Inspired by: Chanel

Designer Coco Chanel is one of the fashion industry’s most inspiring icons. Though she opened her first clothing shop in 1910 and passed away more than 40 years ago, her style and influence remain a steady source of inspiration. 

 Coco Chanel is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. She is famous for saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

In fact, in 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit in which she removed the jacket collar. Her style has an elegant simplicity that can inspire interior design as well. “Taking one thing off” — like the collar on the suit — is a great reminder to thoughtfully edit an interior as well.

To celebrate Chanel and remember her sage advice, I’m sharing a few Chanel designs today that I think reflect what she was going for.

A beaded dress so gorgeously put together that no necklace is needed.

A collarless suit cropped and tailored to accentuate the waist — not with ornamentation, but through the use of beautiful lines that direct the eye. 

In so many instances, the clothes tell the entire story with just the right amount of detail, like a plunging neckline and an amazing gold belt in a gorgeous sheen.

Who needs a necklace when you are donning a meticulously designed neckline and bodice, complete with floral-inspired jewels? To add just one more detail would overdo. Chanel strikes the perfect balance.

Chanel doesn’t overdo color, either. With this cream-on-cream suit, the eye can take in every detail: the lace, the intricate button work, the unique shape of the collar.

Take in more stunning Chanel inspiration by visiting my Cherie Chanel pinboard.