industry as frivolous. As Miuccia Prada astutely proclaimed, she has long gotten over her feminist hang-ups about working in fashion because she “realized that so many clever people respect fashion so much.” So many clever people also talk about fashion. So with a mix of humor and earnest, we present the 101 best fashion quotes ever. 

  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” Sonia Rykiel
  2. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel
  3. “I don’t want a politician who’s thinking about fashion for even one millisecond. It’s the same as medical professionals. The idea of a person in a Comme des Garcons humpback dress giving me a colonoscopy is just not groovy.”Simon Doonan
  4. “When I’m lying in bed I think about the next collection. That makes me sound insane, doesn’t it? That I’m getting into bed with David Beckham and thinking about clothes.” Victoria Beckham

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  5. “I tell people all the time I want to be buried naked, because there must be a store where I’m going.” Nan Kempner
  6. “If you don’t wear lipstick, I can’t talk to you. You need to have lips — they are important for getting men.” Isabella Blow
  7. “People will stare, make it worth their while.”Harry Winston
  8. “Very few designers today design — it’s very important to be able to do your own sketch on paper and then explain [your vision] to the fabric cutters. Instead, lots of designers drape — it’s the new way.” Valentino Garavani
  9. “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” Audrey Hepburn
  10. “When it is your time, it’s your time. There is no point in worrying about what you can’t control.”Jennifer Fisher
  11. “My biggest style regret is that I can’t fit into the models’ clothes.”Donna Karan
  12. “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” Vera Wang
  13. “I always wanted to create a collection inspired by sports. I never played sports, maybe that’s why it intrigues me.” Alexander Wang
  14. “When I get dressed in the morning I think: why don’t I ever wear any of this crap?” Robert Verdi
  15. “When you don’t feel to dress means that you are depressed. You need a fashion shower.” Anna Dello Russo
  16. “What I love about jewelry is you can change it for something else without surgery.”Joan Rivers
  17. “When it comes to Fashion Week, I think it’s time to hit a refresh.” –Nanette Lepore
  18. “Happily, women love me and buy my clothes, unlike Karl who’s never been loved like me!” Azzedine Alaïa
  19. “She [Kim Kardashian] was always my muse, now she’s become other designers’ muses.” –Kanye West
  20. “I love attention, I’m very honest about it … [but] if I wanna wear a pink dress or a lace dress or a kilt of whatever, it’s like I’m not solely doing it for attention, I’m doing it first for myself because it gives me pleasure.”Marc Jacobs
  21. “Wearing a pair of yellow shoes does not make you an interesting person, that is of course unless you’ve just murdered someone in them.” Simon Doonan
  22. “As a fashion designer, I was always aware that I was not an artist, because I was creating something that was made to be sold, marketed, used, and ultimately discarded.”Tom Ford
  23. “Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.” Oscar Wilde
  24. “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Christian Dior
  25. “When we were growing up, our mother taught us never to have your belly button exposed.” Mary-Kate Olsen
  26. “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” Yves Saint Laurent

     

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  27. “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”Karl Lagerfeld
  28. “I feel prettier with a naked face and ChapStick. But a good haircut makes a huge difference.” Lena Dunham
  29. “Every woman’s wardrobe should include black.”Kelly Cutrone
  30. “Personal style is attitude, attitude, attitude. It has to come from within.” Iris Apfel
  31. “A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.” Tom Ford
  32. “I think it’s wonderful and important for there to be so much choice for customers. Wouldn’t it be such a bore if we all created, liked and wore the same thing?” Anya Hindmarch
  33. “My biggest fashion pet peeve is this strange idea that a lot of people have that to work in fashion, you have to be mean. You can be great at your job and be a nice person!” –Rebecca Minkoff
  34. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” Gianni Versace
  35. “A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” Sophia Loren
  36. “You see me, I wanted to be fashion designer. I became fashion designer. So I think that everything is possible.” Jean Paul Gaultier
  37. “Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.” –Betsey Johnson
  38. “I’m so sick of mermaid dresses, trains, borrowed bling-bling, and a pose.”André Leon Talley
  39. “I think there’s something incredibly sexy about a woman wearing her boyfriend’s T-shirt and underwear.” Calvin Klein
  40. “I think the trick is, how do you spend time doing it but make it look like you haven’t spent time doing it? Over the years you look at women like Lauren Hutton and everyone says: ‘She just pulled her hair back and ran out of the door.’ I’ve been in fittings with Lauren and she definitely thinks about it. She just knows how to make it look easy.” –Michael Kors
  41. “I’ll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men.” Christian Louboutin
  42. “I realized that so many clever people respect fashion so much.” –Miuccia Prada
  43. “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudi Arabia.” –Anna Wintour
  44. “I’m not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I’ve never been to design school. I can’t sketch. I can’t cut patterns and things. I can shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf.”Kate Moss
  45. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” Ralph Lauren
  46. “Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce. So I’m still useful, you see.” Manolo Blahnik
  47. “Elegance is elimination.” Cristóbal Balenciaga
  48. “As far as I can remember, every dime I ever had went to something extravagant. I would rather spend more, buy fewer items and have them forever.”Rachel Zoe
  49. “Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends.” Kate Spade
  50. “The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself.” Diane von Furstenberg
  51. “Big girls need big diamonds.” Elizabeth Taylor
  52. “My mother was right: When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.” Jane Birkin
  53. “When in doubt, wear red.”Bill Blass
  54.  “You have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am; you’re the one with the problem!’ And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing, too.”Jennifer Lopez

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  55. “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” –Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
  56. “The best and the worst thing about fashion is that anyone can do it. But because fashion can be the most unintellectual thing, you have to turn it into an intellectual exercise just for your own sanity. You have to start with a concept.” Joseph Altuzarra
  57. “There is a real vulgarity in the way women dress at the moment. They show off too much and try too hard. They don’t understand where the line is between sexy and vulgar. I know where that line is.” –Roberto Cavalli
  58. “You’re only as good as your last haircut.” –Fran Lebowitz
  59. “Unshined shoes are the end of civilization.” –Diana Vreeland
  60. “You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know which was which.” –Helen Mirren
  61. “Bridesmaids are never going to upstage the bride.” –Georgina Chapman
  62. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” –Estée Lauder
  63. “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.” –Bill Cunningham
  64. “Fans don’t lie. They just tell you what they really think, and they see details that even people in fashion don’t.” –Nicola Formichetti
  65. “I’m prepared to forget about money if it affects my creativity because, remember, I started off with nothing. And I can do that again.” –Alexander McQueen
  66. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” –Pharrell Williams
  67. “Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” –Michael Kors
  68. “My biggest satisfaction is always when I make something beautiful and well-done that I can see on a real man or woman – not only in the glossy magazines.” –Frida Giannini
  69. “Life is hard. It is not too short, it is too long. But you have to learn how to live; you have to have a sense of humor.” –Carolina Herrera
  70. “People want to be in their own fashion tribes, so they want to wear the same clothes to be connected to everyone else in that tribe. But they want to be different from other tribes.” –Christian Lacroix
  71. “Fashion somehow, for me, is purely and happily irrational.” Hedi Slimane
  72. “Every woman in America has a French dream in her head, especially a Parisian one.” –Catherine Malandrino
  73. “I have no personality, or I have three, depending on how you look at it.” –Karl Lagerfeld
  74. “While working as a team, you push yourself forward and move outside the boundaries. It’s a great thing.” –Maison Martin Margiela
  75. “Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.” Issey Miyake
  76. “Gaiety is one of the most important elements I brought to fashion. I brought it through color.” Emilio Pucci
  77. “I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked.”Oscar de la Renta
  78. “I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don’t need so much decoration.” Jil Sander
  79. “The fashion world doesn’t know the word stop, so you have to make sure there are sublime moments every day.” Raf Simons
  80. “The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.” Giambattista Valli
  81. “Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.” Elsa Schiaparelli
  82. “The suit does not represent the businessman anymore. Nor does the loud shirt represent the rock star. The same man can now wear both.” Donatella Versace
  83. “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Anna Wintour
  84. “Fashion is not about buying a second skin. Fashion is about having a fantasy.” –Alber Elbaz
  85. “Ambition is not a four-letter word and women have to embrace that.” –Tory Burch

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  86. “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” –Karl Lagerfeld
  87. “We don’t need fashion to survive, we just desire it so much.” –Marc Jacobs
  88. You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life.” –Diana Vreeland
  89. The difference between style and fashion is quality.” –Giorgio Armani
  90. “It’s not about ‘wear now, buy now’ or whatever. It’s about buy[ing] whenever you can buy it, whenever works for you, and wear[ing] it forever.” –Stella McCartney
  91. “I believe in the semiotics of clothes. They send a message about how the world perceives us. For me it goes beyond clothes, it’s grooming. It’s accessories. It’s the whole head to toe look.” –Tim Gunn
  92. “I need a lot of black on my eyes and a little shot of vodka to be brave, because you’re beautiful when you relax.” Carine Roitfeld
  93. “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” –Bo Derek
  94. “The real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” –Christian Dior
  95. “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” –Charles Reade
  96. “You have to walk like you have three men walking behind you.” –Oscar de la Renta
  97. “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” Alexander Wang
  98. “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” –Donna Karan
  99. “I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” –Yves Saint Laurent
  100. “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” –Karl Lagerfeld
  101. “It sounds really corny but I think that if you’re beautiful inside it shows on the outside, for sure.” –Kate Moss