The power of a good quote is immeasurable. Think about it; strong words have the power to inspire and empower. They transcend time, touching people from all walks of life. Fashion has the same power; dressing can empower, engage, shaping our concepts of others and ourselves. When you get dressed, you decide who you want to be, how you want to feel, how others are going to perceive and understand you. It sounds deep – because it is! Wearing a pair of heels can make you feel like you can take on the world; stripping yourself of jewellery, wearing black, can make you feel camouflaged. Fashion and clothes have power, and these quotes highlight just that. Here are our absolute favourite quotes about clothes and fashion through the ages, from some of the most brilliant minds and innovative thinkers. Get ready to be inspired.
Starting with the most famous fashion quoter of all, Coco Chanel. When she founded her eponymous label in 1910 (she sold hats in her millinery shop in Paris), Chanel understood how she was empowering women, changing the way they were perceived and acted in society. These are just some of her very wise words, which we still quote today.
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
“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.”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
From one powerful woman to another, Editor and Chief of Vogue US Anna Wintour has always had a thing or two to say about fashion. Here are some of her most insightful thoughts.
“Fashion is not beautiful, neither is it ugly. Why should it be either? Fashion is fashion.”
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
Manolo Blahnik is one of fashion’s most beloved and respected designers. His shoes have reached iconic status. Remember Carrie’s obsession with Manolos in Sex And The City? He is a designer who knows great footwear. And his opinion counts when it comes to great shoes.
“I love exaggerated, and I love eccentric, but you must be comfortable. Otherwise it is nonsense. There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes.”
As New York – and the world’s – most respected street style photographer, Bill Cunningham has seen it all when it comes to fashion. We love his words of wisdom.
“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.”
This quote from Andy Warhol sums up how we feel about getting dressed up.
“Fashion wasn’t what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.”
Here are a few of our other favourites, just for fun:
“Women who wear black lead colourful lives.” —Neiman Marcus
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” — Karl Lagerfeld
“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.”
“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” —Marilyn Monroe
“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” —Jean Cocteau
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint-Laurent
“I can’t concentrate in flats!” —Victoria Beckham
“If I’m going dancing, then I wear the highest heels with the shortest dress.” —Kate Moss
It’s so important to remember that fashion belongs to us – not to the runways. That’s why we love this final quote, by the incredible designer Azzedine Alaia. It’s the truest of all.
“I make clothes, women make fashion.”
Guest post by Aran Sweaters Direct