Coco Chanel

A Brief Introduction

chanel 1Known for her classic and timeless designs, Coco Chanel has remained a style icon since her rise to prominence in the 20th century.  Born in France in 1883, she was placed in an orphanage. While not the most luxurious start to life, the nuns at the orphanage taught her to sew and her passion for design began to blossom. When she left the orphanage, she began to work as a singer in night clubs. She shed her given name of Gabrielle and became known as Coco. In her 20’s, Coco opened her first clothing boutique. Her first success in design came from a dress she made for herself. So many people asked her where she had bought it that she offered to make more. In the 1920’s, she launched her most famous perfume Chanel No. 5. She continued to revolutionize women’s wear with her production of the Chanel suit which featured a collarless jacket and slim fitting skirt. She pulled inspiration from men’s wear, an almost unheard of idea at the time. Her little black dress (also known as the LBD) brought a level of sophistication to a plain color. Chanel passed away in 1971. Many mourners at her funeral wore her own designs as a tribute. Today, the Chanel company is spearheaded by Karl Lagerfeld. Coco’s legacy lives on in runway shows and street style, and her name will forever be associated with grace and beauty.

Get the Look

Chanel’s iconic little black dress was dubbed “the Ford Model”, meaning it was affordable to all women. These days, designer duds don’t come as cheap. However, you don’t need to spend your rent to channel Chanel. Check out some affordable options that pay homage to a classic design house.

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Well fitted yet comfortable are the key aspects of a Chanel-style LBD. This French Connection number ticks all the boxes.





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Also synonymous with the Chanel brand is their classic quilted bag. This one comes in a similar style without the price tag.


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Chanel was known for her feminine twist on suiting. This tweed cropped jacket puts a modern twist on the timeless design.





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And of course, sometimes you just have to splurge a little bit. Chanel No. 5 has remained one of the most popular perfumes since the 1920’s.

Isabel Quattlebaum



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