How to Dress like Coco Chanel in 3 Steps
There is an allure to looking like Coco Chanel. She was a style maven, who set the tone, and revolutionized fashion. In a time where women were wearing corsets and layers upon layers of fabric regardless of the temperature, she used fabrics that were not used for women’s clothing. She was timeless. She had a sophisticated heiress-like quality. She gave us many things like a structured jacket, an obsession with jersey knit, swimming suits, the little black dress, shortened hemlines, and the list goes on. Many women strive to be “classic” – like Coco. I understand her allure. She exuded style, confidence and change (did you know that she was one of the first SINGLE women to change fashion?! Before her, style was always backed by a man. She did it on her own. She was a millionaire – on her own. These things are so commonplace now, but in the early days of the 1900’s this was unheard of!)
She was also a woman who was hurting. She had a rough life, and was always looking for someone to love her. She didn’t let many people into her inner world, and with the people she did, she constantly lied about her history. There are many things about her that we can leave in the past, and not take on as our own identity. Thankfully, we can learn from her story!
She left us with 3 ways to be like Coco. Instead of copying Coco (honestly that was her unrealistic, and unobtainable goal – we have different body shapes from her ‘classic’ style), take these tips as your own and blend them with your body shape.
- Be a maven. Develop a personal style, and set the tone. I find that so many women want to blend in. They don’t want their outfits to attract attention. Coco didn’t care what other people thought about her styles. She was designing for herself – all of her models looked like her! People wanted to be Coco! If you set the tone for style, your friends will want to be like you!
- Be confident. Coco had an incredible amount of self-confidence (though she was also a bully. Let’s leave the last part out of this). I’ll bet that at many times, she had to fake it. It’s ok! To a certain degree, you have to put on self-confidence until it becomes you. If you lack self-confidence, please be gracious, and not be a jerk. We have all met the people who are so insecure that they bully people around them. This isn’t true self-confidence. We’re talking about the kind where you know who you are, and where you’re going.
- Try new things. Coco was an insecure person who was looking for love – way to start this style tip out!! With each man she had a relationship with, he influenced her style. With one she developed a more minimalist style; with another lover she discovered royal heralds and the ‘finer things in life’ (pearls and gold), and she adorned everything with her signature double C’s, dripped her styles in gold chains and pearls. She was never afraid of trying something new, even if it was bold and outlandish!
- While her biography, I was surprised to learn that even though she could afford fine jewels, and she charged an arm and a leg for her styles, she still preferred to use (and wear) faux gems, pearls, and gold chain. She always took something from high society and changed it. She was free to be creative! You should too!
- She mixed simple fabrics with pearls and gems (even if they were fake). When Coco designed one of her first lines, she used a fabric that was only used for undergarments. It was soft on the skin. It was revolutionary. We know it today as tee-shirt material! She created dresses and paired them with pearls! So wear your fancy jewelry with your tee shirt! Coco would have!
Coco had people flocking to her from around the world because she was revolutionary! Dear one, you are a world changer! Be revolutionary! With a little self-confidence, and a little discovery of your personal style, you can dress like Coco!! I encourage you to try new styles! In order to look timeless, sometimes you have to try new things!