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The Best Coco Chanel Quotes About Fashion, Love, and Success

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“A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.”

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“Elegance is refusal.”

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

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“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.”

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“Fashion changes, but style endures.”

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“There are people who have money and people who are rich.”

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“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

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“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

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“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”

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

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“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”

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“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”

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“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

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

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“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

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“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”

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“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

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“A woman can be overdressed but never over elegant.”

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“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.”

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Barry Samaha

Barry Samaha is the former style commerce editor at Esquire, where he covered all things fashion and grooming. Previously, he was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Surface, and WWD, along with overseeing editorial content at Tod’s Group. He has also written for The Daily Beast, Coveteur, Departures, Paper, Bustle Group, Forbes, and many more. He is based in New York City and can’t seem to find enough closet space for all his shoes. 

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Shelby Ying Hyde is a Brooklyn-based shopping and fashion contributor, with bylines on The Zoe Report, Teen Vogue, Essence, Nylon, Elite Daily and more. Prior to entering the editorial space, she worked at luxury e-commerce giants Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi on the product editorial team, where she gained an extensive understanding of the luxury market as it pertains to shopping and engaging customers in a digital space. Follow @theshelbyying on Instagram for shopping advice, sale updates, and tips for building a well-rounded wardrobe.

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