10 Quotes On Style, Love, And Life from Iris Apfel And Her New Book

“Why not wear something that says, ‘HERE I AM TODAY!’”

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Iris Apfel is ‘An Accidental Icon,’ or so says the title of her new book. We prefer to think of her as a forever icon who just had to wait for us wallflowers to catch up to her.

Since the star first slipped into celebrity with her show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015, she’s been the star of an award-winning documentary, has designed jewelry and home decor, and even had a one-of-a-kind Barbie made in her image. Not bad for 96.

In her new book, ‘," the 'Geriatric Starlet' recounts her life of high style with color and quips as memorable as her accessories and trademark glasses.

Read on for some of our favorite zinger and lessons, and don’t resist the urge to throw on some bangles and spectacles after reading.

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The Iris Apfel secret to life.

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We agree with Iris in that life is better spent as a walking exclamation.

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Pull out this quote whenever you need a reminder to power through.

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Sorry, our statement earrings are blocking out your small-minded labels.

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Like Iris, we believe in thinking/dressing outside the box.

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We hope that day is a long way off, but until then — let's party.

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Grab your dancing shoes, baby.

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You'll save a lot of energy, too.

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Iris found many of first design clients while working as a reporter at a hotel, where she "became known for putting together a good look or two."

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Iris and her late husband Carl had , partially due to a healthy embrace of compromise.

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