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I am looking for an idiom for telling "Classic is good.".

The term "Classic is good" by itself tells what I want actually, but I want a more intense saying instead.

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"Classic is best"? – Ronan May 12 '14 at 11:13
Please can you give us some context for how you will use the phrase? – Matt E. Эллен May 12 '14 at 11:16
It is just out of curiosity actually. But the real context is my girlfriend bought a new pair of shoes and said that they are too classic and boring. And I wanted to tell that "Classic is best" :). In fact the topic is already off the table, but I still am curios about the saying itself. – Tolga Evcimen May 12 '14 at 11:19
Classic is cool? (better alliteration). You could replace classic with retro, which is usually used for old fashion that comes back into fashion (or as an excuse to wear your mom's dress ). – oerkelens May 12 '14 at 11:23
It's not an idiom, but timeless might be a fitting adjective for what you're trying to convey. – 568ml May 12 '14 at 11:50
up vote 2 down vote accepted

What about:

You can't go wrong with classic, as a general statement. It could be used in sentences like:

  • you cant't go wrong with a classic suit, or a classic restaurant. It depends on the context you have in mind.
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Oldie but goodie? – Phil Perry May 12 '14 at 16:29

They don't make them how they used to.

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That's a good one for the quality of a product. – Kristina Lopez May 12 '14 at 14:33

Your comment is really key to any meaningful answer:

...the real context is my girlfriend bought a new pair of shoes and said that they are too classic and boring. And I wanted to tell that "Classic is best"...

So the real question here is one of following the latest trends vs. maintaining a timeless classic style.

While not exactly an idiom, the most famous quote related to this would be

Fashion passes; style remains

which has been bastardized several ways in modern times:

Fashions come and go, but style goes on forever.


Fashions fade, style is eternal.

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"It's a classic for a reason!"

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"The simplest things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them." Paulo Coelho

"The simplest things are often the truest"

classic: simple and harmonious; elegant.

simple: not elaborate or sophisticated; plain.

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Die hard: meaning it takes a long time to disappear because it is so good.

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