132+ Best Quotes For Your Fashion Business [2024]

Updated: January 19th, 2023

Looking for inspirational quotes for your fashion business?

Whether you’re looking for motivation, a witty instagram caption, or something to win over your team and customers, we have you covered.

We put together a list of 132+ best quotes for your fashion business [2024].

Here they are:

132+ Best Quotes For Your Fashion Business [2024]

Inspirational Quotes

“There is no better way to increase your following and sales then by simply going out and meeting your target market. Go find events that your target market will be at, and go get your name out there face to face!” – Garret "Buddy" Lamp, founder of Knee Deep Limited LLC

“Social media advertising is so cheap right now. Not only that, but you can precisely pick customers in your target market. Take advantage while you can.” – Garret "Buddy" Lamp, founder of Knee Deep Limited LLC

“There are so many obstacles to overcome and take on on a daily basis and having the perseverance to get through them is, honestly, most of the battle.” – Tanya Zhang, founder of Nimble Made

“Don’t let others tell you that you can’t do something. You have to believe in yourself and really be willing to put in the work.” – Drew McNamara, founder of Creative Souls

“I’ve seen plenty of ups and downs. I have thought to myself, should I give up and do what a normal 25 years old would do?” – Drew McNamara, founder of Creative Souls

“Listen to your intuition, your own wisdom. Shut out the naysayers or the know-it-alls, unless you genuinely feel they can add value to your business story.” – Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets

“If something doesn’t work, try something else, particularly when it comes to marketing. Every business is different so Instagram, for instance, might work for some but not for everyone.” – Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets

“Your business will evolve and success rarely comes overnight. Be patient. Be resilient and be open to change.” – Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets

“Do your best to create a good honest relationship with your customers, staff as after all business is for people and takes time to build.” – Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma , founder of Cotilda's Fashion Limited

“Asking for help and advice is great, it is another form of learning from mistakes and achievements. However, what happens to others does not mean it will also happen to you.” – Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma , founder of Cotilda's Fashion Limited

“When you open your order from me, I don’t want you to be satisfied, I want you to be absolutely delighted!” – Betsy DeVille, founder of Betsy DeVille

“Create small goals and celebrate those achievements. If you are a sole proprietor, there won’t be anyone there to tell you, “good job!” So make sure you tell yourself.” – Betsy DeVille, founder of Betsy DeVille

“I had a check for $15K to start. I was too scared to take out another loan on top of my student loans and $15K seemed like so much money at the time. Now I look back at this, laugh, and wish I had trusted myself more.” – Jocelyn Thompson, founder of EPIPHANY LA

“Intention and strategy are important parts of running a business, but at a certain point, you just have to act.” – Niki Shamdasani, founder of Sani

“Everything I wear is a ‘DO’ and everything else is a ‘DON’T’.” – Christian Siriano

“I have fun with my clothes onstage; it’s not a concert you’re seeing, it’s a fashion show.” – Freddie Mercury.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive”. – Coco Chanel

“Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.” – Carrie Bradshaw

“Style is something each of us already has, all we need is to find it.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“I love the idea of embracing your curves and loving yourself while expressing it through fashion.” – Hayley Hasselhoff

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” -Yves Saint Laurent

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

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” – Coco Chanel

“Fashion is like eating. You shouldn’t stick with the same menu.” Kenzo Takada

"Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” – Bo Derek

“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Elegance is refusal.” – Coco Chanel

“Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.” – Donatella Versace

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“I wanted to be a certain kind of woman. I became that kind of woman.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Professional Quotes

“Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie and great pieces of music.” – Michael Kors

“Dress like you’re going to meet your worst enemy today.” – Coco Chanel

"Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person” – Oscar de le Renta

“If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.” – Coco Chanel

“You can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it.” – Isaac Mizrahi

“Fashion is what you are offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton

“I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting.” – Giorgio Armani

“We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.” – Coco Chanel

"The dress must follow the body of the woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.” – Christian Dior

"Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” — Sir Francis Bacon

"Fashion is a state of mind.” – Sonia Rykiel

“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” -Lady Gaga

“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” -Karl Lagerfeld

"If I was a woman, I would be dressed in the same thing for a month and just change my hat and gloves. Maybe shoes too; yes I see what you mean but, really, it’s the jewels that change an outfit.” – Manolo Blahnik

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” -Oscar Wilde

“A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage – what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.” -Lady Gaga

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” -Oscar Wilde

“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” – Coco Chanel

“Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“When I look back on the stuff I used to wear, I wonder why somebody didn’t try to stop me. Just a friendly warning, “You may regret this,” would have been fine.” -Ellen DeGeneres

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

“It’s not about the dress you wear, it’s about the life you lead in the dress.” – Diana Vreeland.

“Chic is when a woman is in harmony with herself.”- Giambattista Valli

"A woman can carry a bag. But it’s the shoe that carries the woman.” – Christian Louboutin

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” – Coco Chanel

“Playing dress up starts at the age of five and never truly ends.” – Kate Spade

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Harry Winston

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.” -Karl Lagerfeld

Life Quotes

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” -Oscar Wilde

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Fashion changes, but style endures.” – Coco Chanel

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel

“Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“I certainly feel that an adult woman has a right to determine what happens to her life and her body.” – Calvin Klein

"Good fashion is like rock music: all anarchy and revolt.” – Ann Demeulemeester

“I have married fashion and I think it has been a good wife.” – Franco Moschino

“I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes – it’s about all kinds of change” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” – Jean Cocteau

“Some women think that if the look this season is minis, they have to wear minis. If you don’t have great legs, there are plenty of alternatives.” – Ralph Laure

“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” – Christian Dior

“The principle of the design – the harmony, rhythm, and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.” – Venus Williams

“Fashion is an art and you are the canvas.” – Velvet Paper

“The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.” -Oscar Wilde

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” – Pierre- Auguste Renoir

“No matter how you feel, always get up, dress up, and show up.” – Regina Brett

“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.” -Michelle Obama

“It is beautiful to be who you are.” – Jean Paul Gaultier

“I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.” – Katherine Hepburn

“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang

“Fashion is a language. Some know it, some learn it, some never will – like an instinct.” – Edith Head

"In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.” – Iman

“Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore – and then you get something out of her” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Only an excellent fabric can originate an excellent fashion.” – Nino Cerruti

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

“I love fashion and that’s how I express myself.” – Victoria Beckham

“You can find inspiration in everything. If you are not, then you are not looking properly.” – Paul Smith

“Think pink but don’t wear it” -Karl Lagerfeld

“The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.” – Cecil Beaton

“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.” – Coco Chanel

Positive Quotes

“Dress designing… is to me not a profession but an art.” – Elsa Schiaparelli

“It is what a woman, leaves off, not what she puts on that gives her cachet.” – Paul Poiret

“A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul” -Karl Lagerfeld

“A woman with good shoes i never ugly!” – Coco Chanel

“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.” – Coco Chanel

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” – Alicia Keys

“I think in black.” – Gareth Pugh

" Fashion cannot be bought. Style one must possess.” – Edna Woolman Chase

"Fashion is more art, than art is.” – Andy Warhol

“We just don’t need fashion to survive. We just desire it so much.” – Marc Jacobs

“Darling, if you can’t look your best, then you cannot even leave the house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor

“Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour

“Fashion is architecture: It’s a matter of proportions” – Coco Chanel

“The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. When a woman smiles, a dress must smile with her.” – Madeleine Vionnet

“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but decide what you are.” – Gianni Versace

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

“Women who wear black have colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

“I want to remind people of a different kind of glamour, a different look, and breaking rules of fashion. I want to break the rules.” – Dita Von Teese.

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.” – Vivienne Westwood

“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.” – Marc Jacobs

“Who can really say who invents something first in fashion?” – Azzedine Alaïa

“Fashion is a tool. To compete in life outside the home. People will like you better, without knowing why, because people will react well to a person they like the looks of.” – Mary Quant

“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

“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” – Donna Karan

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel

“Fashion is about suspense, surprise and fantasy. It’s not about rules.” – Wolfgang Poop

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” -Yves Saint Laurent

“Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Elegance is the only beauty that will never fade.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I’d wear any of my private attire for the world to see. But I would rather have an open flesh wound than ever wear a band aid in public.” -Lady Gaga

“I am not trendy. I am not ‘in fashion.’ I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life.” – Thierry Mugler

“Excess is success.” – Roberto Cavalli

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