50 Iconic Fashion Quotes | Timeless Quotes About Dressing Well – MarieClaire.com

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In the immortal words of Heidi Klum: “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out.” And while this may be true, a well-placed maxim can surely outlive one’s fashionability. Some fashion quotes have become so iconic that they now live far beyond their initial context and have entered fully into the pop-culture vernacular. By now, who doesn’t know that “florals for spring” are “groundbreaking” thanks to Miranda Priestly, or that Carrie Bradshaw likes her “money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet”? Fashion designers create the clothes that shape the way we look, so why should they not also provide us with a motto or two about we should live—to help guide us to be the most stylish and fashionable versions of ourselves? So whether they be words to live by, be inspired by, or just a perfectly bitchy backhanded quip to make you cackle, to follow are some musings on fashion, style and a life well-lived.

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Azzedine Alaïa

“I make clothes, women make fashion.”

Giorgio Armani

“The difference between style and fashion is quality.”

Cristóbal Balenciaga

“Elegance is elimination.”

Pierre Balmain

“The trick of wearing a mink coat is to look as though you were wearing a cloth coat. The trick of wearing a cloth coat is to look as though you are wearing a mink.”

Isabella Blow

“My style icon is anyone who makes a bloody effort.”

Naomi Campbell

“You better check your lipstick before you come and talk to me.”

Marchesa Luisa Casati

“Women of the world today dress alike. They are like so many loaves of bread. To be beautiful one must be unhurried. Personality is needed. There is too much sameness. The world seems only to have a desire for more of this sameness. To be different is to be alone.”

Coco Chanel

“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.”

Jean Cocteau

“The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off.”

Ann Demeulemeester

“Good fashion for me is like rock ‘n’ roll—there’s always a little rebellion in it.”

Christian Dior

“There is no such thing as an ugly woman—there are only ones who do not know how to make themselves attractive.”

Tom Ford

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

Thomas Fuller

“Good clothes open all doors.”

John Galliano

“Style is wearing an evening dress to McDonalds, wearing heels to play football. It is personality, confidence and seduction.”

Valentino Garavani

“Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion and surprise.”

Jean-Paul Gaultier

“It’s always the badly dressed people who are most interesting.”

Hubert de Givenchy

“The little black dress is the hardest thing to realize because you must keep it simple.”

Rudi Gernreich

“Fashion will go out of fashion.”

Edith Head

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

Marc Jacobs

“Life is a fashion show, the world is your runway.”

Rei Kawakubo

“For something to be beautiful it doesn’t have to be pretty.”

Junior LeBeija

“Come on, now. It is a known fact, that a woman do carry an evening bag at dinnertime. There is no getting around that!…An evening bag is a must. You have to carry something. No lady is sure at night.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”

Fran Lebowitz

“I don’t believe in God, I believe in cashmere.”

Christian Louboutin

“A good shoe is one that doesn’t dress you but undresses you.”

Alexander McQueen

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

Polly Mellen

“Style doesn’t have seasons.”

Isaac Mizrahi

“Remember this: No one is looking at your imperfections; they’re all too busy worrying about their own.”

Edina Monsoon

“Lacroix, sweetie.”

Franco Moschino

“Good taste doesn’t exist. It is our taste. We have to be proud of it.”

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