Quote, Unqoute | Iris Apfel on style

“People with a lot of money don’t dress as well as people who have to make do, who have to be inventive. Those are the people who are always more interestingly dressed, I think.”

-Iris Apfel, in Architectural Digest, on affordable style

Photo courtesy of Refinery 29



About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine, TheKit.ca, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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6 Responses to Quote, Unqoute | Iris Apfel on style

  1. dapperdolly says:

    I agree with that to a certain extent, much of the ‘high’ class everyday fashions are very plain and conservative, though can be layered impeccably, but on the whole quite dull if not elegant. They are also appear quite dated with fashion trends moving much slower in those niches but at the same time when you see them you know they cost a lot unless they’re the ones that are trying to be high street fashionable or quite worn, but to those who understand value for money we wonder why. Extra price doesn’t always mean extra quality nowadays.

    • Septembre says:

      I think what Iris was trying to say is that style is not something that can be bought. When you can’t afford the latest designer this or that you are forced to be creative and that creativity breeds sartorial genius.

      • dapperdolly says:

        I agree – but at the same time couture fashion, upmarket store fashions and tailored fashion have always been high priced and very distinctive. They are usually very different to the watered down fashions we get in the ‘lower’ classes, though some are mimicked quite well.

  2. Septembre says:

    Understood but fashion and style are not the same thing. Owning a closetful of wonderful clothes doesn’t mean you know how to put them together.

    • dapperdolly says:

      The same can be said of anyone, her statement is very generalist but doesn’t have enough truth in it to be called stereotypical. A person’s sense or knowledge of style isn’t primarily based on their socio-economic background, its very cultural and applies to everybody. If we’re talking about style, and bear in mind that there is no definite accounting for taste, then it’s actually quite an even playing field with a quite a bit of equal opportunity since like you said, putting pieces together and perfecting looks isn’t something that money can instill (though it can buy in terms of tailors and advisors/stylists), and it shows that we’re all quite even regardless of class in that sense by looking at the vast amount of media there is out there advising people on what to wear, what not to wear, how to wear things, tips etc. They all have their target markets but they’re reaching for all of society with most of the common consumer groups (with any kind of disposable income from low budget to high budget) are included.

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