Coco Chanel was clearly one of the most talented fashion designers in the world. In fact, we think it’s fair to call her a fashion genius. Chanel is still one of the most famous, prestigious and well-known fashion houses in the world, and their brand still holds up in the modern days, even though it was founded over a 100 years ago. What’s their secret? They don’t care about trends, they create clothes, accessories and luxury goods that are timeless. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic pieces they’ve given us.
1. The 2.55 bag
This Chanel bag was a revolutionary invention is the world of fashion. Instead of designing a classic clutch or a handbag, Coco Chanel opted for a more practical bag, with a metal strap, fashioned after sailor bags, yet way more classy and elegant looking. It was a perfect solution for women on the go because your hands were free.
2. Breton top
Clearly, Coco was inspired by sailors a lot. The famous Brenton top seems so simple and classic these days, most of us can’t imagine our wardrobe without a couple of stripy tops. But it’s Coco Chanel and her infatuation with the sailor uniform that we have to thank for making it a classic piece that it is now. Chanel still has these tops in pretty much every collection to this day.
3. Faux pearls
Coco Chanel was the first to bring faux jewelry to the masses. She strongly believed in accessorizing every outfit, but she also understood that not everyone has the means to afford real pearls and gemstones. So she came up with faux pearls and gold, so that woman had the options to properly accessorize without limiting themselves or having to spend an absolute fortune.
4. Little black dress
Before Coco Chanel black dresses were only worn to funerals and by women who were in mourning. Otherwise, it was considered strange and distasteful. But Coco changed that. From the moment Vogue called it “’a sort of uniform for all women of taste” it became the most popular dress in the world and is still a classic piece of every woman’s wardrobe that is a perfect option for every occasion.
5. Tweed jacket
The Tweed Jacket by Chanel is still the best outfit option for fall and winter. The silk lining makes it very comfortable to wear, while the tweed keeps you warm during the colder months. It’s warm, it’s elegant and it’s comfy – it’s everything you need it to be, plus it’s incredibly stylish.
6. Chanel No.5
Chanel No.5 was created back in 1922 and it was the first perfume named after anything other than just the fashion house. Apparently, the perfumer created 10 different scents for Coco and she chose No.5 because it was the best one and because 5 was her lucky number. Since then the perfume has only skyrocketed in popularity and even now it’s still the most recognized and the best-selling perfume in the world.
7. Yachting trousers
When you look at yachting trousers, keep in mind that Coco was born and raised during the time when women only wore skirts and dresses. But she was a rebellious woman, so she often borrowed her boyfriend’s suits and wore trousers, which later on lead to her designing trousers for women. These yachting trousers were the biggest hit amongst women and if you look closely you’ll realize that these types of trousers are still fashionable now, and styles like these are coming back into fashion this year.
8. Chanel flats
Chanel flats are probably the best shoes ever invented. Most designers go for high-heels and that’s great for special occasions but for day to day life, most of us prefer flats. And Chanel flats are perfect. Their two-tone color combo works with any outfit and they’re comfortable. Plus, the nude and black color combination wasn’t created on a whim. The nude color of the shoe is meant to visually lengthen the leg, while the black tip is very practical because dust and dirt aren’t as visible on it, plus it visually shortens the foot.