108+ Iris Apfel Quotes On Style, Eccentric And Innovative

Top 10 Iris Apfel Quotes (BEST)

  1. I don't have any rules, because I would only be breaking them, so it's a waste of time
  2. You're not pretty, and you'll never be pretty. But, it doesn't matter. You have something much better. You have style.
  3. 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.
  4. I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says 'Here I am!' today.
  5. If you hair is done properly and you're wearing good shoes, you can get anyway with anything.
  6. You have to be interested. If you're not interested, you can't be interesting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Iris Apfel Short Quotes

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  • When the fun goes out of getting dressed, you might as well be dead.
  • My look is either very baroque or very Zen – everything in between makes me itch.
  • Being attractive lasts longer than being pretty.
  • 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.
  • It's more important to be happy than well-dressed.
  • I was in art school since I was five years old. I've always been to art school.
  • The fun of getting dressed is it's a creative experience.
  • My mother worshipped at the altar of the accessory.
  • It's better to be happy and comfortable than well dressed.

Iris Apfel Quotes On Style

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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.' — Iris Apfel

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 — Iris Apfel

Style means you have a real curiosity about yourself and then you express it. Having style is not copying somebody else. — Iris Apfel

Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. — Iris Apfel

You can't just say, "I'm gonna have style." You have to work at it. It's intuitive; some people have it, and some people can work on it all day long, and it will never happen. — Iris Apfel

I never just went to look for clothes and style; I always find that wherever I go. — Iris Apfel

I don't pay attention to things like the talent for style. I don't meditate on things like that. I just do whatever I think I should do and go with it, and if people like it, then I'm very happy about it. And if not, I always figure it's their problem not mine. — Iris Apfel

I can't tell people how to have style. No amount of money can buy you style. It's just instinctive. — Iris Apfel

Style is attitude, attitude, attitude! — Iris Apfel

You can't try to be somebody you're not; that's not style. — Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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

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. — Iris Apfel

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? — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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

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

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

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! — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

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

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. — Iris Apfel

I'm a color person, I've never been known to play it safe. Plus I like big bags. My eyeglasses are so big; they don't fit into smaller bags. — Iris Apfel

I don't have too much time to shop. I have such a back log of stuff at home. I tend to get temperative once in awhile. I don't need anything, so if I see something that knocks me out, then I'm buying it. It's getting harder and harder because things are getting more homogenized. — Iris Apfel

Never be afraid to stop traffic. — Iris Apfel

I don't happen to like pretty things. I don't like pretty dresses. I like more attractive. I like people that look a little bit more offbeat. I don't like the classic pretty face. That doesn't mean it's not pretty or it's not wonderful, and most people don't agree with me, but that's the way I think. — Iris Apfel

I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable. My husband used to say I look at a piece of fabric and listen to the threads. It tells me a story. It sings me a song. I have to get a physical reaction when I buy something. A coup de foudre – a bolt of lightning. It’s fun to get knocked out that way! — Iris Apfel

It's not easy to know who you are and it's very painful and takes a lot of time and that is why a lot of people don't want to put in the effort. — Iris Apfel

When you go to a nice restaurant, you want to be relaxed and have a drink and everything, you want to look at people who look well. You don't want to look at some slob with an open shirt and a hairy chest. At least I don't. — Iris Apfel

I decided when I was 19 that I didn't like all these stereotypes that I was supposed to fit into. I wasn't comfortable and they made me very unhappy. So I tried and I spent a miserable summer, and then I went back to school and said, 'I'm going to do my own thing because I think I have a thing to do. I'm not going to live in anybody else's image because I don't like that.' I felt much better. I didn't do it to rebel against anybody or anything. — Iris Apfel

I just mix and put things together the way the spirit moves me. — Iris Apfel

I don't happen to approve of plastic surgery. I think God put plastic surgeons on this earth for good reasons - people get burned or people might have a nose like Pinocchio and that has to be fixed. But to just chop yourself up to look a few years younger? You could come out looking like a Picasso picture. And you still have your hands to contend with. If you're 70, no one is going to think you're 35. The whole concept is kind of stupid. — Iris Apfel

I had to be my own person and live my own life if I wanted to be happy, and I just did it. — Iris Apfel

You have to look in the mirror and see yourself. If it feels good, then I know it's for me. I don't dress to be stared at, I dress for myself. — Iris Apfel

The woman should learn who she is and what she looks like and try to find the best points of dress accordingly. I also think that being appropriate has gone out of fashion. There are appropriate times to wear appropriate kinds of clothes. — Iris Apfel

You only have one trip. You might as well enjoy it. — Iris Apfel

I think fashion is just part of my life and if it hadn't been fashion then it would have been something else. — Iris Apfel

To me there are lots more important things in the world than just having the right shoes! — Iris Apfel

I'm not going to be a rebel and offend anybody, but I'm not going to live in somebody else's image. — Iris Apfel

I was never hurt by what anybody said about my clothes, because I dress to please myself. If somebody doesn’t like what I’m wearing, it’s their problem, not mine — Iris Apfel

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. — Iris Apfel

I don’t expect to find inspiration. It just sort of comes. Sometimes you step on a bug and you get inspired. — Iris Apfel

Society should emphasize personality. Accomplishment. Interest. Intelligent things. I think everybody should look as good as possible too. — Iris Apfel

Technologically I live in the 17th century. I have a very simple cell phone. I say I live through the kindness of strangers, because if they see something on the Net they type it out and send it to me. — Iris Apfel

If you put something together and it doesn't look so good, the fashion police are not going to come and take you away. And if they do, you might have some fun in jail. — Iris Apfel

I find that if I get up and push myself, I get lost in what I'm doing, and I forget about everything else until I stop doing it. — Iris Apfel

I see myself as the world's oldest living teenager... I try to get as much kick out of things as possible. — Iris Apfel

I don't believe in rules. It's different for everybody. Everyone has to make their own decision and find out what's comfortable for them. — Iris Apfel

The biggest mistake people are making when it comes to fashion is looking in the mirror and thinking you're somebody else. People sit and watch the runway and then some nice little plump lady in Squeedunk will see Angelina Jolie in a very glamorous dress from the runway and she thinks if she buys that dress she'll look like her. It's sad, but it's true. — Iris Apfel

There are absolutely no rules about style at all. Not for me. — Iris Apfel

I've found that when I was young, all the pretty girls at school got all the dates and went to all the big parties and everything because they were pretty. They never bothered to develop anything. And as they aged, their prettiness faded and they were left as middle-aged women who were very, very unhappy and disappointed. But I can't feel sorry for them because that was their own doing. — Iris Apfel

Our culture puts a lot of pressure on the idea that a woman's self-worth is defined by her looks. It's just awful. And they also put a tremendous premier on youth, which is so, so debilitating and upsetting to so many women. I don't know why they're so dopey. Seriously. I don't see any problem with that and if you do, you should celebrate it. Don't chop your face up. — Iris Apfel

If you're lucky enough to get old, I think you should celebrate it. — Iris Apfel

If you don't have any individuality and you're happy just being one of the girls (or boys) be my guest. I'm not the fashion police. I won't fault you. — Iris Apfel

I don’t care what people think…I learned a long time ago…I was 19 and had a very traumatic experience….and I learned that I have to go to bed with myself at night and that I have to please myself…and as long as I don’t go out of my way to offend anybody that I love, upset my mother or my husband…I’ll do my own thing. And if the public doesn’t like it, it’s their problem, not mine. — Iris Apfel

I don't think dressing has anything to do with numbers. I know people of 30 who act like they're 97, and I have a few old-bag friends who are very hip. — Iris Apfel

If you can't be pretty, you have to learn to make yourself attractive. I found that all the pretty girls I went to high school with came to middle age as frumps, because they just got by with their pretty faces, so they never developed anything. They never learned how to be interesting. But if you are bereft of certain things, you have to make up for them in certain ways. Don't you think? — Iris Apfel

I don't count myself as a fashionista because I do a lot of other things. That's just a small part of my life. — Iris Apfel

Sometimes I think fashion is going to hell. — Iris Apfel

I just never want to completely grow up. — Iris Apfel

More is more and less is a bore. — Iris Apfel

I'm making a lot of noise as I walk. — Iris Apfel

I'm happy if I can help anybody. I'm more than happy to, but you have to find your own path. — Iris Apfel

When you don't dress like everybody else, you don't have to think like everybody else. — Iris Apfel

You have to observe a few simple rules in dressing, which are really not rules; it's just being appropriate. If you're 70 and want to wear miniskirts, 70-year-old knees ain't pretty! — Iris Apfel

Coco Chanel said take one thing off. I always said put another one on. — Iris Apfel

I don't dress to be stared at. I dress for myself. — Iris Apfel

People would always say to me, "Why are you wearing such large frames?" And I would say, "The bigger to see you." — Iris Apfel

You don’t have to look like an old fuddy-duddy, but I believe it was Chanel who said, ‘Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young’. I think you can be attractive at any age. I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you’re not makes you look ridiculous. — Iris Apfel

I’m a great believer in common sense, and the older I get I see that common sense is not that common — Iris Apfel

In my view you can't go to the future if you haven't come from the past. — Iris Apfel

I'll spend more time getting dressed than I spent at the actual event. — Iris Apfel

The world is always full of promise. — Iris Apfel

I think you're born with style, but you have to develop it. You can be born with the talent to be an opera star, but you've got to work and practice it. — Iris Apfel

When you're older, no matter how good your humor is you don't always feel perky and peppy. But if you sit home all day and brood about it, it gets worse. — Iris Apfel

Life Lessons by Iris Apfel

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  1. Iris Apfel has taught us to be fearless when it comes to expressing our personal style, and to not be afraid to mix and match different colors, textures, and patterns.
  2. She has also shown us the importance of being creative and taking risks when it comes to decorating our homes.
  3. Lastly, she has demonstrated the power of confidence and self-expression, and how it can be used to create beautiful and unique spaces.

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