25 Coco Chanel Quotes Every Classy Woman Should Live By

The fashion icon was full of wisdom.

Coco Chanel famously lived her life according to her own rules. Her musings on elegance, love, and life are as timeless as her classic Chanel designs. Take a look at the founder of Chanel's most memorable, inspiring, and outspoken quotes here.

"Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!" - Coco Chanel

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel

"The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you." - Coco Chanel

"Fashion changes, but style endures."- Coco Chanel

"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." - Coco Chanel

"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress." - Coco Chanel

"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." - Coco Chanel

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel

"My life didn’t please me, so I created my life." - Coco Chanel

"As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!" - Coco Chanel

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

"A woman can be overdressed but never over elegant." - Coco Chanel

"A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future." - Coco Chanel


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

"I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not." - Coco Chanel

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

"I don’t care what you think of me. I don’t think of you at all." - Coco Chanel

"I don’t do fashion. I am fashion." - Coco Chanel

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

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

"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." - Coco Chanel

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." - Coco Chanel

"You live but once; you might as well be amusing." - Coco Chanel

"Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds." - Coco Chanel

"Elegance is refusal." - Coco Chanel

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