The 43 Best Men’s Fashion Quotes to Live By

Normally, we here at Man of Many will have an in-house editor curate and then introduce a new topic or list. However, given the vital importance and rich history of men’s fashion, we reached out to Professor Von Duffenheimer III of the renowned World Top Fashion Institute to select and introduce the best men’s fashion quotes to live by. Professor, you can take it from here:

Yes. Well, as presumptuous as it might sound, men’s fashion is arguably the true meeting ground between life and art. After all, what else is so completely creative and completely functional at the same time? Even the finest pants you’ve ever seen should still fit over your legs and prevent others from seeing your family jewels, no? Well, crotchless leather pants notwithstanding. Hmmm. Anyway, we here at the WTF have even developed a complicated algorithm to prove that men’s fashion is indeed our oldest and truest blend of utility and artistry. Here it is: (man’s instinct not to exhibit his nether regions in public) + (the endlessly creative human spirit)  = Fashion. Yes. The mind has been blown. I know.

Because the world of men’s fashion is so wildly inventive and diverse, I mean there’s men’s formal wear, casual wear, tuxedos, work attire, gym shorts, and everything in between. We as men are able to choose from an evolving marketplace of ideas and subsequently appropriate our own brand of appearance for others to see and admire. I’m talking about personal “style” here, gentlemen. It is through a man’s sense of style that he is able to send deliberate signals out into the world, signals that help him surge ahead in life without needing to say a word on occasion.

Which brings us to the best men’s fashion quotes to live by. Here we have the world’s greatest minds emphasizing time and again that the clothes don’t make the man. It’s the man who makes the man–the clothes merely symbolize what kind of man has been made. Therefore, every time you throw on a suit, or purchase a new watch, or slip on a pair of shoes, or get a new haircut to be sure to remember that you are sending signals out into the world telling others what kind of man you are. Be proud of this fact, for it is as old as the tradition itself. Keep it classy with these fun captions and words of wisdom from a few famous folks.

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Presenting the 43 Best Men’s Fashion Quotes to Live By

1. “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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2. “A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.” – Unknown

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

4. “Almost every man looks more so in a belted trench coat.” – Sydney J. Harris

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

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6. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. “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.’” – Yohji Yamamoto

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

9. “Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.” – Herbert Harold Vreeland

10. “Create your own visual style… Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Orson Welles

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11. “Dress like you’ve made something of yourself in the world, even if you haven’t.” – Unknown

12. “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford

13. “Fashion is an art. You express who you are through what you’re wearing.” – Daniele Donato

14. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” – Pharrell Williams

15. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren

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

17. “Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it.” – Unkown

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

19. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” – Ralph Lauren

20. “I like nice clothes, whether they’re dodgy or not.” – David Beckham

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21. “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

22. “If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” – Anna Wintour

23. “If you’re asking someone for money wear a tie.” – Unknown

24. “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

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

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

27. “My Style – it’s black and it’s expensive.” – Mark Healey

28. “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

29. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z

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

31. “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” – Jim Morrison

32. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles

33. “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

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34. “Style is the perfection of a point of view.” – Richard Eberhart

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

36. “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani

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37. “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

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

39. “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

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

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

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

43. “You can never be over dressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

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