All-Time Best 2019 Clothing Quotes

All-Time Best 2019 Clothing Quotes

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All women’s dresses, in every age and country, are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.  ~Lin Yutang
 
 
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
 
 
I want to die with my blue jeans on. ~Andy Warhol
 
 
Nothing is more alluring to a man than a woman who looks good in her jeans. ~Nina Garcia
 
 
Jeans represent democracy in fashion. ~Giorgio Armani
 
 
The New Women! I could barely recognize them as being of the same sex as myself, their buttocks arrogant in tight jeans… ~Fay Weldon
 
 
I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear — so I wear jeans. ~Cameron Diaz
 
 
You don’t have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump.  Lace knickers won’t hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa just as well as without, and a mild interest in the length of hemlines doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from reading Das Kapital and agreeing with every word. ~Elizabeth Bibesco
 
 
Clothes make a statement.  Costumes tell a story.  ~Mason Cooley
 
 
What a man most enjoys about a woman’s clothes are his fantasies of how she would look without them.  ~Brendan Francis
 
Clothes are never a frivolity:  they always mean something.  ~James Laver
 
 
Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight, I could hardly breathe.  ~Benny Hill
 
 
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater… suggest that he wear a tail.  ~Fran Lebowitz
 
 
Although a life-long fashion dropout, I have absorbed enough by reading Harper’s Bazaar while waiting at the dentist’s to have grasped that the purpose of fashion is to make A Statement.  My own modest Statement, discerned by true cognoscenti, is, “Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won’t Be Naked.”  ~Molly Ivins
 
 
The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.  ~Cecil Beaton
 
 
Never wear anything that panics the cat.  ~P.J. O’Rourke
 
 
No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.  ~Murray Banks
 
 
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. ~Mark Twain
 
 
Dressing well is a form of good manners. ~Tom Ford
 
 
Unmentionables — those articles of ladies’ apparel that are never discussed in public, except in full-page, illustrated ads. ~Changing Times
 
 
A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.  ~James H. Boren
 
 
I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.  ~Gilda Radner
 
 
People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon
 
 
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
 
When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.  ~Lois McMaster Bujold
 
 
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
 
I don’t see how an article of clothing can be indecent.  A person, yes.  ~Robert A. Heinlein
 
 
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
 
 
Seldom do people discern
Eloquence under a threadbare cloak.
~Juvenal
 
 
If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties?  How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?  ~Linda Ellerbee
 
 
I have a hankering to go back to the Orient and discard my necktie.  Neckties strangle clear thinking.  ~Lin Yutang
 
 
A man hasn’t got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.  ~Anne Petry
 
 
I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands.  When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat.  For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.  ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth
 
 
Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  ~Wilhela Cushman
 
 
A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.  ~Françoise Sagan
 
                 
 
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed.  There ain’t much credit in that.  ~Charles Dickens
 
 
When in doubt, wear red.  ~Bill Blass
 
 
Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
 
 
What a strange power there is in clothing.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
 
 
Without black-velvet britches, what is man? ~James Bramston, “The Man of Taste,” 1733
 
 
For the apparel oft proclaims the man… ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet [I, 3, Polonius] 
 
 
Strip the human race, absolutely naked, and it would be a real democracy. But the introduction of even a rag of tiger skin, or a cowtail, could make a badge of distinction and be the beginning of a monarchy. ~Mark Twain
 
 
      After all, what is the purpose of clothing? Are not clothes intended primarily to preserve dignity and also to afford comfort to the wearer? Now I know of nothing more uncomfortable than the present day clothes of men. The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
      The best-dressed man I have ever seen, however, was a native of the Sandwich Islands, who attracted my attention thirty years ago. Now, when that man wanted to don especial dress to honor a public occasion or a holiday, why he occasionally put on a pair of spectacles. Otherwise the clothing with which God had provided him sufficed. ~Mark Twain, 1906
 
 
There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they would mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.  ~Virginia Woolf
 
 
A man cannot dress, but his ideas get cloath’d at the same time.  ~Laurence Sterne
 
 
Shopping tip:  You can get shoes for 85 cents at the bowling alley.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
O what a sight were Man, if his attires
Did alter with his minde;
And like a dolphins skinne, his clothes combin’d
With his desires!
~George Herbert
 
 
Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.  ~Will Rogers
 
 
Remember that always dressing in understated good taste is the same as playing dead.  ~Susan Catherine
 
 
The only man who really needs a tail coat is a man with a hole in his trousers.  ~John Taylor
 
 
Do men who have got all their marbles go swimming in lakes with their clothes on?  ~P.G. Wodehouse
 
 
I simply can’t understand
Why swimsuits are in such demand
They’re soggy and damp,
Bind like a clamp,
And hold about three pounds of sand!
~D.R. Benson
 
 
Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden – what a sorry set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear!  ~Herman Melville
 
 
Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition:  it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul.  ~Quentin Bell
 
 
Stretch pants – the garment that made skiing a spectator sport.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Why is it considered seductive for women to wear beautiful clothes? Wouldn’t it make more sense to wear something so ugly that a guy couldn’t wait to take it off you? ~Flash Rosenberg
 
 
As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you, so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime.  ~John Ruskin
 
 
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.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
 
 
Where’s the man could ease a heart
Like a satin gown?
~Dorothy Parker, “The Satin Dress”
 
 
Almost every man looks more so in a belted trench coat.  ~Sydney J. Harris
 
 
The first purpose of clothes… was not warmth or decency, but ornament…. Among wild people, we find tattooing and painting even prior to clothes.  The first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration; as indeed we still see among the barbarous classes in civilized countries.  ~Thomas Carlyle
 
 
The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines.  It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.  ~Madeleine Vionnet
 
 
You have to have the kind of body that doesn’t need a girdle in order to get to pose in one.  ~Carolyn Kenmore
 
 
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.  ~Jane Austen
 
 
All dress is fancy dress, is it not, except our natural skins?  ~George Bernard Shaw
 
 
Every uniform corrupts one’s character.  ~Max Frisch
 
 
After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.  ~Douglas William Jerrold
 
 
Fashion is like the id.  It makes you desire things you shouldn’t.  ~Bob Morris
 
 
Character! do you say—what a long word for a flower! Yes, flowers have a great deal of character, and so have feathers and ribbons, lace and gauze. It is only a slight thread which connects all this with our feelings; but that slender thread is never broken…. thus we shall have in the kingdom of flowers an endless choice of decoration for the head-dress of woman, according to her style, appearance, and age. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875 
 
It’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.  ~Jean Paul Gaultier
 
 
A handsome shoe often pinches the foot. ~French proverb
 
 
Clothes are inevitable.  They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible.  ~James Laver, Style in Costume
 
 
She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak.  ~Woody Allen, Getting Even, 1973
 
 
On the subject of dress almost no one, for one or another reason, feels truly indifferent:  if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else’s do.  ~Elizabeth Bowen
 
 
For your own sake you should give her a new gown; for variety of dresses rouses desire, and makes an old mistress seem every day a new one.  ~William Wycherley
 
 
Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.  ~Epictetus
 
 
High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.  ~Christopher Morley
 
 
Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
~William Allen Butler, “Nothing to Wear”
 
 
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.  ~Oscar Wilde
 
 
Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters.  ~Anne Hollander
 
 
When I free my body from its clothes, from all their buttons, belts, and laces, it seems to me that my soul takes a deeper, freer breath.  ~August Strindberg
 
 
Fashion is architecture:  it is a matter of proportions.  ~CoCo Chanel
 
 
It’s not what you wear – it’s how you take it off.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.  ~Janet Lane
 
 
Fashion Law:  If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Like every good man, I strive for perfection, and, like every ordinary man, I have found that perfection is out of reach – but not the perfect suit.  ~Edward Tivnan
 
 
Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce
 
 
Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.  ~Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
 
 
Judging from the ugly and repugnant things that are sometimes in vogue, it would seem as though fashion were desirous of exhibiting its power by getting us to adopt the most atrocious things for its sake alone.  ~Georg Simmel
 
 
Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.  ~Quentin Crisp
 
 
To be a fashionable woman is to know yourself, know what you represent, and know what works for you.  To be “in fashion” could be a disaster on 90 percent of women.  You are not a page out of Vogue.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize. ~Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias
 
 
Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding. ~Philip Dormer Stanhope
 
 
His clothes fit him so ill, and constrain him so much, that he seems rather their prisoner than their proprietor.  ~Philip Dormer Stanhope
 
 
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?  ~Source Unknown
 
 
She had the loaded handbag of someone who camps out and seldom goes home, or who imagines life must be full of emergencies.  ~Mavis Gallant
 
 
Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.  ~Elsa Schiaparelli
 
 
No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.  ~Frederick G. Banting
 
 
There is nothing touches our imagination so much as a beautiful woman in a plain dress.  ~Joseph Addison
 
 
Your Business clothes are naturally attracted to staining liquids.  This attraction is strongest just before an important meeting.  ~Scott Adams
 
 
I have always dressed according to certain Basic Guy Fashion Rules, Including: Both of your socks should always be the same color, Or they should at least both be fairly dark. ~Dave Barry
 
 
So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882
 
 
But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare,
When at the same moment she had on a dress
Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less,
And jewelry worth tem times more, I should guess,
That he had not a thing in the wide world to wear!
~William Allen Butler, “Nothing to Wear”
 
 
If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she’s wearing your best sweater.  ~Pam Brown
 
 
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.  ~William Hazlitt, On the Clerical Character, 1819
 
 
A nudist is simply a human being without artificial additives.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare.  ~William Arnot
 
 
I love America, and I love American women.  But there is one thing that deeply shocks me – American closets.  I cannot believe one can dress well when you have so much.  ~Andrée Putman
 
 
A part of this strangeness of dress is that it links the biological body to the social being, and public to private.  ~Elizabeth Wilson
 
 
Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess.  ~Edna Woolman Chase
 
 
The best-dressed woman is one whose clothes wouldn’t look too strange in the country.  ~Hardy Amies
 
 
A skirt is no obstacle to extemporaneous sex, but it is physically impossible to make love to a girl while she is wearing trousers.  ~Helen Lawrenson
 
 
Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen?  He wore pants.  ~Lynn Lavner
 
 
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.  ~Dorothy Parker
 
 
Clothes therefore, must be truly a badge of greatness; the insignia of the superiority of man over all other animals, for surely there could be no other reason for wearing the hideous things.  ~Edgar Rice Burroughs
 
 
Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse?  ~Roland Barthes
 
 
On the fourth day of telecommuting, I realized that clothes are totally unnecessary.  ~Scott Adams, “Dilbert”
 
 
Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide.  ~Honoré de Balzac
 
 
He who sleeps in the raw, is in for a nude awakening.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off.  ~Jean Cocteau
 

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