Posted on September 12 2018
Quotes to live by, we all have them. Sometimes the simplest quote is a comfort or a reminder that helps us get through life. “This, too, shall pass” is a good example that’s gotten me through (too many) hurricanes. The Serenity Prayer is another tried-and true, to help us with perspective when times are challenging.Because this is a (sometimes, heh) style blog, let’s look at some style quotes that can help us get dressed authentically.
Here are eight style quotes from famous faces of fashion that have helped me get dressed over the years:
“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” – Alexander Mc Queen.
“I loathe narcissism. But I approve of vanity.” – Diana Vreeland. This is a spot-on quote about the difference. Vanity, applied judiciously, is beneficial for putting our best selves forward. Narcissism is ugly.
“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. . . . It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.” – Iris Apfel. I love the emphasis on attitude, which I think is the only “secret” to looking fabulous.
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are.” – Gianni Versace. Well, I was crazy about Mr. Versace, his talent and his kind soul. His advice about trends is totally relevant in every era. Trends come and go, and in a few decades, they come back!
“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to . . . give them confidence.” – Yves Saint Laurent. Preach it, YSL. Confidence and attitude, that’s what we’re talking about.
“Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.” – Simon Doonan. I’ve read his style books, and he’s a witty commentator. I agree that the “group identity” suffocates personal style.
“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.” – Mary Quant. Loved her for the miniskirt revolution, and she’s right about this – don’t be out-shone by your out-fit.
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world . . . Fashion is instant language.” – Miuccia Prada. Communication is visual as well as verbal. Let your outfits speak from the heart.
And a bonus quote from my favorite performer, the inimitable Lady G:
“I don’t consider my own clothing to be outrageous…To me it’s very beautiful and it’s art, and to them it’s outrageous and crazy”
– Lady Gaga