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Many great men have uttered wise words on the subject of fashion – discover some of the best. 

If you want to become an expert, it pays to listen to the very best.

At Whitehouse Cox, we love iconic fashion quotes for their insight, inspiration and, sometimes, humour.

Here are 25 of our favourites about gentlemen’s fashion that we like to live and design by.

1) Hardy Aimes

“To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.”

2) Quentin Crisp

“Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”

3) Alexander McQueen

“Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.”

4) Giorgio Armani

“The difference between style and fashion is quality.”

5) Orson Welles

“Create your own visual style… Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

6) Mark Twain

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

7) Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

8) Gay Talese

“Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define me as a man to whom details matter.”

9) Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.”

10) Oscar Wilde

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

11) Richard Eberhart

“Style is the perfection of a point of view.”

13) G. Bruce Boyer

“The style of studied nonchalance is the psychological triumph of grace over order.”

14) Hardy Aimes

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”

15) Herbert Harold Vreeland

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

16) Tom Ford 

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

17) Yves Saint Laurent

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

18) Charles Bukowski

“To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”

19) Luciano Barbera

“To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about.”

20) G. Bruce Boyer

“Real luxury is understanding quality and having the time to enjoy it.”

21) Charles Dickens

“Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed.”

22) William Battie

“Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.”

23) Hardy Aimes

“It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.”

24) James Laver

“Clothes are inevitable. They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible.”

25) Epictetus

“Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

If you, like us at Whitehouse Cox, are a lover of gentlemen’s fashion and all things style, then our luxury accessories and leather goods will be perfect for you!

If you have any questions about any of our items, get in touch with our team and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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