The Best of Tim Gunn’s Quotes


Tim Gunn, the man who made the quote Make it Work as mantra is known for his outstanding sense of style and fashion. He has become a reality show royalty because of his Project Runway stint. He has also authored bestselling books that include Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible and Gunn’s Golden Rules that are must haves for every fashion conscious person.

After Project Runway, Tim is also occupied with his own reality show, “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” as well as his new Lifestyle show, Under the Gunn. With his years of experience in the fashion industry, he was able to impart us with his remarkable philosophy in many aspects of life with these following quotes:


Tim Gunn best quotes On Life and Values

On life and team work: “Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.”

On manners and choices: “Take the high road. No matter how much strife, and consternation, frustration and anger you might be confronted with – don’t go to that level.”

On teaching: “I learned quickly that if the student’s perception is that you’re not listening to them, and not understanding them, they discredit you.”

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On manners: “I am a stickler for good manners, and I believe that treating other people well is a lost art. In the workplace, at the dinner table, and walking down the street – we are confronted with choices on how to treat people nearly every waking moment.

Over time these choices define who we are and whether we have a lot of friends and allies or none.”



On politeness: “I have heard women complain about men holding doors for them, as if it is inherently offensive and implies that they are weak… I would hold a door for anyone… It has to do with noticing our fellow human beings and saying, “I recognize that you’re on this planet, and I don’t want a door hitting you in the face”.”



On Integrity: “I will always be there in the wings saying, ‘You need to be good to people. You need to take your work seriously. You need to have integrity. You need to work with what you’ve got.”

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Tim Gunn’s Criticism Quotes

Everyone knows how straightforward Tim can be. The people who are well acquainted with his reality shows would definitely know. Hence, here are some of his thoughts when it comes to criticism.

“I’m honest about expressing my opinions. At the same time, I’m diplomatic in how I do critique things if I have a negative response.”

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“There’s one thing I will not do, ever: I will never talk to you about things you cannot change. It plants a negativity in the head of a designer or the student, and it’s a distraction.”

“My manners also came from when I was in college and began participating in critiques. You have to speak with someone respectfully about their work and be honest and open, without hurting them.”


Tim Gunn fashion quotes

There are quite plenty of fashionable quotes that Tim has when it comes to fashion much like biblical quotes with pictures, here are just few of them:


On fashion choices: “Everyone has a best feature, so find clothes and accessories to accentuate those, whether it’s your shoulders or your long legs!”

On the fashion industry: “Fashion was in a crisis up until the mid-’90s and, when it came out of the crisis, it was a very different place. It was a place that nurtured and cultivated young entrepreneurial designers.”


“I would certainly rather the industry not go broke, but if that’s what it takes for everyone to acquire some values and lose that sense of entitlement, maybe a little belt-tightening wouldn’t be so tragic.”


On the Kardashians: “I just think the Kardashians have an absence of taste and I don’t think that should be perpetuated. I’m sorry I’m sounding like an old farty, snob, but it bothers me.”


On style: “I have my mantra about silhouette, proportion, and fit. I believe that when they are in harmony and balance, you’ll look great in anything.”

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