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20 Men’s Style Quotes to Live and Dress By


20 quotes from the sharpest minds and wittiest wits on the subject of men’s style.

Fashion and style have been a major cultural preoccupation since man first admired himself in the skin of a woolly mammoth whilst gazing at his reflection in the primordial swamp.

Since then quite a lot has been said on the subject.

Below we’ve gathered up our favourite quotes  – because being able to whip out a witty quip at short notice is almost as important as the art of dressing well, itself.

Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s also about what you say.


Making Your Mark in the World

“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

“Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.”

 – Herbert Harold Vreeland


Style and Individuality

“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


Suits and Tailoring

“A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men”

 – Anon

“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


The Art of Dressing Well

“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



“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

“He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.”

 – Logan Pearsall Smith

“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


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