Though she was born 132 years ago today, many of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s style witticisms still ring true—and we don’t just mean the ones about her oft-worn pearls, tweeds, and camellia flowers. The iconic designer regularly voiced her opinions on women’s style and contemporary dress over the years. In fact, the breadth and cleverness of Mademoiselle Chanel’s opinions on fashion is rivaled only by those of Karl Lagerfeld, the man who’s been reinterpreting Chanel for the modern era since 1983. Considering that Lagerfeld just sent out a veritable ode to Parisian style through the lens of Mme. Chanel for the brand’s fall 2015 collection, it seemed only right to pair some of the looks most reverent to Coco’s codes with the Mademoiselle’s own quotes on style. See how they stack up below.
—Steff Yotka, Style.com