For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a collector of words, jotting down quotations that appeal to me whenever I run across them. Most of my favourite fashion quotes were coined by people in the fashion industry, but the first one listed here was spoken by a Greek philosopher in the 1st century AD. It still rings true today.
“Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Epictetus
The others are more current.
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” Marc Jacobs
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Rachel Zoe
“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 necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” Ralph Lauren
“To me, style is all about expressing your individuality freely and courageously.” Timothy John Byford
“Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” G. Bruce Boyer
As I read through these, I realize that they’re all saying the same thing. I like them because they express my philosophy of style. What we wear is, or should be, an expression of who we are and shouldn’t be dictated by the current trends, the world of advertising, or by what everyone else around us is wearing.
My cabi stylist, Linda Kreamer, once put it this way, “Fashion is fashion, but style is your own.” (I’m sure she didn’t realize that I grabbed my notebook and pen and jotted that down when she said it!)
Our style is what makes us unique. While it’s great to take inspiration from what others are wearing, we each need to put our own stamp on a look. I’ve shared where some of my fashion inspiration comes from here.
There is no one more unique in the fashion world than Iris Apfel. I have a whole collection of quotes just from her, but this one fits well with today’s message.
“When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” Iris Apfel
Another of my favourite fashion quotes comes from a fictional character.
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Little Orphan Annie
And then, just for laughs, I can’t resist ending with these two somewhat irreverent fashion quotations.
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Mark Twain
“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.” Betsy Johnson