20 Best Quotes on Style

More dash than trash: 20 quotes about style.

Sometimes we all need a little style pick-me-up so here are 20 of the best fashion quotes of all time that remind us we don’t have to buy more than we need. As the designers and style icons quoted already know, in fashion – like life – it’s all about attitude.

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

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

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

Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality. –Alexander McQueen

I don’t do fashion. I am fashion. –Coco Chanel

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. –Sophia Loren

The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it. –Diana Vreeland

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

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 you live. –Gianni Versace

You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes –Vivienne Westwood

Style is primarily a matter of instinct. –Bill Blass

When it comes to wearing something outrageous, it’s not a question of “Why?” but “Why Not? –C. Gallardo

It’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting. –Jean Paul Gaultier

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

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.  –Epictetus

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

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest. –Christian Dior

Only great minds can afford a simple style. –Stendal

Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests. –Karl Lagerfeld

The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines.  It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her. –Madeleine Vionnet

All photos by Horst Diekgerdes

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.