43 Favorite Quotes about Men’s Style

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Being a lover of style as well as quotations it is only natural to have a list of favorite style quotations:

(In no particular order)

1. ”A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”
- Oscar Wilde

2. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquility that no religion can bestow.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. “The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it.”
- Lord Chesterfield

4. “One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style”.
- Cary Grant

5. “The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who in fact understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements.”
- G. Bruce Boyer

6. “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable.”"
- Beau Brummel

7. “Real luxury is understanding quality, and having the time to enjoy it.”
- G. Bruce Boyer

8. “Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”
- Charles Bukowski

9. “It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.”
- G. Bruce Boyer

10. “Style is the perfection of a point of view.”
- Richard Eberhart

11. “To attain style in dress, you must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have just donned.”
- Hardy Amies

12. “Precision in dress is the neurotic refuge of the perpetually insecure.”
- G. Bruce Boyer

13. “Dress up your sportswear and dress down your formal wear.”
- Luciano Barbera

14. “A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”
- George Bernard Shaw

15. “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
- Henry David Thoreau

16. “The style of studied nonchalance is the psychological triumph of grace over order.”
- G. Bruce Boyer

17. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”
- Quentin Crisp

18. “I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and gray flannel pants, a gray flannel suit, and black tie.”
- Pierre Cardin

19. “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
- Coco Chanel

20. “Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable.”
- Thomas Carlyle

21. “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. “
- Arthur Ashe

22. “Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed. There ain’t much credit in that.”
- Charles Dickens

23. “No woman really knows anything about men’s clothes. How could she? After all, she’s conditioned to obsolescence, to the principle that things go out of fashion. Well-dressed men know that nothing worth-while is ever outmoded, that a superb tailor’s work is ageless.”
- Finis Farr

24. “I often take a brand-new suit or hat and throw it up against the wall a few times to get that stiff, square newness out of it.”
- Fred Astaire

25. “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
- Epictetus

26. “Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.”
- William Battie

27. “To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about.”
- Luciano Barbera

28. “All dress is fancy dress, is it not, except our natural skins?”
- George Bernard Shaw

29. “He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.”
- Logan Pearsall Smith

30. “Do the clothes suit you? Do the clothes suit the occasion? Do the clothes suit each other?”
- Richard Plourde

31. “It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.”
- Hardy Amies

32. “To appear well dressed, be skinny and tall.”
- Mason Cooley

33. “There’s no such thing as a designer of menswear—it’s only history. The suit around the world is based on the english suit, which began in about 1670.”
- Hardy Amies

34. “Clothes are inevitable. They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible.”
- James Laver

35. “‘Tis hell to a man of spirit to be contradicted by his tailor.”
- Richard Garnett

36. “Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define me as a man to whom details matter.”
- Gay Talese

37. “The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed.”
- Honoré de Balzac

38. “Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.”
- Oscar Wilde

39. “A man must face the world with sprezzatura. It literally means detachment, but a better way to think of it is quiet confidence or low-key style. The most forceful statement is understatement.”
- Luciano Barbera

40. “To adapt a phrase from Le Corbusier, the suit is a machine for living in, close-fitting but comfortable armour, constantly revised and reinvented to be, literally, well suited for modern daily life.”
- Cally Blackman

41. “To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.”
- Hardy Amies

42. “Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”
- Charles Hix

43. “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
- Hardy Amies


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Comments

  1. Denny says:

    44. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
    - Yves Saint Laurent

  2. No. 31. – if only more men realised that. £3000 on a suit does not mean getting away with anything less than that on shoes. You only sit in one but walk in the other.

  3. rudy says:

    superb quotes. Will be sharing them with my students. We are on the topic of personal appearance

  4. Suave says:

    “I’ve never wanted to be in fashion. Because if you’re in fashion, you’re going to be out of fashion.”
    - Ralph Lauren

  5. Erik says:

    An excellent selection.

    However, what Emerson said, in full, was: “I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.”

    He was quoting English writer Miss C F Forbes (1817-1911) who actually originated it. She never gets the credit she deserves.