6 Coco Chanel Quotes for an Elegant and Ambitious Life

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer who created the feminine and classic Chanel brand. She brought to life beautiful jewelry, feminine suits and dresses and even perfumes that have all become simply iconic, known throughout the world. The Chanel fashion brand has existed for almost 100 years.

Chanel items have carried quite the price tag throughout the brand's existence. But there's a lot you can get out of the brand without owning a Chanel item. If you can't afford the fashion from the Chanel line you can learn from some her words of wisdom and apply them to your own ambitions.

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

It might surprise you, but Chanel was less interested in the changing of trends in fashion. She wanted the styles she created to leave a legacy. In any goal you approach, you should have that same mentality. Imagine being so prolific with your accomplishments that people remember your name for years to come.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

This is a wonderful quote and is certainly something to keep in mind for work and your career.  How are you going to defy conventional thinking and innovate like no has ever before?

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

While Chanel loved beautiful clothes, she knew that beauty and elegance were a lot more than the clothes themselves. It was a way of life, an attitude. A lot of it really stems from kindness towards others.   

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”

Chanel’s fashion house started in the 1920’s, just before the Great Depression. When times were tough, she gave the world something to aspire to with her unique designs that were true to her passions. When you’re faced with obstacles, if you remain true to yourself then you increase your chances of success.

“Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.”

This is actually something that many successful people say in different ways. If they had any idea of how high the odds were stacked up against them, they might have not been able to succeed. On the path to your goals, it’s a near certainty that there will be obstacles that make you feel like you came up short, keep going anyway.

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

Chanel was an innovator and a style setter. She was also not afraid to speak her mind. You should always let your voice be heard like Chanel. What makes a great leader is the refusal to remain complacent. Always strive for more.

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