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10 Fashion Icons for Real Women

Coco Chanel

It's not always easy to pinpoint the moment a mainstay is born. But then we don't always have Vogue at our fingertips, either. In 1927, editors of American Vogue published a Coco Chanel design featuring a simple, elegant crepe de Chine black sheath and predicted the look would become a uniform. How right they were! To this day, nearly every woman in America has a little black dress (and maybe one for every season) at her fingertips.

Although the little black dress has experienced many incarnations throughout the years, it has wavered little from its original Chanel-inspired silhouette. Long after Chanel's death in 1971, womenswear continues to incorporate her signature details -- including a penchant for appropriating menswear elements -- and we can thank the linked "CC" logo every time we slip into an article that embodies her refined yet luxurious tastes.