Style Quotes

A lot of very wise things have been said about fashion and style over the years, and I’ve enjoyed them so much I just had to share them.
“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes…change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.”
Virginia Woolf

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Coco Chanel

“The economic logic of fashion depends on making the old-fashioned look absurd.”
John Berger

“Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
Unknown

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
Bette Midler

“I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.”
Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989)

“Wit should be heard from your mouth not read off your breasts.”
Karen Homer

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), “Walden”, 1854

“The greatest beauty in a female is that which is most simple and at the same time gracefully adapted to exhibit the natural beauty of the female form.”
George Pope Morris

“Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.”
Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)

“Old clothes are old friends.”
Coco Chanel

“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.”
Edna Woolman Chase

“Understatement has a chic denied to over-emphasis.”
Arthur Bauman

“Fashion is general. Style is individual.”
Edna Woolman Chase

“Fashion is not something that only exists in clothes… it has something to do with ideas, with the way we live, with what happens around us.”
Coco Chanel

“Never despise fashion. It’s what we have instead of God.”
Malcolm Bradbury

“It is [every woman’s] right to ignore the dictates of fashion and dress in a manner that is becoming to her own character and personality.”
Lillie Langtry

“If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.”
Quentin Crisp

“‘If skirts get any shorter,’ said the flapper with a sob, ‘there’ll be two more cheeks to powder, and one more place to bob.”
James Laver

“Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.”
Sam Brown, Washington Post, 1977

“Suitability is half the secret of being well-dressed.”
Mainbocher

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.”
Gore Vidal (1925 – )

“Women who wear black lead colorful lives.”
-Neiman Marcus Advertisement

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

“No elegance is possible without perfume.”
Coco Chanel

“There are three things a woman ought to look: straight as a dart, supple as a snake, and proud as a tiger-lily.”
Elinor Glyn

“When I free my body from its clothes, from all their buttons, belts and laces, it seems to me that my soul takes a deeper, freer breath.”
August Strindberg

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One comment on “Style Quotes

  1. I had never heard of Edna Woolman Chase before, but her quotes here have inspired me to learn more about her. Thank you!

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