Fashion Sayings and Quotes

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


You can never be overdressed or overeducated.     

Oscar Wilde

I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!     

Marilyn Monroe

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.     

Coco Chanel

Fashions fade, style is eternal.     

Yves Saint Laurent

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

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.     

Anthony Burgess

The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.     

Paris Hilton

The difference between style and fashion is quality.     

Giorgio Armani

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 to live.     

Gianni Versace

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.     

Oscar Wilde

Style' is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.     

John Fairchild

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.     

Quentin Crisp

It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.     

Alexander McQueen

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

Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.     

Coco Chanel

Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.     

Lauren Hutton

Trendy is the last stage before tacky.     

Karl Lagerfeld

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.     

Rachel Zoe

Fashion is a tool? to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.     

Mary Quant

I like fashion to go down to the street, but I can't accept that it should originate there.     

Coco Chanel

Because of the fashion, the young people don't have any access to the history of music, unless people like me revive it. There are very few people to revive it, because you can't earn any money doing it.     

Bill Wyman

Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It's not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you.     

Ralph Lauren

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

In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.     

Elsa Schiaparelli

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.     

Victor Hugo

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.     

William Shakespeare

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.     

George Bernard Shaw

Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.     

Coco Chanel

Fashion is more usually a gentle progression of revisited ideas.     

Bruce Oldfield

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.     

George Santayana

Always dress like you're going to see your worst enemy.     

Kimora Lee

The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.     

Giambattista Valli

You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.     

Christian Dior

You don't learn style from watching people on a runway. Fashion happens every morning when you wake up.     

Shalom Harlow

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

Criss Jami

Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.     

Vivienne Westwood

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.     

Coco Chanel

I don't do fashion. I am fashion.     

Coco Chanel

The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her.     

Mary Quant

To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.     

Marc Jacobs

Style is when they're running you out of town and you make it look like you're leading the parade.     

William Battie

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

Alexander Wang

Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive.     

Karl Lagerfeld

If you wear clothes that don't suit you, you're a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better.     

Vivienne Westwood

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

Sophia Loren

Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.     

Marc Jacobs

Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.     

Bill Cunningham

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.     

Coco Chanel

In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.     

Christian Dior

We built our fashion around three fundamental concepts: Sicily, tailoring, and tradition. Our dream is to create a style which is timeless, and to create clothes with such a strong personality that whoever sees them can instantly say without a shadow of a doubt: this is a Dolce & Gabbana.     

Domenico Dolce

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.     

Donna Karan

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.     

Henry David Thoreau

Most women are dissatisfied with their appearance - it's the stuff that fuels the beauty and fashion industries.     

Annie Lennox

The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.     

Venus Williams

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.     

Alexander McQueen

I have always loved fashion because it's a great way to express your mood. And I'm definitely a shoe lover. The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself. A woman can wear confidence on her feet with a high stiletto, or slip into weekend comfort with a soft ballet flat.     

Fergie

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.     

Coco Chanel

Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.     

Wayne Dyer

Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It's not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you.     

Ralph Lauren

I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be and to some degree, the woman I'm still a little piece of.     

Diane Von Furstenberg

Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.     

Anna Wintour

When I design and wonder what the point is, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad and they wake up and put on something I have made and it makes them feel just a bit better. So, in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But only a little.     

Miuccia Prada

You can't be melancholy in fashion because people don't respond to it.     

Isaac Mizrahi

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.     

Jean Cocteau

I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes -- it's about all kinds of change.     

Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is chaotic, and it can be an aggravation, too, but it is at its best when it allows you to express yourself.     

John Malkovich

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercouse.     

Sir Francis Bacon

The customer is the final filter. What survives the whole process is what people wear. I'm not interested in making clothes that end up in some dusty museum.     

Marc Jacobs

Fashion is never made by designers. Fashion is made by fashionable people. If Mrs. William Paley wears my hat, it becomes fashion. If it hangs in m stockroom, it's nothing.     

Halston

Even the materials and chemicals and pharmaceutical industries have gone high-fashion— with a rash of 'products' spewing forth, each aimed at customers' ever-shifting, ever-narrower-gauge needs.     

Tom Peters

The fashion industry is no more able to preserve a style that men and women have decided to abandon than to introduce one they do not choose to accept.     

Alison Lurie

Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.     

Edna Woolman Chase

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.     

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel

I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch.     

Gilda Radner

Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.     

Golda Meir

No fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: The dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionaire.     

Katherine Fullerton Gerould

Fashion should not be expected to serve in the stead of courage or character.      

Loretta Young

If the trousers do not attract you, so much the worse; For the moment I do not want to attract you. I want to enjoy myself as a human being.     

Dorothy Sayers

Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.     

Lady Duff-Gordon

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

Elsa Schiaparelli

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.     

Rue McClanahan

Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it's about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.     

Adriana Lima

People used to complain to me all the time, 'I can't even hear you sing because your clothes are so loud.'     

Cindy Lauper

Today, fashion is really about sensuality— how a woman feels on the inside. In the eighties, women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies—they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.     

Donna Karan

If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.     

Sue Grafton.

Does fashion matter? Only if you're out of it.     

Kim Campbell

Fashion, though in a strange way, represents all manly virtue. It is a virtue gone to seed.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity, and afraid of being overtaken.     

William Hazlitt

Fashion matters considerably more than horoscopes, rather more than dog shows, and slightly more than hockey.     

Roy Blount, Jr.

How strange it is to see with how much passion / People see things only in their own fashion.     

Moliere

Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics; never by the shortening or lengthening of the skirt.     

Elsa Schiaparelli

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.     

Henry Fielding

Fashion changes. Style remains.     

Coco Chanel

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.     

Jean Cocteau

I don't design clothes. I design dreams.     

Ralph Lauren

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.     

Oscar Wilde

No woman can look as well out of fashion as in it.     

Mark Twain

That the clothes we wear make a statement is itself a statement that in this age of heightened self-consciousness has virtually become a cliche.     

Fred Davis

The original senses of fashion, then, referred to activities; fashion was something that one did, unlike now, perhaps, when fashion is something that one wears.     

Malcolm Barnard

One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld 6. “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.     

Karl Lagerfeld

She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.     

Rihanna

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 Johnson

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.     

Orson Welles