The Girl in the Check Scarf’s Favorite Fashion Quotes

The Girl in the Check Scarf shares a few of her favorite fashion-related quotes

I became interested in fashion at the age of 12 when a friend gave me my first fashion magazine. I was hooked instantly, and I read it until I practically memorized each page. Trends, styling ideas, designers, the business — it was all so foreign, yet so wonderful. I did as much research about the industry as I could, and the more I learned, the more I loved it.

Although all the studying helped me learn about the business of the industry, what taught me the most were clever, inspiring words of wisdom from fashion icons and writers. Their words helped me see the world differently as well as understand the purpose of fashion. I’m excited to share of few of my favorite quotes with you, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the years.

  • “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” — Oscar Wilde
  • “Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about having a good attitude.” — Adriana Lima
  • “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel
  • “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion.” — Lauren Hutton
  • “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” — Alexander McQueen
  • “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” — Karl Lagerfeld
  • “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” — Mark Twain
  • “There is no better designer than nature.” — Alexander McQueen
  • “One can never be overdressed or overeducated.” — Oscar Wilde
  • “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” — Alexander McQueen
  • “Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.” — Karl Lagerfeld
  • “It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.” — Anna Wintour
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo DaVinci
  • “Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always 20 times better.” — Margaret Oliphant

About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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