33 of the best fashion quotes that will change your life

Karl Lagerfeld and others pose for fashion quotes

Do you live, love and breathe fashion? Then take a moment to inhale these oh-so fabulous words of wisdom from some of the most influential fashion icons and designers of the fashion realm.

Prepare to be inspired!


“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” - Karl Lagerfeld

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

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

“I don't design clothes. I design dreams.”- Ralph Lauren

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world. - Bette Midler

"I don't do fashion. I am fashion." - Coco Chanel

"I can't concentrate in flats!" - Victoria Beckham

"Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them." - Marc Jacobs

"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

"And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time." - Lady Gaga

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." - Rachel Zoe

"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

"Big girls need big diamonds." - Elizabeth Taylor

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." - Karl Lagerfeld

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

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” - Ralph Lauren

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci

"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

"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

"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

“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

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

"I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features." - Vivienne Westwood

"I’m not addicted to drugs, I’m addicted to glamour." - James St James

"Today, fashion is really about sensuality—how a woman feels on the inside. In the ‘80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies—they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes." - Donna Karan

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