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In honor of Coco Chanel’s birthday (August 19), today’s wise words are a collection of quotes from a phenomenal woman who definitely made her mark on the world. From fashion to empowerment and inspiration to pure swag, here are 10 of my favorite sayings from Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1936 LIP-28371. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1936 LIP-28371. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

“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.”

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1937. LIP-6958-059. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1937. LIP-6958-059. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”

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

Coco Chanel after fashion show on september 29, 1968. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)

Coco Chanel after fashion show on september 29, 1968. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)

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

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

1957: French fashion designer Coco Chanel says goodbye to American department store executive Stanley Marcus. (Photo by Shel Hershorn/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1957: French fashion designer Coco Chanel says goodbye to American department store executive Stanley Marcus. (Photo by Shel Hershorn/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

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

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

“Keep your heels, head and standards high.”

Photos sourced via Pinterest and Huffington Post.

 

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