Do You Dare To Be Different?
Arguably the most influential fashion designer of any time is Coco Chanel. Born into poverty in 1883, Coco Chanel did not have a comfortable life. At the age of twelve her mother died of tuberculosis and young Coco had little choice but to live at an orphanage. It was there that she learned a trade and became a seamstress.
After trying a career as a café singer, Coco fell back on her sewing skills and designed creative hats. By 1913, with some financial help, she had opened a store in Paris selling beautiful but casual clothes without corsets and petticoats, for leisure and sport. They were made from fabrics such as jersey, which were not normally associated with ladies clothing and in doing so revolutionised the fashion industry. Radically altering the fashion landscape with her elegant simplicity, she became one of the world's most famous fashion legends. Despite closing her store with the outbreak of World War II, she returned to fashion in 1954 with new sleek designs and her success only continued.
Coco dared to be different.
It was through her strength and imagination that she dared to conquer the belief that one should only wear “the real thing”. Coco Chanel also flaunted imitation jewellery and inexpensive accessories to the point where all women confidently adorned their clothing with these items. Because she boldly stood behind what she believed in, she gave women from all walks of life the ability to expand and embellish their clothes as successfully as their wealthy sisters.
“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”
– Coco Chanel
Imagine for a moment what our world would be like if a woman like Coco Chanel did not have the confidence to stand up for what she believed in, to step outside the square and dare to be different? She didn’t only change the whole look of fashion; she showed us that no matter what, it is important to always believe in you and anything is achievable. She gave women around the world a voice and new directions on what to wear and how to live - oh, and the beautiful fragrance of her perfume! Introduced in 1922, Coco was the first fashion designer to introduce a signature perfume.
Changing your style and image is a significant first step to increasing your beliefs and confidence.
What is the second?
How are you going to step out of the box and stand up for what you believe? Look at what Coco achieved. You can too.
When was a time you dared to be different?
Did it change your life, and/or the life of others?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.