The Ideal Wardrobe, According to Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, the epitome of timeless, classic style and good taste, was full of fashion wisdom, with much of it still holding true to this day. The famed designer and Chanel founder had strong opinions about the way that one should and shouldn’t dress. While at times, Chanel’s musings on style were overly blunt, there is much to take away from them. In fact, it’s even possible to build a wardrobe around her thoughts on style.

There are key points from Chanel on everything from the best colors to wear (take a wild guess) to the accessory that can make or break an outfit. As arguably one of the most important icons in the history of fashion, Coco's words leave a lasting impression. Scroll down to see the makings of a Coco Chanel–approved wardrobe and what the fashion legend has to say about them.

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Wardrobe Element #1: Simplicity

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Wardrobe Element #2: Good Shoes

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Wardrobe Element #3: Black and White

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Wardrobe Element #4: Well-Fitting Clothes

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Wardrobe Element #5: Plenty of Dresses

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Wardrobe Element #6: Polish

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Thoughts on Polish, Part 2:

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.