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Style Advice from Joan Rivers

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

On September 4 at the age of 81, Joan Rivers passed away. The Emmy award-winning star amassed over 40 years in show business as a comedian, TV personality, actress, jewelry designer, cosmetic creater, lecturer, and author. Whether you loved her or hated her, her self-deprecating, often brash, and always politically incorrect one-liners blazed a path for female comedians. She ignored all the rules imposed on women. In her words, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else was thinking.”

Known for her snappy tongue and quick wit, as well as her tenacity and work ethic, Joan Rivers was an icon that worked until her death. Her fashion sense can best be remembered on the red carpet as host of the Fashion Police.

Joan Rivers

Below are some of her memorable quotes as it relates to fashion, beauty, and life, and some thoughts on why so many related to her.


“Does fashion matter? Always – though not quite as much after death.”

Although fashion was important to Joan, her daughter and grandson were far more precious. She will be remembered by many as a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. Perspective is key. Fashion is meant to be enjoyed but never should it be more important than your real priorities.


“Style is like herpes: You either have it or you don’t.”

This is my favorite Joan Rivers quote. It’s true that style is hard to teach. However, I find that most women’s style gets better with age and sometimes we need a little push in the right direction. As you age, your personal style is honed to be perfectly you. Thank goodness for people like Joan whose brutally honest opinions told the world what not to wear so that there just may be a few less fashion faux pas.


“My grandson is mad at me. He’s mad at me because I squandered his college fund on Spanx. It’s a lot, but there’s a lot going on here.”

No argument here. The proper undergarments can make or break an outfit. There is nothing worse than panty lines, ill fitting intimates, and curves popping up in all the wrong places.


“The only time a woman has a true orgasm is when she is shopping.”

We can all remember the feeling of euphoria when the perfect pair of shoes have been found in your size and on sale. In fact, Joan once said she wanted to spread her husband’s ashes at Neiman Marcus so that she could visit him every day. Clearly Joan loved to shop.


“The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.”

“My face has been tucked in more times than a bed sheet at the holiday inn.”

There is no ideal beauty. Women come in every shape and size and they are each beautiful in their own right. Love who you are and how you look. While most stars deny plastic surgery rumors, Joan Rivers embraced it and was never shy about her surgeries. I think, in part, that her surgeries were the result of her trying to find the ideal. Joan’s true beauty was evident in her self-deprecating humor that showed her immense ability for laughing at herself.

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“If Godhad wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”

I think it’s safe to say that Joan Rivers never tried paddle boarding in the Florida Keys. Perhaps she would have found our beautiful turquoise waters and spectacular sunsets as valuable as diamonds.


“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

True beauty is about having the confidence to laugh at yourself and life’s imperfections which Joan did unapologetically and honestly throughout her entire life.

Joan Rivers fashion was being honest to the point of hilarity. Her outspoken opinions were feared by celebrities who waited breathlessly on what she would say about their outfits. Anna Kendrick said that being publicly told that her dress was hideous will never feel quite as awesome. Thank you Joan for your tough love, hilarity, brutal honesty and for teaching us about how to laugh at ourselves.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is God’s gift. That’s why we call it the present.” – Joan Rivers