Retro Sayings and Quotes

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


If it works, it's out of date.     

David Bowie

Retro goes beyond the realm of mere imitation. A fundamental feature of retro is that, like nostalgia, it selects aspects from the past, always positive, and mixes them with the modern to create a new hybrid form that appeals to contemporary expectations.     

Christina Goulding

In the fashion industry, everything goes retro except the prices.     

Criss Jami

Any brand that attempts to live off a retro appeal is only going through a short second life cycle.     

Christie Hefner

Retro is a symptom of a generation that is too lazy to innovate.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

If you get old fashioned enough, you'll always be in style.      

Frances Farmer

'Old Fashioned' can expect strong interest because it taps into a universal human longing.     

David A. R. White

I think it's an old fashioned notion that fashion needs to be exclusive to be fashionable.     

Marc Jacobs

Retro-fashion's turnover of revamped ideas seems for the most part purely random. The vogues for period looks are not so much 'signs of the time' as floating signifiers that circulate endlessly within a relatively autonomous realm of taste and cool.     

Simon Reynolds

By the late 1970s a fashion-concious yet highly irreverent version of 'retro' crept into English, where its meaning remained fluid and vaguely negative; for many it represented a desire to recycle the past in a somewhat exploitative manner.     

Elizabeth E. Guffey

With his black-framed eyeglasses and retro fashion sense, he came off as more geel than chic.     

Brad Thor

Retro was a form of pastiche, less concerned with historical context than with the fashionable and hip qualities of 'pastness'. Retro can thus be defined as a process of scripting history into nostalgic narratives of the chic and trendy.     

Paul Grainge