You're not pretty, and you'll never be pretty. But, it doesn't matter. You have something much better. You have style.

— Iris Apfel

The most instructive Iris Apfel quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

I don't have any rules, because I would only be breaking them, so it's a waste of time


Fashion you can buy, but style you possess.

The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.


I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says 'Here I am!' today.


If you don’t learn constantly, you don’t grow and you will wither.

Too many people wither on the vine. Sure, it gets a little harder as you get older, but new experiences and new challenges keep it fresh.


If you hair is done properly and you're wearing good shoes, you can get anyway with anything.


You have to be interested. If you're not interested, you can't be interesting.


I think jewelry can change an outfit more than anything else.

Transformation, punch, individuality: One or all of the above are why you should wear jewelry.


If there was a choice on spending a lot of money on accessories or dress, I always chose accessories. I think jewelry can change an outfit more than anything else.


I think if women put some more of the time and money they put on their heads in their heads, they’d be better off.


To lead the good life in New York, the two most important things for a woman are a chauffeur and a fur-lined raincoat. If you have those two things, you’re made.


When the fun goes out of getting dressed, you might as well be dead.


My mother worshipped at the alter of accessories and I got the bug.

She always said, if you have a good, little, simple black dress and you have different accessories, you can have 27 different outfits.


About Iris Apfel

Quotes 108 sayings
Profession Interior designer
Birthday August 29, 1921

To find out who you are is like putting yourself on a psychiatric couch, but you have nobody to help you. Really it isn't easy. I was talking with my nephew this morning and he gave me one of the best quotes I've heard in years 'Personal style is curiosity about oneself.'


I always feel that if you're gonna be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it's in or it's chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It's better to be happy.


My look is either very baroque or very Zen – everything in between makes me itch.


Being attractive lasts longer than being pretty.


These are things I love, things I've worn.

I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they're kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.


Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear.


Humor is important in everything. Dress with a little humor and you can go a long way.


I think I still keep my sense of wonder, which I call childlike, not childish, childlike. I still have a vivid imagination, and I like to try a lot of new things.


I never had a fondness for gems or the extravagance of Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels. I've always liked the more flamboyant, imaginative things. I lusted after costume jewelry. My husband was a very lucky man.


It's more important to be happy than well-dressed.


The fun of getting dressed is it's a creative experience.


I was in art school since I was five years old. I've always been to art school.


My mother worshipped at the altar of the accessory.


My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable.


It's better to be happy and comfortable than well dressed.


My secret to having a happy relationship is having a sense of humour and giving one another space: your own space.


I think that if you have to work very hard at dressing up and it makes you nervous or uptight, then you won't look very well because you won't be comfortable. I think it's much better to be comfortable and happy than well dressed, don't you?


I used to collect frames. I've been collecting accessories since I was 11-years-old, creeping around flea markets and sales and everything. Whenever I saw unusual eyeglass frames, I bought them.


You have to know yourself and know what you can carry.

If you're not comfortable, no matter how well dressed you are, you're not going to look right. I'd rather be happy and feel comfy.


I'm not a minimalist, as I'm sure you've noticed.


If you're over 60, arms are not pretty, so I think you should stay covered up.

But wear what's appropriate for what you're doing, how you live, and what your lifestyle is.


I'm delighted that gay people now want to get married and I say why not! It's nobody's business and I would happily give my blessing.


I think dressing up or down should be a creative experience.

Exciting. Fun. For me the key to personal style lies in accessories. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving - hopefully - a kind of throwaway chic


Everything that's happened to me, nothing's been planned.

I've never had a business plan. I just kind of fell into it, and I liked it, and I took a chance. I took a lot of chances in my life.


Given the choice, I would spend my money on accessories.


If your hair is done properly you can get away with anything


I love a nice hot pink. I like thick lipstick, otherwise it doesn't look like you're wearing any.


Caviar used to be my drug of choice, but since my husband is on a no-salt diet, I've kind of given it up. I still have dreams of sitting down and gorging, though. I love it with a good vodka; I don't like it with champagne.


There are so many empty headed people in the fashion business who take themselves way too seriously and I don't think I am at all like one of them. To me there are lots more important things in the world than just having the right shoes!


I live in the 17th century. I don't have a computer. I don't look at the internet. I use a cellphone, and that's about my only connection to the modern world.


I don't spend my life getting dressed! I have to put clothes on during the day;

I don't get dressed up at all when I'm working. I'll wear jeans, or something very simple.


First you have to know who you are. That is the most important thing, as if you don't know who you are you will either get swallowed up or you follow some unsuitable trends and just become a nonentity.


I had a great example with my mother, who was extremely chic.


I've always been attracted to unusual eyewear.

I thought glasses were an interesting accessory, depending on the shape of your face. People would always ask me, "Why are your frames so large?" And I would say, "The bigger to see you!" And that shut them up.


I think fashion today is horrible. Just open your eyes and look! What's good about it? There's no originality. Here and there, there is, but in general, en masse, there's very little creativity and very little originality. It's kind of boring. Everybody looks alike. Everybody seems to strive to look alike.


I see myself as the world's oldest living teenager.

.. I try to get as much kick out of things as possible.


More is more and less is a bore.