Coco Chanel Quotes

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel, a prominent French fashion designer and savvy businesswoman, is celebrated as the visionary behind the Chanel brand. Her influence during the post-World War I period was instrumental in establishing a fashionable, casually elegant style for women. Wikipedia

“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed!” ~ Coco Chanel

“One should not seek happiness, but rather happy people.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Modesty is the highest elegance.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If I say that I love you but I do want personal time, or if I don’t want to do PDA, it’s not that I have something against you.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In 1919 I woke up famous. I’d never guessed it. If I’d known I was famous, I’d have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Material things aside, we need not advice but approval.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Never a button without a buttonhole.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women hide their imperfections instead of accepting them as an added charm.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nothing makes a woman look so old as desperately trying to look young.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is in the sky, in the street.” ~ Coco Chanel

“We are born with only one face, but laughing or crying, wisely or unwisely, eventually we form our own.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one!” ~ Coco Chanel

“I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” ~ Coco Chanel

“For a woman betrayal has no sense – one cannot betray one’s passions.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman in love is helpless.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I’ve never done anything by halves.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” ~ Coco Chanel

“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” ~ Coco Chanel

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” ~ Coco Chanel

“With four pairs of shoes I can travel the world.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Coquetry, it’s a triumph of the spirit over the senses.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” ~ Coco Chanel

“It’s not the rooms, it’s the life you live in them.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There have been several Duchesses of Westminster but there is only one Chanel!” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman with good shoes i never ugly!” ~ Coco Chanel

“Elegance means being beautiful both on the inside and out.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion: a beautiful thing that becomes ugly. Art: an ugly thing that becomes beautiful.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In truth, women are the strong ones.” ~ Coco Chanel

“True generosity means accepting ingratitude.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Be classy. Anything but trashy.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Keep your heel, head and standards high.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I’m for style – fashions change too often.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Traveling is so complicated. There are so many people everywhere. I make my best journeys on my couch.” ~ Coco Chanel

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women need to be beautiful to be loved by men, and stupid enough to love them.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There are no ugly women, only lazy.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman does not become interesting until she is over 40.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There is nothing worse than solitude. Solitude can help a man realize himself; but it destroys a woman.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The right ingredients can create a legend.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman’s education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stocking, never go out without a hat.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” ~ Coco Chanel

“Beauty begins in the moment you decide to be yourself.” ~ Coco Chanel

“True elegance consists not in having a closet bursting with clothes, but rather in having a few well-chosen numbers in which one feels totally at ease.” ~ Coco Chanel

“All men are children, and if you understand that, a woman understands everything.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep.” ~ Coco Chanel

“One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Everyone marries the Duke of Westminster. There are a lot of duchesses, but only one Coco Chanel.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The hat is not for the street: it will never be democratized. But there are certain houses that one cannot enter without a hat. And one must always wear a hat when lunching with people whom one does not know well. One appears to one’s best advantage.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There are many more attempts to define happiness than unhappiness. It is because people know all too well what unhappiness is.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There are rich people, and there are those who have money. They are not the same people.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Luxury lies not in the richness of things, but in the absence of vulgarity.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman has the age she deserves.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I invented my life because I wasn’t pleased with it.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There goes a woman who knows all the things that can be taught and none of the things that cannot be taught.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nothings makes a woman look older that a rich costume.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Elegance is refusal.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautifu.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Early happiness handicaps people. I do not regret having been profoundly unhappy.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I like fashion to go down to the street, but I can’t accept that it should originate there.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Before me no one would have dared dress in black.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Strength is built by one’s failures, not by one’s successes.” ~ Coco Chanel

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

“I have only one curiosity left: death.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If you are sad, If you are heartbroken, make yourself up, dress up, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nothing is ugly as long as it is alive.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel

“When I find a colour darker than black, I’ll wear it. But until then, I’m wearing black!” ~ Coco Chanel

“No matter the age, a woman who is unloved is lost – unloved she might as well die.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Passion goes, Boredom remains.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman without perfume is a woman without a future.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion comes and goes but style lasts forever.” ~ Coco Chanel

“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.” ~ Coco Chanel

“As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Creativity is the art of concealing your sources.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different- life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself- a girl should be two things: who and what she wants…” ~ Coco Chanel

“He who does not enjoy his own company is usually right.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Capel said, “Remember that you’re a woman.” All too often I forgot that.” ~ Coco Chanel

“My reason for choosing diamonds is that, dense as they are, they represent the greatest worth in the smallest volume.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Money for me has only one sound: liberty.” ~ Coco Chanel

“May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The poetry of fashion lies in the creation of illusion.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.” ~ Coco Chanel

“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!” ~ Coco Chanel

“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.” ~ Coco Chanel

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Yves Saint Laurent is a young man of excellent taste; the more he copies me the more taste he displays.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Happiness is the secret of beauty. But who knows the secret of happiness? The wise woman keeps her cosmetics at hand.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The best accessory for a woman – handsome man!” ~ Coco Chanel

“It is best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There is no fashion for the old.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The problem of aging is the problem of living. There is no simple solution.” ~ Coco Chanel

“It’s not the appearance, it’s the essence. It’s not the money, it’s the education. It’s not the clothes, it’s the class.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.” ~ Coco Chanel

“It is always better to be slightly underdressed.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.” ~ Coco Chanel

“When putting on accessories, take off the last thing you’ve put on.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Some people pursue unhappiness because happiness is too mild a sensation.” ~ Coco Chanel

“To achieve great things, we must first dream.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A well dressed man is a best accessory a woman can have.” ~ Coco Chanel

“That’s what fame is: solitude.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Ask me who I don’t dress!” ~ Coco Chanel

“Great loves too must be endured.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Beauty Should Begin in the Heart and Soul, otherwise cosmetics are useless.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If I cut my hair, others did. If I shortened my dresses, so did everyone else.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” ~ Coco Chanel

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There is nothing more comfortable than a caterpillar and nothing more made for love than a butterfly. We need dresses that crawl and dresses that fly. Fashion is at once a captapillar and a butterfly, caterpillar by day, butterfly by night.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If a woman is poorly dressed, you notice her dress. If a woman is impeccably dressed, you notice the woman.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The worse a woman feels, the better should she look.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A dress made right should allow one to walk, to dance, even to ride horseback.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” ~ Coco Chanel

“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” ~ Coco Chanel

“J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A woman is only as good as the peace and light she radiates.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A young lady ought to be two things: tasteful and breathtaking.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Chanel is above all a style. Fashion passes, style remains.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I’m so sick of immaturity, of name-calling, of labels, of gossip, of high school. It doesn’t make sense anymore, and I find myself being nice to people that I want to strangle.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Caring about beauty, it is necessary to start with the heart and soul, otherwise no makeup will not help.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I was the one who changed, it wasn’t fashion. I was the one who was in fashion.” ~ Coco Chanel

“An elegant woman should be able to do her marketing without making housewives laugh. Those who laugh are always right.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Perfume heralds a woman’s arrival and prolongs her departure.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” ~ Coco Chanel

“Eat less than you think you want, eat with your intelligence, not your stomach. Never get up from the table with an inward, silent apology for being a pig.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In the act of deciding what to eliminate, you place value on what’s left behind.” ~ Coco Chanel

“In fashion, you know you have succeeded when there is an element of upset.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.” ~ Coco Chanel

“When I can no longer create anything, I’ll be done for.” ~ Coco Chanel

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” ~ Coco Chanel

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Beware originality. In women fashion originality can lead to carnival.” ~ Coco Chanel

“My friends, there are no friends.” ~ Coco Chanel

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Good manners on a man are like wearing an exquisite suit. They never go out of style.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I am no longer what I was. I will remain what I have become.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Good taste ruins certain true spiritual values: such as taste itself.” ~ Coco Chanel

“A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.” ~ Coco Chanel

“People laughed at the way I dressed, but that was the secret of my success. I didn’t look like anyone.” ~ Coco Chanel

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