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25 brilliant style quotes from incredibly well dressed men

25 brilliant style quotes from incredibly well dressed men

27 January 2016

Getting dressed. It's probably something you've managed to do quite successfully since school age.

But there's a big different from finding matching socks to assembling a wardrobe that can get you places. More successful places.

From wise words to practical advice, allow these sartorial sages to educate you in the art of style.

(Images: Rex)

Oscar Wilde

""A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life."

Yohji Yamamoto

"Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: 'I don't bother you - don't bother me'."

Sir Hardy Amies

"A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them."

Henry Caville

"Don’t try to be fashionable. Wear what you like."

Orson Welles

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Jim Morrison

"Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts."

Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."

Tinnie Tempah

"Just because a jacket costs £1000 doesn’t mean it’s nice. Because of social culture where everyone is looking at each other, people give off the impression that because it looks good it has to be expensive when you can achieve the style you want without spending big. People confuse fashion with being pricey. Style is expression after all."

Karl Lagerfeld

"Trendy is the last stage before tacky."

David Bowie

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.“ 

Gianni Versace

"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."

Marc Jacobs

"To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear."

Pharrell Williams

“Fashion is more about feel than science.”

George Bernard Shaw

 “A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”

Arthur Ashe

"Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance."

Jay Z

"Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself."

Keith Richards

"You don’t find a style. A style finds you."

Cary Grant

 “All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.”

Pierre Cardin

"I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and grey flannel pants, a grey flannel suit, and black tie."

G. Bruce Boyer

"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."

Luciano Barbera

"Dress up your sportswear and dress down your formal wear."

Quentin Crisp

“Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”

Michael Bastien

"Always have a pink Oxford shirt ready for days when you’re feeling run down."

Nick Wooster

"If you can't afford a Rolex buy something equally as interesting at the other end of the spectrum... Don't buy a watch trying to emulate a Rolex."

Ralph Lauren

“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.”