The Ideal Wardrobe, According to Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, the epitome of timeless, classic style and good taste, was full of fashion wisdom, with much of it still holding true to this day. The famed designer and Chanel founder had strong opinions about the way that one should and shouldn’t dress. While at times, Chanel’s musings on style were overly blunt, there is much to take away from them. In fact, it’s even possible to build a wardrobe around her thoughts on style.

There are key points from Chanel on everything from the best colors to wear (take a wild guess) to the accessory that can make or break an outfit. As arguably one of the most important icons in the history of fashion, Coco's words leave a lasting impression. Scroll down to see the makings of a Coco Chanel–approved wardrobe and what the fashion legend has to say about them.

An ideal wardrobe, according to Coco Chanel

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Wardrobe Element #1: Simplicity
Coco Chanel quotes about style

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Wardrobe Element #2: Good Shoes
A Woman’s Ideal Wardrobe, According to Coco Chanel

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Wardrobe Element #3: Black and White
Coco Chanel style

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Wardrobe Element #4: Well-Fitting Clothes
Coco Chanel quote

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Wardrobe Element #5: Plenty of Dresses
Coco Chanel in the 1920s

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Wardrobe Element #6: Polish
Coco Chanel fashion quotes

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Thoughts on Polish, Part 2:
Coco Chanel photo

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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