I Heart Coco (Chanel)

Many of my heroes are plucked straight from the Bible.  But I also love to read memoirs of people that I consider to be an inspiration.  Mamie Eisenhower and George Washington Carver come to mind.  But today we are talking fashion.

Photo from Biography.com

Photo from Biography.com

And the fashion designer I most admire for her major contributions to the world of fashion is Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel.  I’m a “quote” person and she has some of the greatest fashion quotes ever! And lots of times when I’m getting dressed, something she said will spring to mind.

Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

She was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France, and is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits, and little black dresses. Coco’s mom died when she was young and she was placed in an orphanage by her father, where she was reared by nuns and taught to sew, which ultimately opened the door to her career as a fashion designer.

She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress.

But, as I said earlier, it was her quotes that I adore.  Yes, I will share some of them!  I’m going to start with my favorites!

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”  (I love this one because I’m over 40!)

“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”

“Be classy. Anything but trashy.”

“Simplicity is the key of elegance”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”  (my second favorite)

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”  (I live by this one!)  Proverbs 17:22 reads, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  We do live but once upon this earth!  But I’m so glad that heaven is my ultimate home!

“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!”  I tried (and succeeded) to teach my daughters to always dress modestly and in good taste.  We are what we wear!

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”  Coco was not talking about clothing here, but about jewelry.  Less is more.  Coco said so!


What is one of your favorite quotes?





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  1. I love this one! I saw a movie about her and I love that she always wore black. 🙂

  2. Love it!! 🙂

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