Words of Wisdom

Why do you love fashion? What do you think of trends? How do you define personal style?

Do you think when designers like Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent answered these questions, they’d have such iconic answers? Although my responses of “Burn camo studded sneaker wedges” or “You’ll never find me in a bandage dress” or “We have to wear clothes everyday so why not have fun with it?” will never be as known as these fashion icons, I hope at least one person will remember them (besides my mom or my boyfriend).

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So I thought it would be fun to share with you my favorite fashion quotes of all time and why I think they’re such great words of wisdom. Starting with my girl Coco who is responsible for my senior quote in the high school paper. Ironically I’m not all that classy and only a little fabulous so I guess I should revisit that special edition of The Torch and step up my game in the classy and fabulous department.

giambattsita vali quote, fashion quote

This could not be more true. And good thing I can spot a Giambattista piece from a mile away…clearly, he’s doing something right.

alexander wang, alexander wang quote

Is Wang then responsible for the popularity of “models off duty” blogs? Which I am totally a fan of by the way…

iris apfel, iris apfel quote

See the last fashion don’t on my about page. You tell ‘em, Iris!

manolo blahnik, manolo blahnik quote

See, fashion DOES help people.

alexander mcqueen, alexander mcqueen quote

That’s why he was such a genius.

gianni versace, versace quote

You call the shots, not fashion.

karl Lagergeld, karl Lagergeld Quote

Same message from Karl. Just a little more blunt about it.

yves saint laurent, yves saint laurent quote

I started ChiCityFashion for two reasons — 1) to showcase the cool fashion we have in Chicago and 2) to inspire people to think of fashion beyond this materialistic thing — it’s really something that gives you confidence and that’s something everyone should embrace. So yeah…I feel ya, Yves.

Do you have any favorite fashion quotes? Perhaps your own? Feel free to share your words of wisdom in the comments!

Photos via Glamour and Style.com


  1. I love this post! It is always so fun to hear what your favorite designers have to say about their work and industry!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I am not a fan of the quote “take off one thing before you leave the house.” While it may work for some people, to me it just doesn’t seem very fun. I like to pile on the bracelets – bangles, chains, cuffs, you name it. The more the merrier! To me, an armful of tinkling bracelets is much better than one understated bauble. So I guess my motto is “more is more!” Or, as Mae West said, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

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