Coco Chanel should have taught fiction writing

I’m not sure why, but I was looking up quotes by Coco Chanel, one of those time-suck things we can thank the internet for. So much of what she had to say about design and fashion relates to fiction writing and editing I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Instead of “accessory” think “adverb.” Instead of “face” think “depth.”

“Always look in the mirror before leaving the house and remove one accessory.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

“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.”

“The best colors in the whole world is the one that looks good, on you.”

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

“A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.”

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”

“Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”

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

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”


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