The heritage of Chanel
The reason why I posted a Coco Chanel quote yesterday is because I wanted to touch on some of the heritage she left to the world of fashion today.
Chanel is credited to have liberated the woman from corseted outfits and opened the door to a more sporty look — note that sporty in this context must be taken from the perspective of 1920’s fashion. With a less rigid attire, the women finally got to be more natural, while retaining their elegance.
If you followed the Chanel Wikipedia link that I invited you to read, you may have already spotted a few of these. Otherwise, let us review a few important points together.
The Little Black Dress
A Little Black Dress is an ubiquitous outfit in every woman’s wardrobe. A Little Black Dress can be elegant, sexy, casual… On it own, this single piece is one of the reasons why black is always a reference, a “color” to surpass. I already street styled a few glams in little black dresses, and you can keep up with former and future ones by following the LBD tag.
And if you’re more into white, just know that I also created an LWD tag!
The “marinière”, or sailor outfit
The legacy of stripes reminiscent of sailor outfits is also from Chanel. Mademoiselle spent quite some time with fortunate acquaintances around marinas. She had then the idea of taking the leisurely outfits from their usual habitat into the streets of Paris, to be enjoyed by citizens.
Chanel had a dual, tom boy rebel attitude towards her circle of rich friends. Claiming it was ostentatious to display one’s fortune in jewels, she decided to make these accessible to the masses by making fake ones, thereby lowering their price, statement, and keeping merely the beauty and fun of accessorizing.
And last but not least… Chanel No 5
A perfume that liberated the woman from the confines of single flower fragrances, to the edges of scents that were more common with frivolous women. It was Chanel’s way of allowing every woman to be complete: from respectable to flirtatious, from strict to glamorous. And what could be more liberating than that? It is still an icon today, that’s what.