Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Fitting, since all the trends that the fashion icon trail blazed are super classy, excessively fab and are still around centuries later!
To comprehend just how much of an influence the pioneer has on your style today, sample this: which piece of clothing do you instinctively reach out for from your closet for a night out? The LBD? Thought so. Well, you have Coco Chanel to thank for that. Also, beauty-wise, if you’re a fan of self-tanning, you should know it was Miss Chanel who unintentionally alighted all golden brown from a sailing trip to Cannes where she caught too much sun, circa 1923, and soon, Briton women were smearing their legs with Bovril to create the illusion of a tan. Now you know who pretty much invented sun bathing! Here are some of the most popular trends courtesy Chanel, that still live on today:
Coco Chanel championed the dress as a timeless wardrobe staple, and to take it a step further, it was Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's current creative director, who said, "One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress", truly said, Karl.
Thank to Chanel, a tweed jacket isn’t just something your dad wears in the winter, it’s a classic symbol of luxury and the signature look of the French brand. Fun fact: After borrowing sportswear from her beau, the Duke of Westminster, Chanel adopted the comfortable fabric in her designs because she loved the sophisticated quality it lent to her creations – especially her elegant suits for the modern women, which are still reiterated today.
The idea of perfume as the ultimate sign of luxury was also perpetuated by Chanel. The first fragrance, the iconic Chanel No. 5 was unveiled in 1921 and still remains the most sought after. In 1922, there was the floral concoction, Chanel No. 22, and soon after, a slew of covetable fragrances followed.
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Coco had long back layered her necklaces- they are back in fashion this summer. She was often seeing wearing this set of pearl necklaces.
Coco designed the accoutrement trend because of the inconvenience of having to carry her bag in her hands – so she added chain straps inspired by soldier bags to her now iconic 2.55 flap bag. The style has been updated many times since – hello, quilted flap bag.
The best example of Chanel’s minimalistic chic style? Her classic two-tone shoes that best describe the Chanel ideology. Mostly in shades of black, white, or beige, this pattern has been in the roster of Chanel footwear for over five decades already.