Clothing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old clothing quotes, clothing sayings, and clothing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story. Clothes as the story of our lives. And if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography.     

Linda Grant

Dressing well is a form of good manners.

Tom Ford

The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.     

Madeleine Vionnet

Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world.

Sophia Amoruso

He with the cleanest clothes isn't necessarily the cleanest.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Mark Twain

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Clothes are inevitable. They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible.

James Laver

The joy of dressing is an art.

John Galliano

Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul.     

Quentin Bell

Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.

Marc Jacobs

Clothes are never a frivolity: they always mean something.     

James Laver

A man cannot dress, but his ideas get cloath'd at the same time.

Laurence Sterne

Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.

Michael Kors

Clothing, and the products that you buy, are really about how they make you feel.

Chad Hurley

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.     

Arthur Ashe

Your clothes should be as important as your skin.

Amit Kalantri

A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.

Françoise Sagan

Elegance is a question of personality, more than one's clothing.

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters.     

Anne Hollander

The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.

Mark Twain

Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her true beauty can shine through.

Elie Tahari

Clothing is the first step to building a character.     

Sylvester Stallone

Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing     

Alexander Wang

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.     

Jane Austen

Expensive clothing is a poor man's attempt to appear prosperous.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Clothes therefore, must be truly a badge of greatness; the insignia of the superiority of man over all other animals, for surely there could be no other reason for wearing the hideous things.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

A woman's dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.     

Sophia Loren

Clothing doesn't really change a man. But it changes how others react to him.

Brandon Sanderson

There is no doubt a new dress is a help under all circumstances.     

Noel Streatfeild