Granted, reading FashionBeans probably equips you with more than enough sartorial knowledge to impress your squad. But if you’ve become the go-to man among your peers for style advice and set the agenda in terms of how to dress for a night out/work/a few days in Ibiza, then perhaps you’re running low on modish pearls of wisdom.

In which case, breathe a sweet sigh of relief, as we’re here to provide you with a rundown of our 40 favourite quotes about fashion and style – all of which you can pass off as your own musings after a few beers down your local:

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

2. “If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” – Anna Wintour

3. “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani

4. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

5. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” – Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

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

7. “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” – Marc Jacobs

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

9. “Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce.” – Manolo Blahnik.

10. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

11. “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen

12. “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” – Jim Morrison

13. “Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.” – Albert Einstein

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

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

Hardy Amies

16. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.” – Quentin Crisp

17. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

18. “I think in black.” – Gareth Pugh

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

20. “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.” – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

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

22. “Style is the perfection of a point of view.” – Richard Eberhart

23. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “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 Talese

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

Tom Ford

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

27. “I like nice clothes, whether they’re dodgy or not.” – David Beckham

28. “My Style – it’s black and it’s expensive.” – Mark Healey

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

30. “All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.” – Cary Grant

Cary Grant

31. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z

32. “It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer

33. “You don’t find a style. A style finds you.” – Keith Richards

34. “Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.” – Giorgio Armani

35. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

38. “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.'” – Yohji Yamamoto

39. “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

40. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” – Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams