20 (More) Great Quotes on Style

On simplicity, little black dresses, perceived beauty and how to have it all: 20 quotes about style.

Perhaps it’s time for another little style pick-me-up so here are 20 more of the best style and fashion quotes of all time. We can all probably agree with fashion greats like Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint-Laurent and Sophia Loren when they tell us that style is not about what you buy, it’s what you make of it. But still, it’s nice to hear it from the icons.

You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur. -Karl Lagerfeld

I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it. -Alexander McQueen

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. -Marilyn Monroe

What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language. -Miuccia Prada

I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants. -Whitney Houston

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

Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times. -Betsey Johnson

So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date. -Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. -Anna Wintour

One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress. -Karl Lagerfeld

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. -Audrey Hepburn

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. –Coco Chanel

Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind… a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static. -Oleg Cassini

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

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” -Yves Saint-Laurent

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. -Oscar Wilde

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

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. -Thomas Jefferson

You can have whatever you want if you dress for it. -Edith Head

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Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.