Today, I would like to talk with you about one of my favorite Whiskey Women of all time: Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. A name, I am sure, you are all familiar with for she grew to become one of the most powerful and successful fashion designers in history; in fact, her legacy still reigns on today.

How was our dear Coco Chanel a whiskey woman?  Well, in full disclosure, I’m not 100% sure that she ever actually had a drink of whiskey (though I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she did).

But, what I can tell you is that she absolutely embodied the spirit and values of a whiskey woman.

You see, back in those days, our sister suffragettes were encouraged to wear corsets.  Yes, corsets.  And, as we all know, corsets are like the evil cousin of Spanx. But Chanel, in her infinite wisdom balked the system and societal rules by introducing the Chanel suit – a classic, collarless jacket and slim fitting skirt that was modeled after the man’s business suit.  No suffocating corset needed.

Another gem in the world that we have Chanel to thank for? The coveted Little Black Dress. Only Chanel could take a color that was (back in the day) only associated with mourning and give it new life as the go-to outfit for women everywhere. Seriously ladies, how many little black dresses do you own?  I’m not sure about you, but the variations of little black dresses in my closet far outnumber the pairs of leggings I own. And I fucking love leggings.

Are you catching the metaphor here?  Ms. Chanel said to the world, “We don’t have to wear your damn corsets anymore! And Black is a fantastic color that needs to be worn always!”  And we, The Whiskey Women, answer her by saying “Amen Sister Coco, and, further, we don’t have to drink fucking vodka tonics for the rest of our lives!  We shall drink whiskey!”

She, of course, agrees.

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

–Coco Chanel-