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Style

  • I don't know when the word fashion came into being, but it was an evil day. For thousands of years people got along with something called style and maybe, in another thousand, we'll go back to it.

  • Style doesn't change every month or every year. It only changes as often as there is a real change in the point of view and lives of the people for whom it is produced.

  • There is no word in English for chic. Why should there be? Everything chic is by legend French. Perhaps everything chic is in reality French.

  • Chic is a combination of style and fashion.

  • ... being chic not only takes a great deal of money but an enormous amount of time. It practically precludes everything else, even being on charity committees. Half of one's time goes getting chic, the other half being seen that way.

  • When people tell you a coat or dress is cut on classic lines it means it's something that isn't smart now and won't be smart ten years hence.

  • Style is something peculiar to one person; it expresses one personality and one only; it cannot be shared.

    • Freya Stark,
    • "A Note on Style," The Arch of the Zodiac ()
  • Styles, like everything else, change. Style doesn't.

  • Style is the outward expresion of your inner self.

  • Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better.

  • I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.

  • A cultivated style would be like a mask. Everybody knows it's a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself — or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind. ... You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own way.

  • She [my mother] was a very elegant woman. When a flying saucer landed on the lawn, she turned it over to see if it was Wedgwood.

    • Joan Rivers,
    • with Richard Merryman, Still Talking ()
  • Style, if it can be summed up in a sentence, is the ability to say in writing, with clarity and economy and grace, precisely what you want to say.

  • Style in writing is like style in anything else — some special quality that commands interest or gives pleasure, something that makes you 'sit up and take notice.'

  • ... style is not a gift. It is technique. It is the 'how' of writing as opposed to the 'what.' No matter what you have to say, you can learn to say it well. And that is style.

  • ... ultimately your style reflects everything that you are — your attitudes, your capacity for thought and feeling, the whole quality of your mind and imagination.

  • Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring.

    • Carmel Snow,
    • in Dorothy Sarnoff, Never Be Nervous Again ()
  • Style is what's there when you look at someone's writing and you know that they wrote it and nobody else did.

    • Fay Weldon,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • ... it is not chic to be too chic.

  • Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.

  • Fashion is general; style is individual ...

  • Style consists in maintaining a convincing reality all through a piece. It's like wearing a garment that looks as if it might have been made for you even if it wasn't.

  • Money has nothing to do with style at all, but naturally it helps every situation.

    • Diana Vreeland,
    • in Lynn Gilbert with Gaylen Moore, Particular Passions: Diana Vreeland ()
  • The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.

  • Vogue always did stand for people's lives. I mean, a new dress doesn't get you anywhere; it's the life you're living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.

  • Even if a thing is not beautiful, it is living art if it is someone's experience. To do a thing as nobody else could have done it — if you can wrench that out of yourself — is style. Beauty is well enough, but I think I have found out that truth is greater than that, and any room or shop window or business letter that is honestly drawn from the burning center of someone's belief and not from the general vat of what everybody else does and thinks, has magic in it. There is nothing so magical as life.

  • I try to teach my students style, but always as a part of life, not as ornament. Style has to come out of communicating coherent thought, not in sticking little flowers on speeches. Style and substance and a sense of life are the things literature is composed of. One must use one's own personality in relationship to life and language, of course, and everyone has such a relationship. Some people find it, some don't find it, but it's there.

  • Before you go out, always take off something you've put on, because you probably are wearing too much.

  • Glamour is what makes a man ask for your telephone number. But it also is what makes a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker.

  • Designers pay me not to wear their clothes. I get a big fat check at the end of the year and cards from everybody like Dolce & Gabbana, saying, 'I know you didn't wear any of my things. Thank you.'

  • You can acquire chic and elegance, but style itself is a rare thing.

  • Fashions are born and they die too quickly for anyone to learn to love them.

  • I didn't need to be told that Miss Thornless was the biggest wheel of all on Beau Monde. Her secretaries were so elegant they could hardly lift up their heads. With every sentence, they sounded as if they were going to call me an upstart, only they were too exhausted to bother that day.

  • Glamour is just sex that got civilized.

  • Glamour really has to do with good lighting, doesn't it?

    • Nigella Lawson,
    • in Tracy Cochran, "The Feast of Life," Publishers Weekly ()
  • It's what you leave off a dress that makes it smart.

  • There is only one proper way to wear a beautiful dress: to forget you are wearing it.

  • Style is about the right jewelry, the right know how, the right neckline, and above all, the right attitude.

    • Joyce,
    • in Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style ()
  • My philosophy is fashion says 'me, too,' while style says 'only me.'

    • Lynn Dell,
    • in Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style ()
  • Dress for the personality you want, not the one you have.

  • Glamour should be effortless. Or at least look it.