Here are my Top 10 Inspiring Style Quotes … and why!
In my work, I help gentlemen raise their profile with improved accessories, style and confidence. These are the quotes that help me do that. I keep them posted around my office for inspiration.
So what is STYLE?
If you think about it, style is a combination of the way you dress, talk, move, or do anything. Put simply, style is how we express our inner being – who we are. This expression includes our thoughts, emotions, interests, and values. Everything on the outside is simply a reflection of what is on the inside.
I’m sure you’re with me on this first one…
Keep reading for my insights into each quote and how you can use it to your advantage…
“Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.”
Diane von Furstenberg
(Belgian-American fashion designer)
For some it comes easy. For others, a little work is required. And that’s where websites like Vintage Cufflinks & More are very helpful. You have a style within you, you just need to give it permission to shine. As you read through the pages of this website, you will find little gems that help you with your style.
And here’s the interesting part…
“The best gift you can give yourself is the gift of possibility.”
Paul Newman, King Cool
(actor, director, producer, race car driver, entrepreneur)
Making an effort to look your best will open doors for you – whether it be at work, in your private life or in social settings. Imagine being in a crowded room and the good-looking girl comes to talk to YOU. Or at work, when the boss asks for your opinion on matters. If you look the part, you will be taken seriously.
So what’s the trick?
“The trick to any profession is making it look easy.”
(actor, director, narrator, philanthropist)
And the trick to looking good is to make it look easy (and comfortable). One trick I learned some time ago is when you buy a new suit you should wear it for a full day before wearing it to an important social event, job interview, presentation, etc. This way, you learn how it feels and you get comfortable with it. If you’re not comfortable, you will fidget – and fidgeting makes you look nervous.
One of the successful senior managers at my last corporate job once told me that he had learned the trick of making it look easy. So how do you do it? Always smile, always treat people with respect, never show frustration if things don’t go the way you planned, stay calm during disagreements, do your research and speak authoritatively when putting your ideas forward. Some good advice, don’t you think? Thank you Matt.
Now, this is important…
“You have to feel confident. If you don’t, you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.”
(actor, director, producer, composer, businessman, politician)
80% of looking stylish comes from the confidence that you can pull it off. This quote is a good one to remember. When you are not confident, you might experience nervousness. If you are hesitant, others might jump in to the gap you created and steal your thunder. If you are defensive, it can come across as argumentative. On the other hand, if you are confident and comfortable, things will work for you rather than against you. This is a great lesson to learn.
Here’s what we found. Mr Armani was right. Was there any doubt?
“Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.”
(Italian fashion designer)
I love this quote! Think about it… In a room full of tuxedos, where every man is dressed the same, how do you stand out? You need elegance to be remembered. It’s not just about the clothes. It’s also about your demeanor, your body language, your confidence, your empathy to others. Everything works together. Think of someone with a presence, like Sean Connery. People notice, people listen. I have a couple of friends (Matt and Jamie) who are like that. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is about them. It’s all of the things I mentioned (clothing, demeanor, body language, confidence, empathy). They have charisma – the type of guy everyone loves and is drawn towards. I firmly believe that every man has the capability to be charismatic.
So what’s the solution?
“Do it big, do it right and do it with style.”
(dancer, singer, actor, presenter, choreographer, percussionist)
I like to abbreviate this one to “Do it right and do it with style.” Put a little effort into looking good and you will stand out from the crowd… people will remember you. Style is not just the clothes you wear. Having style is not about telling people what to do, it’s about leading by example. Showing people the way. It’s also about the way you treat other people and make them feel good about themselves.
Case in point…
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world.”
– Miuccia Prada
(Italian fashion designer and businesswoman)
You know the saying “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”? Make sure your first impression is a good one. Dress well, act well, be confident. Put everything you have into first impressions. You never know who you are going to meet at work events or social gatherings. One of those you meet might be a future employer. Imagine going to a job interview and the person interviewing you remembers meeting you at an event. Make sure they remember you for the right reasons – make a good impression.
Some time ago, we tested people’s reactions to past trends… and we confirmed what Mr Laurent says:
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
Yves Saint Laurent
(French fashion designer)
There is a difference between fashion and style. Learn how to excel at style. Start building your wardrobe with classic pieces that you can mix and match with other articles of clothing and with accessories. Never buy clothes that only go with one other thing in your wardrobe. This way, you will appear to have a much wider wardrobe than you do. The absolute beauty of buying classic pieces is that they never to out of style. This applies to formal-wear, office-wear and casual-wear.
It gets better…
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
(American fashion designer, businesswoman and writer)
Let your outfit speak for you and make a good impression. This also comes back to making a good first impression. When you walk into a room looking good and feeling good, people notice you and remember you. Walk into a room with confidence. Greet people with a firm handshake and a warm smile.
Take Tressie’s story, for example…
“I learned, watching my mother, that there was a price we had to pay to signal to gatekeepers that we were worthy of engaging. It meant dressing well and speaking well.”
Powerful quote from the book “Thick: And Other Essays”
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
(American writer, sociologist and professor)
By dressing well and speaking well, we signal to others that we are worthy of engaging.
I spent time learning how to dress well for the office environment and also spent time in the evenings reading up on topics that interested me. This gave me an edge, made me worthy of contributing to discussions and ideas. Try it yourself. You will often get asked what you do or what you are interested in. Speaking knowledgeably and with passion (no matter what the topic) is inspiring to others. Even if the topic is new to them, you can keep them engaged.
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So how do you feel now?
Most of us are not aware that we are communicating all of the time. Style is a visual communication. Style is how you present yourself to the world.
There is no doubt that when you start paying attention to your style and the image you present to the world, doors will begin to open for you. Doors don’t often just open… you have to work at it, you have to turn the handle yourself.
Look at the people who you think are lucky when it comes to opportunities. Are they really lucky? Or do they make an effort themselves?
You can create your own luck too.
Do you feel inspired to improve your style? Small changes can have big impact.
UPDATE: More quotes…
“The joy of dressing is an art.” – John Galliano (British fashion designer)
Dress well and enjoy doing so. Make it fun. Make it enjoyable. Imagine walking into a clothing store and loving to look at the clothes, feel the materials, enjoy the experience. Go to a tailor if your clothes need minor adjustments. You want to look in the mirror and like what you see.
Do you have any favourite style quotes not listed here? Add your comments below…