101 Best Fashion Quotes That Are Iconic And Inspirational

Get some inspiration from these quotes and make all heads turn around with your fashion sense.

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“A woman should be two things, classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

A quote that inspired me and continues to do so as it hangs on my bedroom wall. Some of the most iconic designers of all time are not just revolutionary with their designs, but also great wordsmiths. They are sassy, witty, and on-point.

Sometimes we end up dressing up like runway fashionistas or dressing down, that’s when you need these statements of positivity and wit. We all need some fashion inspiration to accept ourselves and dress up in clothes that express our personality, and to improve our attitude towards fashion. And sometimes, we lose track of it all and could do with little reminders (like my quote decal on the wall). So, for one such day, here’s a little dose of inspiration through some of the best and most inspirational fashion quotes out there.

101 Best Inspirational Fashion Quotes By Designers


2. “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.” – Christian Dior

3. “Some women think that if the look this season is minis, they have to wear minis. If you don’t have great legs, there are plenty of alternatives.” – Ralph Lauren.

4. “I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting.” – Giorgio Armani


6. “It’s not about the dress you wear, it’s about the life you lead in the dress.” – Diana Vreeland.

7. “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen


9. “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.” – Carrie Bradshaw


11. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

12. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but decide what you are.” – Gianni Versace


14. “Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie and great pieces of music.” – Michael Kors

15. “Dress like you’re going to meet your worst enemy today.” – Coco Chanel

16. “I certainly feel that an adult woman has a right to determine what happens to her life and her body.” – Calvin Klein

17. “I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.” – Marc Jacobs


19. “In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.” – Iman

20. “One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld

21. “The dress must follow the body of the woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy


23. “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang

24. “I love fashion and that’s how I express myself.” – Victoria Beckham

25. “Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person” – Oscar de le Renta


27. “Fashion is a language. Some know it, some learn it, some never will – like an instinct.” – Edith Head

28. “Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.” – Donatella Versace

29. “I want to remind people of a different kind of glamour, a different look, and breaking rules of fashion. I want to break the rules.” – Dita Von Teese.


31. “The principle of the design – the harmony, rhythm, and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.” – Venus Williams

32. “Good fashion is like rock music: all anarchy and revolt.” – Ann Demeulemeester

33. “I have fun with my clothes onstage; it’s not a concert you’re seeing, it’s a fashion show.” – Freddie Mercury.

34. “I love the idea of embracing your curves and loving yourself while expressing it through fashion.” – Hayley Hasselhoff

35. “I am not trendy. I am not ‘in fashion.’ I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life.” – Thierry Mugler


37. “Women who wear black have colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

38. Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” — Sir Francis Bacon

39. “ I have married fashion and I think it has been a good wife.” – Franco Moschino


41. “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” – Bo Derek


43. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Harry Winston


45. “Fashion is an art and you are the canvas.” – Velvet Paper

46. “I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” – Pierre- Auguste Renoir

47. “I wanted to be a certain kind of woman. I became that kind of woman.” – Diane Von Furstenberg


49. “No matter how you feel, always get up, dress up, and show up.” – Regina Brett

50. “Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour


52. “Everything I wear is a ‘DO’ and everything else is a ‘DON’T’.” – Christian Siriano

53. “Elegance is the only beauty that will never fade.” – Audrey Hepburn

54. “I think in black.” – Gareth Pugh

55. “Fashion is about suspense, surprise and fantasy. It’s not about rules.” – Wolfgang Poop


57. “Fashion is a state of mind.” – Sonia Rykiel

58. “A woman can carry a bag. But it’s the shoe that carries the woman.” – Christian Louboutin

59. “Dress designing… is to me not a profession but an art.” – Elsa Schiaparelli

60. “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.” – Vivienne Westwood


62. “The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. When a woman smiles, a dress must smile with her.” – Madeleine Vionnet

63. “It is what a woman, leaves off, not what she puts on that gives her cachet.” – Paul Poiret

64.Fashion is a tool. To compete in life outside the home. People will like you better, without knowing why, because people will react well to a person they like the looks of.” – Mary Quant

65. “Playing dress up starts at the age of five and never truly ends.” – Kate Spade


67. “We just don’t need fashion to survive. We just desire it so much.” – Marc Jacobs

68. “Chic is when a woman is in harmony with herself.”- Giambattista Valli

69. “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.” – Coco Chanel

70. “If I was a woman, I would be dressed in the same thing for a month and just change my hat and gloves. Maybe shoes too; yes I see what you mean but, really, it’s the jewels that change an outfit.” – Manolo Blahnik


72. “Style is something each of us already has, all we need is to find it.” – Diane von Furstenberg

73. “Who can really say who invents something first in fashion?” – Azzedine Alaïa


75. “Excess is success.” – Roberto Cavalli

76. “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” – Donna Karan

77. “It is beautiful to be who you are.” – Jean Paul Gaultier


79. “You can find inspiration in everything. If you are not, then you are not looking properly.” – Paul Smith

80. “Fashion is more art, than art is.” – Andy Warhol

81. “The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.” – Cecil Beaton

82. “Darling, if you can’t look your best, then you cannot even leave the house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor


84. “Fashion is what you are offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton

85. “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” – Karl Lagerfeld

86. “Fashion cannot be bought. Style one must possess.” – Edna Woolman Chase

87. “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive”. – Coco Chanel

88. “Only an excellent fabric can originate an excellent fashion.” – Nino Cerruti

89. “Fashion is like eating. You shouldn’t stick with the same menu.” Kenzo Takada


91. “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

92. “I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.” – Katherine Hepburn

93. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

94. “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” – Jean Cocteau


96. “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


98. “You can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it.” – Isaac Mizrahi

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

100. “The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” – Alicia Keys

101. “Fashion is architecture: It’s a matter of proportions” – Coco Chanel

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When it comes to fashion, some like a dramatic look while others prefer a minimalistic style. No matter your choice, the only thing that matters is carrying the style with the utmost elegance. There are multiple global fashion icons who have shared their experiences and perspectives on fashion and style.

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Famous personalities like Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and more have given us a broader perspective in terms of fashion couture through creativity. With their eye-opening fashion quotes, they have always made sure to help people feel comfortable in their own skin. While Carrie Bradshaw insists on loving ourselves first, Coco Chanel encourages us to have our looks on point. However, there is so much to learn from these quotes. Their underlying meanings do not apply to the world of fashion alone. You can get inspired by these quotes outside the fashion domain, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some fashion quotes about self-expression and individuality?

Fashion quotes about self-expression and individuality include:

  • “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” – Coco Chanel
  • “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham

How do fashion quotes help define and shape our personal style?

Fashion quotes define and shape our personal style by inspiring us to think about how we want to express ourselves through our clothing and accessory choices. They remind us to be true to ourselves and to choose clothing that makes us feel confident.

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