Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was a French-born designer who revolutionized the fashion industry. Known to this day for her tailored suits, little black dresses, and signature scent. Inspired by menswear, her clothing designs focused on comfort over constraint. At a time when many women were still wearing corsets, she created comfortable and freeing, well-fitted clothing.

The only fashion designer on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Twentieth Century, her style remains iconic to this day. Coco Chanel was a hard worker with a passion who made a true difference. She believed that fashion wasn’t just clothes, that it was in everything around us. That luxury was about comfort and being yourself was true style. She defined elegance for the modern woman. Her wisdom is still applicable from wardrobe to home decor to life in general. I have collected some of my favorite, most inspiring quotes below. I hope you take something from them as I did.

The Words of Coco Chanel

"Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside." -Coco Chanel

Fashion and luxurious lifestyles can only take you so far. It sounds cliche to say that “beauty comes from within,” but Coco believed and we should practice.

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." -Coco Chanel

Her little black dress is the epitome of an iconic design, and for good reason. It was simple and straightforward, yet captivating. She created a piece that let the woman in it shine through her clothing.

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." -Coco Chanel

Coco voiced wisdom at the beginning of the Twentieth Century that is still beyond relevant today. Women should be heard as well as seen, and living that is true courage.

"Keep your heels, head and standards high." -Coco Chanel

One of my personal favorites. I repeat this to myself as a mantra at times. Feeling down about yourself and your progress in life? Don’t. Keep your head up and keep fighting for what you want and deserve.

"If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack." -Coco Chanel

Coco was truly a wise woman who embraced being a woman. A difficult feat for a businesswoman of her time. None the less she persevered and fought and we can all thank her for a lot. A true revolutionary who continues to be as relevant as ever.

Bonus Inspirational Quote:

Katharine Hepburn, another female revolutionary, played Coco Chanel in the Broadway musical “Coco,” which chronicled her life. She reminds us that we have to work hard if we want success.

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28 comments on “5 Coco Chanel Quotes to Inspire Women Everywhere”

    • Well said Erika, that is why I find her to be such an inspiration! Being so well-rounded can be tough, but is something to strive for!

  1. I adore her simple style. Whenever I need to really deliver out comes the fitted black dress, a blazer and some intetesting heels. I never really knew much about her otherwise so thank you for the introduction. I’ll have to learn more.

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