“A man who doesn’t take his fashion and style seriously is like a cat that doesn’t sharpen its claws.”
Of the many great and not so great fashion quotes for men, that particular pearl of wisdom is from yours truly, and it underlines the importance of men’s fashion and style in modern society.
It might not seem like it, but fashion and style have been a major cultural preoccupation since man first put on the skin of a sabre tooth tiger and gazed at his reflection in the primordial swamp. A lot has changed since those simpler prehistoric times.
If, like many men, you’re feeling stuck in a style rut, a few inspiring words can be all it takes to get the creative juices flowing and improve your sense of agency. We’ve gathered up our favorite fashion quotes for men from some of the world’s greatest minds to help you refine how you use style to communicate to the world.
Don’t feel embarrassed to laugh at some of them — a sense of humor is almost as important as the art of dressing well — And make sure to check out our beginner’s guide on men’s fashion, style and dressing for valuable tips on looking your prime through style.
Dress For Success Quotes
Like it or not, what you wear not only affects how other people perceive you, but it also influences your level of success in life. Being well dressed and groomed can make you more confident; help attract more positive attention from everyone, including women; and open doors to more opportunities.
“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”
– Oscar Wilde
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
– Mark Twain
“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”
– Arthur Ashe
“Dress like you’ve made something of yourself, even if you haven’t”
– Men’s Health
“Good grooming is integral and impeccable style is a must. If you don’t look the part, no one will want to give you time or money.”
– Daymond John
“The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, and the way others react to us.”
– Julie Rasband
“Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.”
– Herbert Harold Vreeland
“If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.”
– Anna Wintour
Your Style And Individuality Quotes
The fashion industry bombards us with what to wear and how to dress, but fashion should be about finding your personal style. These particular fashion quotes for men should inspire you to find a look that reflects your personality and makes you feel amazing.
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
– Ralph Lauren
“Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.”
– Jay Z
“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
“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
“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”
– Alexander McQueen
“Fashion is a playground up until a certain age. But then you have to find your own signature and your own style.”
– Nicolas Ghesquière
“Men with style are great because they have a sense of self.”
– Lexa Doig
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
– Rachel Zoe
“Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
“Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.”
– William Battie
Tailoring, Wearing A Suit Quotes
Nothing says classy and handsome like a custom suit, which is why every man needs at least one well-fitting suit in his clothing collection.
“A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men”
“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
“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
The Art of Dressing Well Quotes
As an ambitious man with big dreams, your ultimate goal with the clothes your wear and how you dress is to look your prime at all times so that doors to more opportunities open up for you. Don’t jeopardize your social status and chance at success with a fashionably inept wardrobe.
“Every man should have a magnifying mirror. If you look good magnified, you are set to go”
– Tom Ford
“It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.”
– Hardy Amies
“To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.”
– Hardy Amies
“Never wear anything that panics the cat.”
– J. O’Rourke
“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”
– Charles Hix
“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
– Tom Ford
“The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed.”
– Honore de Balzac
“The well-dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice.”
– William Somerset Maugham
Simple Style And Fashion Quotes
Many guys try too hard to be different by dressing outlandishly, but style doesn’t have to be complicated — it can actually be very simple. Sometimes, all it takes to stand out and look stylish is simply having the fit of your clothes on point.
“All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.”
– Cary Grant
“Buy less, choose well.”
– Vivienne Westwood
“Make it simple, but significant.”
– Don Draper
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Quotes On Fashion Trends
All men should be their own stylist and shouldn’t follow fashion trends, which are generally a way companies separate style illiterates from their money. You should only consider trends if they compliment your existing sense of style.
“Men’s fashions all start as sports clothes and progress to the great occasions of state. The tailcoat, which started out as a hunting coat, is just finishing such a journey. The tracksuit is just beginning one.”
– Angus McGill
“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
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
– Henry David Thoreau
‘Trendy is the last stage before tacky.’
– Karl Lagerfeld
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
– Oscar Wilde
“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”
– George Bernard Shaw
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
– Orson Welles
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
– Yves Saint Laurent
If these fashion quotes for men have inspired you to give your wardrobe a refresh, check out our other men’s lifestyle quotes. Also, don’t forget to share this post with anyone who likes witty, style-based humor and words of insight..