55 Inspiring Fashion Quotes From Famous Designers About Owning Your Look

Fashion and personal style says a lot about a person. How you dress informs people of your emotions, ambitions, and even the amount of success in your career. And it doesn’t matter how young or old you are, don’t be afraid of sharing your love of fashion. Even these stylish seniors are confident with their sense of style.

Style is something you acquire through inspiration and practice. It takes time but once you find your personal style, your personality and aspirations will shine through. Here are 55 fashion quotes from some of the most famous designers in the world about owning your look.

1) Being stylish is worth the effort.

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld


2) Beautiful inside and out.

“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” – Valentino Garavani


3) Couldn’t agree more.

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


4) Be ready.

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham


5) First impressions count.

“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


6) It makes all the difference.

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


7) Find your style and own it.

“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


8) You’d be surprised.

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


9) Be bold.

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


10) Red is always gorgeous.

“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass


11) There is a huge difference.

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” – Yves Saint Laurent



“Luxury is the ease of a T-shirt in a very expensive dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld


13) It’s all about balance.

“Elegance is elimination.” – Cristobal Balenciaga


14) Always shine bright like a diamond.

“Big girls need big diamonds.” – Elizabeth Taylor


15) Make a lasting impression.

“Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.” – Giorgio Armani


16) So dress well.

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


17) You gotta have style.

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste – it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” –  Diana Vreeland


18) There you go!

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” – Audrey Hepburn


19) Style says a lot about you so own it!

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


20) It truly is…

“Attitude is everything” – Diane Von Furstenberg


21) Less is more.

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” – Coco Chanel


22) Amen to that!

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde


23) Wise words.

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


24) It makes all the difference.

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


25) Look and smell great.

“A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel


26) Like what you wear.

“I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says ‘Here I am!’ today.” – Iris Apfel


27) It’s always fun.

“I think that playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.” – Kate Spade


28) Vanity is a fashion must.

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” – Diana Vreeland


29) That’s what dreams are made of.

“I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.” – Ralph Lauren


30) That it is.

“In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.” – Elsa Schiaparelli


31) The difference between style and fashion.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. Style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton


32) You’re worth it.

“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


33) Be confident.

“I firmly believe that with the right footwear, one can rule the world.” – Bette Midler


34) Livin’ the high life.

“How can you live the high life if you do not wear high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel


35) Also, never underestimate the power of it.

“One is never overdressed or underdressed in a little black dress.” – Kari Lagerfeld


36) So true.

“I can’t concentrate in flats.” – Victoria Beckham


37) Find your own style.

“I don’t approach fashion; Fashion approaches me!” – Daphne Guiness


38) Everybody needs a great pair of jeans.

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: The most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” – Yves Saint Laurent


39) Me too!

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.”


40) You go girl.

“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” – Lady Gaga


41) Different is good.

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel


42) You bet it is!

“More is more and less is a bore.” – Iris Apfel


43) Not at the expense of staying healthy though.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” – Kate Moss


44) Always be stylish.

“Fashions fade. Style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent


45) I am beautiful.

“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.” – Coco Chanel


46) Don’t care about what others think. Be you.

“My look is a cocktail. I’m not as nicely turned out as the French, but I don’t care like the English.” – Jane Birkin


47) Fashion is functional.

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs


48) When you find it, you’ll know.

“Fashion is about something that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren


49) Like what you wear.

“If you wear things you adore, you just look better.” – Margherita Missoni


50) She has a point there.

“Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce. So I’m still useful, you see.” – Manolo Blahnik


51) It’s not easy.

“The hardest thing in fashion is not the be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.” – Giambattista Valli


52) Stand tall.

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” – Oscar de la Renta


53) You call the shots.

“We have this saying, Christy and I. We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” – Linda Evangelista


54) I couldn’t agree more.

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


55) Be glamorous

“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.” – Edith Head

You don’t have to be a professional model to be fashionable. Just own your style and make it yours! Please share these inspiring fashion quotes from fashion icons with your friends and family.

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