55 Inspiring Fashion Quotes From Famous Designers About Owning Your Look

Fashion and personal style say 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 over-educated.” – 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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