This week we celebrate the birthday of the queen of chic, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Known for being one of the most iconic fashion designers and influencers of all time, we look back on her life, achievements and words of wisdom, just in time for her 135th birthday. The dreamy quilted bags and lady-like tweed tailoring are world renowned, even decades after their release, dating back to the 1920’s. The 2.55 leather bag, originally designed in the 50’s, will forever be the classiest accessory bringing out the Parisian within us all (if only we could afford one!).
Chanel’s first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon proved to be a huge success, sparking popularity and transforming the brand into one of the most successful designer names of all time. Not only do her style tips encourage the best in every woman, she promotes a healthy relationship with body image and individuality. We’ve narrowed down our favorite quotes and words to live by, as told by Chanel herself, that show you how to stay the truest and best version of yourself-
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- “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”
In the world of social media where low self-esteem is a common consequence, it’s simple words like this that remind us how being unique is so wonderful. Chanel herself broke boundaries by being one of the first ever people to make trousers for women, proving clothing can be comfortable yet fashionable. This became a mile stone for gender equality, and where would be without that today? Talk about girl power!
- “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future”
With so many perfumes available today by a vast number of designers and labels, it’s pretty easy to become overwhelmed. Chanel’s voice on having a signature scent suggests a woman can take on the world if wearing the right perfume. We wouldn’t argue with her either, her creation of No. 5 still remains to be one of the most iconic perfumes since its creation over 100 years ago!
- “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you”
Color is the number one communicator of personal style. Here Chanel teaches us the importance of play and expression in fashion through combination of color and shades. Despite her signature black palette, she is well known for using bold colors and patterns within designs, demonstrating how fun fashion can be. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and embrace what you love.
- “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack”
At GlossyPops, we love a strong, bold lip- and so does Coco. It is true what they say, you can rule the world with the right red lipstick (maybe that’s not entirely true, but it does make you feel like a total boss). Speaking from the woman that always wore her rouge lipstick and achieved so much, it just goes to show what looking good, and feeling even better, can do.