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February 22, 2013

Coco Chanel’s Tips on Making Unique Style

La mode passe mais le style reste.
(Fashion passes, but style remains.)
–Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

What makes your style unique? That was the question posed to me Diet Dr Pepper. It sounds like an easy question but when you have to sit down and articulate it, it’s not that simple. So I looked to the Queen of Style – Coco Chanel – for some on ways to explain how I make my style unique.

Know Thyself

The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you.
-Coco Chanel

The first element in having a unique style is knowing yourself, what works on you and what doesn’t. That also means know what you’re comfortable in because something can look great on you but if you’re not comfortable in it that will show through and take away any “style” you have.
For me, I am under five-feet tall – I’m not going into specifics ☺ I know that since I am very petite I need to keep my clothing understated because if the clothing is too loud, voluminous, or long the outfit will very easily end up wearing me – and that’s never a good look. Instead, I often opt for clean, simple streamlined clothing that doesn’t overwhelm my small body.
Since I’m petite I also need to be weary of clothing that can come off as too young. For some reason, people equate height with age and if I were to wear a ruffle, I would look twelve-years old. Knowing the body and skin you’re in is the first – and most important – step to achieving unique style.


Elegance is refusal.
-Coco Chanel

Since I keep my clothing simple because of my petite frame I like to make a statement with my accessories. Earrings, necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, shoes and bags – I love them all – and if they are Chanel, well that’s a bonus! Fortunately, for the most part, most accessories work on most people so I can be more adventurous in this area. Just remember Coco Chanel’s advice and before heading out the door, take one thing off.


In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
-Coco Chanel

It could be your long curly hair or your red lips or a signature scent – but if you want to create a unique style all your own you must have some signatures themes. Consistently playing up certain features, or wearing certain types of items helps you to create a signature. Though repeating an item can seem boring to some, it’s how you create your stamp on something and make it your own. You don’t always have to wear the same shade of red for example, but if wearing lipstick is part of your “look” then always wearing a bold lip is part of your unique style.


Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.
-Coco Chanel

You can spend all day dressing yourself up but if you don’t have a personality then it’s for nothing. At the end of the day it’s your smile, your laugh, your charm, your wit that people will remember. Without that, there’s nothing.

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  1. Such a useful post. Where can I get the Chanel cuff? I must have it!

    Comment by Kristin — February 23, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  2. Thanks Kristin!

    The cuff is from a few seasons back – I actually got it on sale! I was very lucky to find it because the Chanel sales can be hit or miss.

    Comment by La Chanelphile — February 24, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

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