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Quotes on fashion and style

Best quotes on fashion
Best quotes on fashion

Quotes on fashion and style, best aphorisms and quotations by famous authors and writers on fashion, style, trends, to give a lot of ideas about the great culture of costumes, dresses, clothing and accessories.

Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
Fred A. Allen

I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.
David Bailey

Fashion is always changing mainly because culture, research and stupidity never stand still.
Carl William Brown

Fashions are born and they die too quickly for anyone to learn to love them.
Bettina Ballard

All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more or less well conceived, after beauty, an approximate statement of an ideal, the desire for which constantly teases the unsatisfied human mind.
Charles Baudelaire

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.
Coco Chanel

I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.
Stephanie Perkins

When in doubt, wear red.
Bill Blass

If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart.
Thomas Carlyle

Society is founded upon cloth.
Thomas Carlyle

Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses.
Coco Chanel

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
Coco Chanel

Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men any more than fine feathers make fine birds.
George Washington

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
Coco Chanel

Fashion, n. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey.
Ambrose Bierce

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only; fashion is something in the air. It’s the wind that blows in the new fashion; you feel it coming, you smell it. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
Coco Chanel

You know, one had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion.
Colley Cibber

Quotes on style and fashion
Quotes on style and fashion

You couldn’t tell if she was dressed for an opera or an operation.
Irvin S. Cobb

My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.
Jackie Collins

I’d like to put on buckskins and a ponytail and go underwater with a reed, hiding from the Indians… To me, that’s sexy!
Kevin Costner

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

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women’s clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

We are but a day in this world, and in that day the fashion is changed a thousand times: all seek liberty, yet all deprive themselves of it.
Dante Alighieri

Fashion is not usually amenable to reason and common sense; argument, entreaty, ridicule, are each and all alike in turn powerless in the matter.
Pye Henry Chavasse

Choose thy clothes by thine own eyes, not another’s.
William Penn

Fashion is a sapper and miner, and is ever hard at work sapping and undermining the constitutions of its votaries.
Pye Henry Chavasse

Fashion is nothing more than the temporary custom of rich and idle people who make it their principal business to study the external elegance of life.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton

The entire spring and summer line from Marc Jacobs was stolen on the way to the fashion show in Paris. The thief is considered armed and fabulous.
Jay Leno

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity.
Charles Caleb Colton

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.
Mary Hays

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
Hedy Lamarr

I’ve no desire to be ill-dressed; but I hate the feeling that I daren’t be ill-dressed if I want to.
John Braine

Fashion is conceived as irrational because it changes constantly, has no content, works as an external decoration, and carries no intellectual elements.
Yuniya Kawamura

The last person to adopt a ridiculous fashion suffers more derision than the one who first adopted it.
Lewis F. Korns

Fashion … has brought every thing into vogue, by turns.
Charles Caleb Colton

I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.
Coco Chanel

The irrational aspect of fashion is very important; fashion provides a field for the expression of fetishistic and magical impulses and beliefs.
Elizabeth Wilson

Aphorisms and quotes on fashion
Aphorisms and quotes on fashion

The apparel oft proclaims the man.
William Shakespeare

A young lady can only look charming at so much per yard. A pretty miss in calico is a lovely woman in silk; and a charming girl in muslin is an angel in satin. At least she thinks so, and who would contradict a lady?
Christian Nestell Bovee

The kinetic, open personality of fashion is the personality which a society in the process of rapid transformation most needs.
Caroline Evans

Fashion is a hard mistress.
Sarah Stickney Ellis

Fashion is a tyrant from which nothing frees us. We must suit ourselves to its fantastic tastes. But, being compelled to live under its foolish laws, the wise man is never the first to follow, nor the last to keep them.
Etienne Pavillon

Fashion is predicated on the fear that the naked body, divested of signs, is incapable of authority.
Christian Thorne

Fashion is unpredictable. Fashion changes overnight. Fashion is whimsy.
Michael E. Gerber

No fashion is ever a success unless it is used as a form of seduction.
Christian Dior

It should never be forgotten that any one who makes himself a slave to fashion is just as pusillanimous as one who makes himself a slave to any other master.
Jacob Wilson

Fashion is all about who you are. It’s about expressing your individuality and showing the world your personality. Fashion is not about looking like everyone else. So stand out!
Laurie Mcelroy

In dress, seek the middle between foppery and shabbiness.
Horace Mann

Fashion is fortunately no law but to its devotees.
Horace Walpole

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

There are certain things that even fashion cannot justify.
Lewis F. Korns

Fashion … is most capricious in her favours, often running from those that pursue her, and coming round to those that stand still. It were mad to follow her, and rash to oppose her, but neither rash nor mad to despise her.
Charles Caleb Colton

We smile at the women who are eagerly following the fashions in dress whilst we are as eagerly following the fashions in thought.
Austin O’malley

Many-tinted are the eyes of fashion.
Edward Counsel

Fashion is the veriest goddess of semblance and of shade; to be happy is of far less consequence to her worshippers than to appear so.
Charles Caleb Colton

I definitely think that fashion is a form of art and love that people can express themselves through what they wear.
Paris Hilton

Every new Fashion is a refusal to inherit, a subversion against the oppression of the preceding Fashion; Fashion experiences itself as a Right, the natural right of the present over the past.
Roland Barthes

There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever does not pretend at all has style enough.
Booth Tarkington

Fashion is socially reproductive, training us to be flexible and responsive to change in a fast-changing world.
Caroline Evans

We are living in such a troubled world that fashion seems completely irrelevant. Yet … it’s a very, very mysterious thing. Why all of a sudden do people like yellow? Why all of a sudden do people wear combat boots?
Diane Von Furstenberg

An air of fashion, which is but a badge of slavery . proves that the soul has not a strong individual character.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Fashion is capitalism’s favourite child.
Werner Sombart

Fashion is always silly, for, before it can spread far, it must be calculated for silly people; as examples of sense, wit, or ingenuity could be imitated only by a few.
Horace Walpole

A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent change of dress to recommend him to notice.
George Washington

Fashion and models quotes
Fashion and models quotes

The fashion world can truly be a jungle filled with manufacturers who come up from the bottom and are so tough, insecure, jealous and greedy that there is a kind of animal, killer instinct in them. It’s a fiercely competitive business.
Calvin Klein

What is called fashion is the tradition of the moment. All tradition carries with it a certain necessity for people to put themselves on a level with it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.
Yves Saint-Laurent

Unlike art, the consumption of fashion is not based primarily on knowledge or education but functions through visual awareness, a type of sensuality and perception of the corporeal self.
Valerie Steele

When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That’s charm.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.
E. M. Forster

Fashion postulates an achrony, a time which does not exist; here the past is shameful and the present is constantly “eaten up” by the Fashion being heralded.
Roland Barthes

You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.
Mae West

Fashion is one of the great living arts of civilisation and self-decoration one of the fundamental human urges.
Janey Ironside

Fashions change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.
Dante Alighieri

The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
Charles Lamb

People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.
Ralph Lauren

Seest thou not what a deformed thief this fashion is?
William Shakespeare

Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
Georg C. Lichtenberg

Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
John Locke

Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.
Paul De Man

Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency.
Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Most fashionable ladies are as diamonds because they are more costly than useful.
William Scott Downey

He alone is a man, who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.
Johann Caspar Lavater

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

Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no breeding.
Queen Maria

High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.
Christopher Morley

I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same.
Pablo Picasso

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes.
Cole Porter

Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy.
Erma Bombeck

Singularity in dress argues eccentricity of character. A queer cut of the coat represents a crotchet in the brain.
Christian Nestell Bovee

On the edge of discourse, of ‘civilization’, of speech itself, experimental fashion can act out what is hidden culturally. And, like a neurotic symptom, it can utter a kind of mute resistance to the socially productive process of constructing an identity.
Caroline Evans

Best aphorisms on fashion
Best aphorisms on fashion

Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.
Quentin Crisp

If fashion is a paradigm of the capitalist processes which inform modern sensibilities, then it is also a vibrant metaphor for modernity itself.
Christopher Breward & Caroline Evans

Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife’s clothes.
Thomas R. Dewar

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

It is rather a mark of vanity not to dress well. The sloven thinks that nature has done enough for him.
Christian Nestell Bovee

There would not be so much harm in the giddy following the fashions, if somehow the wise could always set them.
Christian Nestell Bovee

It is of little use to quarrel with particular fashions, however absurd. Fashionable follies seldom stand their ground long enough to be made the objects of serious attack. And where they give way to it, it is only to reappear in some new guise.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Ten years before its time, a fashion is indecent; ten years after, it is hideous; but a century after, it is romantic.
James Laver

The flowers of fashion have but fickle friends; they are the freak of the moment, much prized today, the more despised tomorrow.
Charles Edward Jerningham

Fashion is a sieve, and money spent on it as dust.
Edward Counsel

Fashion is not created by a single individual but by everyone involved in the production of fashion, and thus fashion is a collective activity.
Yuniya Kawamura

Fashion is an international language.
Sue Jenkyn Jones

The fashion industry is not interested in making women feel better about themselves. Fashion is about making people want something they are unlikely to get … and any satisfaction achieved is fleeting and faintly disappointing.
Hadley Freeman

Fashion as a belief is manifested through clothing.
Yuniya Kawamura

Fashion is a tyrant from which there is no deliverance; all must conform to its whimsical.
French Proverb

Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant.
Latin Proverb

I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.
Gilda Radner

He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
Logan Pearsall Smith

It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.
Yves Saint-Laurent

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

Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats and furbelows, by trinkets, by clothes easy to copy, or by the shortening or lengthening of a skirt.
Elsa Schiaparelli

No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.
Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Fashion wears out more clothes than the man.
William Shakespeare

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
George Bernard Shaw

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
George Bernard Shaw

You must be in fashion is the utterance of weak headed mortals.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
Henri B. Stendhal

Fashion! – a word which knaves and fools may use, Their knavery and folly to excuse.
Charles Churchill

We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
Henry David Thoreau

He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
Count Leo Tolstoy

It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.
Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

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

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

Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal.
Oscar Wilde

Great quotes on fashion
Great quotes on fashion

Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.
Oscar Wilde

Woman’s first duty in life is to her dressmaker. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered.
Oscar Wilde

The great attraction of fashion is that it diverted attention from the insoluble problems of beauty and provided an easy way – which money could buy… to a simply stated, easily reproduced ideal of beauty, however temporary that ideal.
Theodore Zeldin

It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.
Renata Adler

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.
Martin Amis

A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.
Coco Chanel

Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
Edna W. Chase

Style is the dress of thoughts.
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well-proportioned, would if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
Jean Cocteau

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
Cyril Connolly

Styles, like everything else, change. Style doesn’t.
Linda Ellerbee

Style is the image of character.
Edward Gibbon

To me, style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body – both go together, they can’t be separated.
Jean-Luc Godard

‘Tis beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just IT. Some women will stay in a man’s memory if they once walked down a street.
Rudyard Kipling

He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.
Paul Klee

Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.
Willem De Kooning

Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
Andre Malraux

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped on the material in hand.
Andre Maurois

Happy the society whose deepest divisions are ones of style.
Peter McKay

Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always twenty times better.
Margaret Oliphant

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
Blaise Pascal

No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and cliche, not from real life.
Ezra Pound

Fashions fade, but style is eternal.
Yves Saint-Laurent

Style is what gives value and currency to thoughts.
Arthur Schopenhauer

In our culture, futility plays the role of transgression and fashion is condemned for having within it the force of the pure sign which signifies nothing.
Jean Baudrillard

I do not much dislike the matter, but the manner of his speech.
William Shakespeare

Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style – but a particular kind of style. It is love of the exaggerated.
Susan Sontag

In the final analysis, “style” is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.
Susan Sontag

One had as good be out of the world, as out of fashion.
Yves Saint Laurent

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.
Wallace Stevens

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
Jonathan Swift

Spend all you have for loveliness.
Sara Teasdale

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

Elegance is innate… It has nothing to do with being well dressed.
Diana Vreeland

He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
Walt Whitman

Fashion is general; style is individual.
Edna Woolman

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