The 6 principles of the ideal wardrobe, according to Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel is without a doubt one of the most important visionary designers when it comes to women's fashion. Mademoiselle Gabrielle was the embodiement of classic style and good taste. Her sartorial advice remains useful to this day. So what are the essentials of a Coco Chanel-approved wardrobe?

Getty Images 1/5

Principle 1: Invest in shoes

"A woman with good shoes is never ugly."

Getty Images 2/5

Principle 2: black and white

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

Getty Images 3/5

Principle 3: Polish

 "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."

Getty Images 4/5

Principle 5: well-fitting clothes

"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions."

Getty Images 5/5

Principle 6: Lots of dresses

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

Want to cash out your own closet?