If ever there were an unofficial queen of fashion, it would undoubtedly be Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, notably known as Coco Chanel. I think we can all agree that the Parisian designer reigned supreme as the epitome of chic and elevated luxury. Despite building an iconic fashion house and some of the most covetable bags, shoes, and accessories of our time, Coco Chanel is also known for her empowering words of wisdom. While, yes, the designer was certainly an authority on how to dress and more importantly, how to dress well, she also has valuable advice on carrying yourself, confidence, and success that anyone can appreciate.
You’ve likely heard her most well-known musings like, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different,” a bit of wisdom that continues to speak to us so many years later, or this favorite line: “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” But apart from those well-known quotes of hers, the iconic designer has some hidden tokens of advice that are pretty great too. So to ensure you start the year with the most fabulous advice, we’re sharing 13 rare Coco quotes.
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"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only."
"If I cut my hair, others did. If I shortened my dresses, so did everyone else."
"I imposed black; it is still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around."
"You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life."
"I was the one who changed, it wasn't fashion. I was the one who was in fashion."
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little."
"Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."
"Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!"
"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."
"Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds."
"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress."
"A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion."
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