woman posing with hat

81 Inspiring Style and Fashion Quotes Worth Living By

Thanks for supporting StyleOtter! Just so you know, we may receive a commission when you click to buy something.

Fashion quotes were made to inspire.

We’ve got some badass quotes to share with you from some fashion pioneers and OG personal style influencers.  Take a look. Have more to add? Leave a comment down below!

Audrey Hepburn black and white
  • “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

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

  • “Oscar Wilde may have quipped that one can “never be overdressed or overeducated,” but Wilde did not live in our era of overeducated baristas.” ― Usman W. Chohan 
  • “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” ― Gwyneth Paltrow
Jim Morrison
  • “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.”- Jim Morrison
  • When I look back on the stuff I used to wear, I wonder why somebody didn’t try to stop me. Just a friendly warning, “You may regret this,” would have been fine.” ― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“Remember this: No one is looking at your imperfections; they’re all too busy worrying about their own.” ― Isaac Mizrahi, How to Have Style

  • “Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.” ― Vivienne Westwood
Black and white girl walking jean jacket
  • “She did what girls generally do when they don’t feel the part: she dressed it instead.” ― Zadie Smith
  • “A wise friend once told me, ‘Don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear.’ His point being that most designers, no matter what they throw onto the runway, favor simple, flattering pieces for themselves.” Tina Fey, Bossypants
  • “May your Valentine’s Day be filled with adoration, pampering, and a pair of gorgeous, tiny-heeled Jimmy Choo sandals that are completely useless in this weather. Just remember: You are totally worth it.” ― Cecily Von Ziegesar, Because I’m Worth It
  • “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.” ― Emmanuelle Alt
Woman walking all black
  • “The clothes or accessories you do or don’t wear are a statement, a reflection of yourself; that is why you should always try to wear ‘who you are’ not anyone else.” ― Sandra Chami Kassis
  • “Fashion is not the latest trends. Because every trend is not for everyone. It is what suits you.” ― Reiss Field

“No amount of high fashion can make up for a lifetime of poor posture.” ― Cindy Ann Peterson

  • “She was dressing for the life she wanted, not the one she had.” ― Sarah Dessen The Moon And More
Man motorcycle black and white
  • “Society tells me to follow my own truth, but I don’t let society tell me what to do. If you need someone to tell you that, chances are you’re part of the crowd that will move on to the next fashion that comes around.” ― Criss Jami
  • “A T-shirt is a T-shirt. Spending hundreds of dollars on it doesn’t elevate it. He was under-dressed, even if his casual outfit did cost more than my suit and tie. I once had another fashion victim tell me, ‘This T-shirt cost twelve thousand dollars!’ What difference does that make? If that’s the message you want to send about yourself and your fashion sense, you should wear the price tag, or that should be the message on your T-shirt: ‘Hi. This T-shirt costs more than a semester of college.’ Or: ‘Hi. I have money to burn. Please help me get rid of all this wealth.’ And my shirt, in turn, would say, ‘Great. Please write a $12,000 check to charity.”― Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet
  • “Black makes your life so much simpler. Everything matches black, especially black.” ― Nora Ephron
Woman standing in rain black and white
  • “Perfection isn’t necessarily found only in publicly accepted trends. Perfection is found in self.” ― Nike Thaddeus
  • “He who seeks beauty will find it.” ― Bill Cunningham

“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.” ― Lilly Pulitzer

  • “As long as you wear clothes you love, which suit your body and your personality, it won’t matter if you’re wearing a dress that was in vogue five years ago; you’ll still look amazing. Also, somebody has to START new trends, and that somebody could be you.” ― Rosie Blythe
Woman carrying basket of sunflowers black and white
  • “Trends are about as fickle as the direction of the wind; as are the legacies of those who flow with them.” ― Criss Jami, Healology
  • “Why do we go to all this trouble?’ Parker asked. ‘Men don’t notice anyway.’ ‘Because what we wear affects how we feel, how we act, how we move. And that they do notice. Especially the move. Get dressed, smoke the eyes. You’ll know you look good so you’ll feel good. You’ll have a better time.” ― Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After
  • “Can we just stop pretending that skinny jeans are a good look on anyone? Can we just band together and go for a boot cut, please? Ladies?” ― Jennifer Garner
hustle and bustle of the city
  • “Some women wear a miniskirt to reveal their thighs; some wear one to conceal their age.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s the life you’re living in the dress.” ― Diana Vreeland

  • “Confidence is always the best accessory. Own the moment. Own your space.” ― Andrena Sawyer
  • “Style never speaks, but somehow is always saying something.” ― Mircea Popister
think about things differently
  • “Never has it been inappropriate for a girl to wear a red dress.” ― Caroline George
  • “Beautiful people don’t need coats. They’ve got their auras keeping them warm.” ― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
  • “To be truly stylish (as opposed to merely “in style”, which is the opposite) is to be unabashedly one’s self, without reference to the fashions and demands of a sweltering crowd.” ― Michael Harris, Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World
  • “Fashion is only different skins for different flavours of you.” ― Lauren Beukes
  • “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” ― Marc Jacobs
  • “Just the way it never rains when you have an umbrella, you’ll never run into people if you look fantastic. But go outside in pajamas, and you’ll run into every ex you have.” ― Tim Gunn
  • “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

“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

  • “I think it’s cool to wear roadkill. If I died and somebody wanted to wear my teeth around their neck to VMAs, I’d feel honored.”― Ke$ha
  • “A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.” ― Coco Chanel

“…you don’t have to be perfect to be pretty.” ― Carson Kressley

  • “The most important thing to wear is a smile.” ― Ann Taylor
  • “It’s not a concert you are seeing, it’s a fashion show.” ― Freddie Mercury
  • “There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stadium fans black and white
  • “Consider the fact that maybe…just maybe…beauty and worth aren’t found in a makeup bottle, or a salon-fresh hairstyle, or a fabulous outfit. Maybe our sparkle comes from somewhere deeper inside, somewhere so pure and authentic and REAL, it doesn’t need gloss or polish or glitter to shine.” ― Mandy Hale
  • “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” ― Dolly Parton
  • “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” ― Yves Saint Laurent
  • “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” ― Anna Wintour
Woman in straw hat black and white
  • “I’d wear any of my private attire for the world to see. But I would rather have an open flesh wound than ever wear a band aid in public.” ― Lady Gaga
  • “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
  • “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” ― Henry David Thoreau
  • “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” ― Orson Welles
Woman on roof black and white - fashion quotes
  • “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton
  • “Great personal style is an extreme curiosity about yourself.” – Iris Apfel
  • “Style is joyful if you allow yourself to have joy.” – Stacy London
  • “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang
Coffee server black and white
  • “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’” – Yohji Yamamoto
  • “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z
  • “If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” – Anna Wintour
  • “The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, and the way others react to us.” – Julie Rasband
Confident woman posing in suit
  • “She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit.” – Rihanna
  •  “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
  • “When you go to a nice restaurant, you want to be relaxed and have a drink and everything, you want to look at people who look well. You don’t want to look at some slob with an open shirt and a hairy chest—at least I don’t.” – Iris Apfel
  •  “What you wear is such an expression of who you are. That’s like someone picking out who I’m going to date!” – Diane Kruger
Woman wearing sunglasses black and white
  • “You can have anything you want in life, if you dress for it.” – Edith Head
  • “Fashion is all about happiness. It’s fun. It’s important. But it’s not medicine.” – Donatella Versace
  • “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang
  • “Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.” – Adriana Lima
  • “The best fashion advice I’d say would be just to do what makes you comfortable and what makes you feel cute, and that’s how you’re gonna look your best ’cause when you feel your best, everybody else can feel it, too.” – Ariana Grande
Woman smoking
  • “If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends.” – Nina Garcia
  • “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
  • “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
  • “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

We are obsessed with these fashion quotes and hope you are too.

Ready to take your style to the next level? Head over to our post about identifying your personal style.