Today marks the birth of the divine Coco Chanel. So, you mock? Are you unaware of what she provided for your life and style? Perhaps our beloved pearls, swathed akimbo about our necks—the more the merrier—is enough. Or perhaps it’s that you no longer wear a corset. Or perhaps you enjoy wearing pants? Thank you Miss Coco.
She is also the creator of the little black dress. And, of course, there are the hats, the handbags and that little perfume known as No. 5—a top seller even today.
As if a tweed suit, the perect pump and a designer chapeau were not enough, Miss Coco is also well known for some of the things she said. In her day, and dare I say, even now, the girl would have a rep as a little bit of a bitch? Making those of us who are already fans squee in delight.
For the unenlightened, some of her opinions may change your thinking a bit. If not, continue to flounce about the grocery store in sweat pants and curlers. But don’t come running to the Coco fans and me when you can’t figure out why you never have a date. Pfft.
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Enough said, non?
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” That’s for moms wearing your daughter’s fashion choices. You are not in high school and you are embarrassing her. And, yes, the rest of us roll our eyes when you leave the room.
“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” Preach!
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Truer words never spoken. Find your signature scent now.
“I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one thing that women have is men.” Think about that for a moment dolls.
“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” From your lips Princess, from your lips.
“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.” Oh, snap.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Embrace your freak girlfriends.
“Keep your heels, head and standards high.”
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
Isn’t it funny how fashionistas of the classic variety also have opinions? Just sayin’.