Here are some of our fave timeless style quotes to help you re-enforce that oomph in your step.  View the VIBE presents 23 men’s style quotes to live by — from living legends like Tom Ford to timeless style icons like Cary Grant.

A few years ago, whistleblowers would have called BS on GQ when the New York-based magazine argued that Toronto is “Canada’s most stylish city.” Montreal has historically been the hotbed of all things fashion-forward, but these days we Torontonians would have to agree that we’ve finally outdone the competition.


“Maybe it’s Canada’s piss-poor marketing skills (watch a Canuck-produced commercial for anything and you’ll see what we mean), but while no one was watching, Toronto morphed into a style capital that, “Hell, you could say it might be the most stylish city on the whole continent, and it’d be hard to argue”, said one of the oldest media authorities on men, GQ.  In honour of the new era of cool in Toronto men’s fashion, here are 23 men’s style quotes to live by…

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

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
– Tom Ford


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

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

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

“The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who in fact understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements.”
– G. Bruce Boyer

“Never use the word ‘cheap.’ Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans, it’s up to you.”
– Karl Lagerfeld


“I often take a brand-new suit or hat and throw it up against the wall a few times to get that stiff, square newness out of it.”
– Fred Astaire

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”
– Orson Welles

“Dress up your sportswear and dress down your formal wear.”
– Luciano Barbera

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“Almost every man looks more so in a belted trench coat.”
– Sydney J. Harris

“Like every good man, I strive for perfection, and, like every ordinary man, I have found that perfection is out of reach – but not the perfect suit.”
– Edward Tivnan

“Clothes are never a frivolity: they always mean something.”
– James Laver


“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”
– Charles Hix

“Never wear anything that panics the cat.”
– P.J. O’Rourke

“Every uniform corrupts one’s character.”
– Max Frisch

“The well-dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice.”
– William Somerset Maugham

“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.”
– Gay Tales


“Men’s fashions all start as sports clothes and progress to the great occasions of state. The tailcoat, which started out as a hunting coat, is just finishing such a journey. The tracksuit is just beginning one.”
– Angus McGill

“He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.”
– Logan Pearsall Smith

“The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed.”
– Honore de Balzac

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
– Yves Saint-Laurent


Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
– Mark Twain

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