‘I don’t do fashion. I am fashion’ – The 50 best style quotes of all time

Inject some glamour into your day with these inspirational, and often beautifully poetic, style quotes from some of our favourite fashion designers and style icons.

1. ‘Walk like you have three men walking behind you.’ – Oscar de la Renta

2. ‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

3. ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.’ – Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel

4. ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal.’ – Yves Saint Laurent

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Yves Saint Laurent

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

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Karl Lagerfeld

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

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Bo Derek

7. Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.’ – Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn

8. ‘I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be and to some degree, the woman I’m still a little piece of.’ – Diane Von Furstenberg

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Diane von Furstenberg

9. ‘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

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Whitney Houston

10. ‘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

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Coco Chanel

11. ‘In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.’ —Elsa Schiaparelli

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Elsa Schiaperelli

12. ‘I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.’ – Carrie Bradshaw

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Carrie Bradshaw

13. ‘The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.’ Giambattista Valli

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Giambattista Valli

14. ‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.’ Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour

15. ‘The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.’ – Mary Quant

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Mary Quant

16. ‘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

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Betsey Johnson

17. ‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton

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Lauren Hutton

18. ‘Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.’ – Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf

19. ‘The difference between style and fashion is quality.’ – Giorgio Armani

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Giorgio Armani

20. ‘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

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Christian Dior

21. ‘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

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Gianni Versace

22. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’ – Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel

23. ‘I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.’ – Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga

24. ‘I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane’ – Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld

25. ‘Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the mostintriguing.’ – Alexander Wang

26. ‘When I design and wonder what the point is, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad and they wake up and put on something I have made and it makes them feel just a bit better. So, in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But only a little.’ – Miuccia Prada

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Miuccia Prada

27. ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’ – Rachel Zoe

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Rachel Zoe

28. ‘Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.’ – Alexander McQueen

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Alexander McQueen

29. ‘About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.’ – Manolo Blahnik

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Manolo Blahnik

30. ‘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

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Audrey Hepburn

31. ‘You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld

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

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Diana Vreeland

33. ‘Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.’ – William Battie

34. ‘I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.’ – Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren

35. ‘Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.’ – Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

36. ‘To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.’ – Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs

37. ‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ – Orson Welles

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Orson Welles

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

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Coco Chanel

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

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Yves Saint Laurent

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

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Sophia Loren

41. ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

42. ‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham

43. ‘Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce’ – Manolo Blahnik.

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Manolo Blahnik

44. ‘If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion’ – Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

45. ‘Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will’ – Anne Klein

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Anne Klein

46. ‘When in doubt, wear red.’ Bill Blass

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Bill Blass

47. ‘Fashion is instant language.’ Miuccia Prada

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Miuccia Prada

48. ‘Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.’ Charles Reade

49. ‘Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!’ – Donna Karan

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Donna Karan

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

Picture credits: Rex Features

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