Fashion and Life quotes


2nd Take is sharing with you the best fashion and life quotes of our favourite designers and idols


Self Confidence

“Your Fashion style and choice of clothes, can greatly influence your Self Confidence”

Bettina Berlep (Owner and Founder of 2nd Take)

“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters, so its alright to relax.”
Claire Cook


“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”
Roy disney


“When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.”


“Two things prevent you from happiness; living in the past and observing others.”


“Sometimes it is okay if the only thing you did today was to breath.”


“Stand up for something, even if it means standing alone.  Often, the one who flies solo has the strongest wings.”
Naomi Keddy’


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” 

Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854 – 1900)


“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Dr. Seuss 


Winning doesn’t always mean being first. winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”

Bonnie Blair


“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what is really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”  

Alicia Keys 


“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

Albert Einstein


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

Dr. Seuss


“Every Morning you have two choices, continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.”

Oscar Wilde


“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightingale


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.”




“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dream.”

Oprah Winfrey


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“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”  

Audrey Hepburn (British Actress and Humanitiarian 1929 – 1993)




“The woman is the most perfect doll that I have dressed with delight and admiration.” 

Karl Lagerfeld (German Fashion Designer)


“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” 

Hubert de Givenchy (French Aristocrat and Fashion Designer, 1927 -)


“Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a woman feels on the inside. In the ’80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies, they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.”

Donna Karan (American Jewish Fashion Designer, 1948 -)


“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence – which, I believe, does make the woman.”

Mary Kay Ashe (American Businesswoman and Entrepreneur, 1918 – 2001)


“The expression a woman wears on her face is more important than the clothes she wears on her back.”

Dale Carnegie (American Writer, 1888 – 1955)




“Fashion is what you offered four times a year by designers, and style is what you choose.”
Lauren Hutton


“I did a lot of thrift and vintage. I would mix those pieces into some of the more inexpensive items from Express, Gap, Old Navy, and Clothestime.”

Katy Perry (American Singer, Songwriter and Actress)


“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” 

Yves Saint Laurent (1940 -)


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” 

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”  

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” 

Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854 – 1900)


“The whole thing of clothes is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know which was which.”

Helen Mirren (English Actress)


“The difference between style and fashion is quality.” 

Giorgio Armani (Italian Fashion Designer 1934 -)


“We live not according to reason, but according to fashion.”

Seneca (Roman Philosopher, Dramatist and Statesman, 3 B.C – 65 A.D.)


“The best way to look stylish on a budget is to try second-hand, bargain hunting, and vintage.”

Orlando Bloom (American Actor)
“So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date.”

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach (Austrian Writer, 1830 – 1916)


“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia Loren (Italian Actress, 1934 -)


“Some of my favourite pieces are from thrift shops. When I find something I really love, I live, work and sleep in it.”

Barry McGee (Painter and Artist)


“I get highs, to be totally honest, in second-hand shops. My hunting instinct, I expect, really kicks in.”

Bjork (Icelandic Singer)
“Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.”

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” 

Jean Cocteau (French Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Designer, 1889 – 1963)


“Fashion can be bought. Style, one must possess.”

Edna Woolman Chase (1877 – 1957 – Editor in chief for Vogue Magazine from 1914 to 1952)


“I’m really interested in fashion but at the same time I find it quite competitive. Second-hand stuff leaves you more open to whatever your own personal style is rather than feeling dictated to by shops.”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor (English Singer, Songwriter and Model)
“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.”

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

Marilyn Monroe (American actress, model and singer 1926-1962)


“In difficult times fashion is always outrageous”

Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian Fashion Designer 1890- 1973)


“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.”

Ralph Lauren (American Fashion Designer – Polo Ralph Lauren)


“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“Elegance is a discipline of life.”

Oscar de la Renta (Award winning fashion designer)


“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression,modesty,sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes”

Yves Saint Laurent (French Fashion Designer 1936- 2008)


“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants”

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her”
Mary Quant


“If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything”

Iris Apfel (American Interior Designer & Fashion Icon)


“Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself, and identifiable for others.”
Anna Wintour


“When a woman says ‘I have nothing to wear’, what she really means is ‘there’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today'”

Caitlin Moran (British Broadcaster & Columnist)


“I’m pretty much a thrift shop gal. Flea markets on Sundays.”

Zoe Kravitz (American Actress, Singer and Model)
“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, and loose enough to show you’re a lady”

Edith Head (American Costume Designer, 1897-1981)



“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.”

Carolina Herrera


“Don’t change to fit the fashion, change the fashion to fit you.”

Inescapable Beauty




Thrift is the quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully!


“I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue.”

Paul Getty (American Industrialist)


“Thrift is of great revenue.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist)


“Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.”

Thomas A. Edison (American Inventor and Businessman)


Guidelines & Mottos


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”
Mae West

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

Jim Rohn

#motivational #quotes

“A great Attitude becomes a great Mood, a great Mood becomes a great Day, a great Day becomes a great Year and a great Year becomes a great Life!”


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation will be, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Seth Godin

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Thomas Jefferson (American, 3rd US President, Author of the Declaration of Independence (1743 – 1826)

“Elegance is a question of personality, more than one’s clothing.” 

Jean-Paul Gaultier ( French Fashion Designer, 1952 -)


“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”

Marlene Dietrich (German actress and singer, 1901 – 1992)


By Changing Nothing, Nothing Changes.

Tony Robbins


“When in doubt, wear red.

Bill Blass (American Fashion Designer, 1922 – 2002)


“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”

Plato (Greek Philosopher, Mathematician and Writer of Philosophical Dialogues, 429 – 347 B.C.E.)


Never Believe That A Few Caring People Can’t Change The World. For, Indeed, That’s All Who Ever Have.

Margaret Mead


“Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it’s an open mind.”

Gail Rubin Bereny


“No one has Ever become poor … by Giving.” 

Anne Frank


“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one. “

Nishan Panwar


“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

Bill Cosby


I Think Anything Is Possible If You Have The Mindset And The Will And Desire To Do It And Put The Time In.

Roger Clemens

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“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”

Ruth E. Renkl


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do

Mark Twain


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.



“Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.”

Ben Irwin


“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”

Larry McMurtry


“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.”

Author unknown


“I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career.”

Mike Hammar


“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

Annie Dillard


“Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow’s past and change it.”

Robert Brault


“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”

Frank Zappa


“Elegance is a question of personality, more than one’s clothing.”

Jean-Paul Gaultier


“Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.”



“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

Zig Ziglar


Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.



No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying



Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Marilyn Monroe


The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.

Joe Girard


“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Dennis P. Kimbro


“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

John Wooden

Designer thoughts


“A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.”

Edith Head (American Costume Designer, 1897 – 1981)


“About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.”

Manolo Blahnik (Spanish Fashion Designer, 1942 -)


“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.” 

Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer 1883 – 1971)


“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” 

Ralph Lauren (American Fashion Designer, 1939 -)


“The goal I seek is to have people refine their style through my clothing without having them become victims of fashion.”

Giorgio Armani (Italian Fashion Designer 1934-)




“People have told me about organized crime in the fashion industry, but I can’t talk about that. I’m looking to stay alive.”

Calvin Klein (American Fashion Designer, 1942 -)


“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” 

Henry David Thoreau (American Author, Poet, Abolitionist, Naturalist and Tax Resister, 1817 – 1862)


When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: “If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.”

Albert Einstein (German Physicist, 1879 – 1955)


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

Herbert Harold Vreeland


“Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.”

Dave Barry (American Author and Columnist, 1947 -)


“The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates.”

Dave Barry (American Author and Columnist, 1947 -)


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

Mark Twain (American Author and Humorist, 1835 – 1910)


“Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (Italian, Emperor / Military Leader of France, 1769 – 1821)


“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live it’s whole life believing that its stupid.”

Albert Einstein


“Don’t be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”

Charles Richards


“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
Erma Bombeck – American Humourist 1927-1996
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Quotes on Kids


“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

Margaret Mead


“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney


“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”

Phyllis Diller


“Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.”

Franklin P. Jones


“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

Stacia Tauscher


“The way we talk to our children become their inner voice.”

Peggy O’mara


“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, all things that could go wrong.”

Marianne Williamson


“Children see magic because they look for it.”

Christopher Moore


“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”

Anna Landers


“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

Richard L. Evans


“Behind every young child who believes in himself, is a parent who believe first”

Matthew Jacobson


“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”

Magic Johnson


“A child can teach an adult three things, to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.”

Paulo Coelho


“No kid is unsmart. Every kid is a genius at something. Our job is to find it and the encourage it.”

Robin Sharma


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