100 Fashion Quotes from Fashion Icons

Here are the top 100 Fashion Quotes of All Time


  1. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston

  2. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent
  3. “I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” – Diana Vreeland
  4. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton
  5. “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” – Miranda Priestly
  6. “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  7. “The customer is the final filter. What survives the whole process is what people wear. I’m not interested in
  8. making clothes that end up in some dusty museum.”– Marc Jacobs
  9. “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” – Alexander McQueen
  10. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” – Christian Louboutin
  11. “I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” – Carrie Bradshaw
  12. “She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” – Rihanna
  13. “I make clothes, women make fashion.” —Azzedine Alaïa

  14. “Can you please spell Gabbana?” – Andrea Sachs
  15. “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” – Yves Saint Laurent
  16. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
  17. “It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic by fashion.” – Yves Saint Laurent
  18. “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham
  19. “When you hear designers complaining about the challenge of their profession, you have to say: Don’t get carried away—it’s only dresses.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  20. “Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.” – Kimora Lee
  21. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren
  22. “The joy of dressing is an art.” —John Galliano
  23. “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw
  24. “We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” – Yves Saint Laurent
  25. “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” – Sir Francis Bacon
  26. “Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” – Betsey
  27. “Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing, and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” – Vivienne Westwood
  28. “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” – Miuccia Prada
  29. “Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.” —Kenzo Takada
  30. “Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen
  31. “Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent
  32. “We don’t need fashion to survive, we just desire it so much.” – Marc Jacobs

  33. “In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.” – Christian Dior
  34. “Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” – Michael Kors
  35. “The joy of dressing is an art.” – John Galliano
  36. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton
  37. “Fashion, somehow for me, is purely and happily irrational.” – Hedi Slimane
  38. “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
  39. Garcons humpback dress giving me a colonoscopy is just not groovy.” – Simon Doonan
  40. “I think that because I’m overweight, [my] fantasy was lightness. So I project my fantasy to the clothes, and now all I do is light, light clothes because it’s the one thing I don’t have. That is why I’m too afraid to lose weight because then I might make heavy clothes.” – Alber Elbaz
  41. “When you go to a nice restaurant, you want to be relaxed and have a drink and everything, you want to look at people who look well. You don’t want to look at some slob with an open shirt and a hairy chest—at least I don’t.” – Iris Apfel
  42. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” – Bo Derek

  43. “Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment and where you’re going.” – Pharrell Williams
  44. “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. Without it, you’re nobody.” – Diana Vreeland
  45. ”What you wear is such an expression of who you are. That’s like someone picking out who I’m going to date!” – Diane Kruger, on not working with a stylist
  46. “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” – Coco Chanel
  47. “I’m a very down-to-earth person, but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  48. “In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.” – Elsa Schiaparelli
    “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”–
  49. Elizabeth Taylor
  50. “Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.” – Simon Doonan
  51. “I know what women look good in. I don’t think the rules ever change.” – Michael Kors
  52. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. – Coco Chanel
  53. “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.” – Wednesday Addams
  54. “Make it simple, but significant.” – Don Draper
  55. “A great dress can make you remember what is beautiful about life.” – Rachel Roy
  56. “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
  57. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston

  58. “When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” – Iris Apfel
  59. “Buy less, choose well.” – Vivienne Westwood
  60. “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” – Ralph Lauren
  61. “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
  62. “Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring.” – Diana Vreeland
  63. “I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” – Lady Gaga
  64. “If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.” – Michelle Obama
  65. “You can have anything you want in life, if you dress for it.” – Edith Head
  66. “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy
  67. “Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” – G. Bruce Boyer
  68. “Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.” – Kenzo Takada
  69. “Fashion wasn’t what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.” – Andy Warhol
  70. “Style is very important. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style lasts forever.” – Ralph Lauren
  71. “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” – Jean Cocteau
  72. “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

  73. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
  74. “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” —Coco Chanel
  75. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles
  76. “I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person every day.” – Stephanie Perkins
  77. “Style; all who have it have one thing: originality.” – Diana Vreeland
  78. “Clothes have nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs
  79. “I am anti-pants.” – Lena Dunham
  80. “I can’t concentrate in flats.” – Victoria Beckham
  81. “Playing dress-up begins at age five and never really ends.” – Kate Spade
  82. “Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?” – Yves Saint Laurent
  83. “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” – Bill Blass
  84. “Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

  85. “We have this saying, Christy and I. We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” – Linda Evangelista
  86. “You can have anything you want, if you dress for it.” – Edith Head
  87. “I feel that flip-flops are the downfall of many relationships. It’s like, first it’s the flip-flops, and then it’s the sweatpants… it’s the gateway drug to no sex.” – LadyGaga
  88. “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” – Diana Vreeland
  89. “I design for the woman who loves being a woman.” – Diane von Furstenberg
  90. “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  91. “When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.’”– Caitlin Moran
  92. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” —Ralph Lauren
  93. “When you don’t feel to dress means that you are depressed. You need a fashion shower.” – Anna Dello Russo
  94. “There was a photo of me with weird sunglasses on and a green sweatshirt, some striped thing, with tights and cowboy boots… I just saw that photo and thought, God, I look crazy.” – Mary-Kate Olsen
  95. “I really would not call myself a fashion icon. I would call myself somebody who gets dressed by professionals… I would call me more of a monkey.” – Jennifer Lawrence
  96. “Fashion is all about happiness. It’s fun. It’s important. But it’s not medicine.” – Donatella Versace
  97. “I was at school when Britney Spears’s ‘Baby One More Time’ came out. I changed my uniform to look like hers. I just looked slutty after that, so thank you, Britney.” – Alexa Chung
  98. “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang

  99. “I like Cinderella; she has a good work ethic, and she likes shoes.” – Amy Adams
  100. “What’s becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art.” – Lupita Nyong’o

“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass

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