Coco Chanel, the epitome of timeless, classic style and good taste, was full of sartorial wisdom, with much of it still holding true to this day. The famed designer and Chanel founder had strong opinions about the way that a woman should and shouldn’t dress. While at times Chanel’s musings on style are undeniably blunt (a trait her succesor Karl Lagerfeld has certainly kept alive), 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 made by Chanel on everything from the best colours 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, what Coco says goes.
Scroll down to see the makings of a Coco Chanel–approved wardrobe and what the legend has to say about them.
Wardrobe element #1: Simplicity2 / 12
Wardrobe element #1: Simplicity Photo: Archive Photos
Wardrobe element #2: Good shoes3 / 12
Wardrobe element #2: Good shoes Photo: Roger Viollet
Wardrobe element #3: Black and white4 / 12
Wardrobe element #3: Black and white Photo: Archive Photos
Wardrobe element #4: Well-fitting clothes5 / 12
Wardrobe element #4: Well-fitting clothes Photo: The Life Picture
Wardrobe element #5: Plenty of dresses6 / 12
Wardrobe element #5: Plenty of dresses Photo: Archive Photos
Wardrobe element #6: Polish7 / 12
Wardrobe element #6: Polish Photo: Roger Viollet
Thoughts on polish, part 2:8 / 12
Thoughts on polish, part 2: Photo: Hulton Archive