The World According To Coco Chanel

We look back at the legendary designer's most inspirational life lessons

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  • On fashion:
  • “Fashion changes, but style endures.”
  • “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”
  • “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
  • “The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
  • “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

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  • On beauty:
  • “Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50.”
  • “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
  • “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
  • On women:
  • “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”
  • “I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.”

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  • On success:
  • “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.”
  • “Success if often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
  • “”I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
  • “Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

  • On money:
  • “The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.”
  • “There are those who have money, and those who are rich.”
  • “People think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not, it is the opposite of vulgarity.”

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK

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