Blog Assignment #4- Revision


Recall today's lesson on famous revisions such as Picasso's Bull and The Declaration of Independence.  Famous fashionista Coco Chanel once said the following:

"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory"
- Coco Chanel 

How would you apply her theory on accessorizing to the craft of writing ? Write a one paragraph response.Make sure to use your source paper or a current essay you are working on as an example in your response.


  1. There are a few different ways in which Coco Chanel's theory on accessorizing can be applied to writing. one was it can be applied is if you are writing an essay and one of your paragraphs are smaller then it should be, you would "accessorize it" as in you would add on to that paragraph with more detail. you would do this because if you don't then your essay won't turn out as well as it could be. This is one way of how I think Coco's theory could be applied to writing.

  2. Coco Chanel's theory "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory" can be used to fix up your writing in many ways. As you finish up a piece of writing you have constructed the next best thing is to re-read and make corrections. As you are making corrections on your work you can take out useless words or phrases to make the sentence simpler. I re-read one of my history essays and fixed a few sentences by taking out useless words or phrases before submission.

  3. Saurabh Subash Chand

    At the point when things can be basic what is the need to make them complex. I would say that instead of beating around the bush, we must have a clear vision of the concept to be presented. Unimportant things should be avoided and direct emphasis given on the main topic would upgrade our writings. Coco Chanel's theory also explains the same and has made me clear that our writings should be revised and unnecessary words and phrases must be avoided.

  4. V.Chandra Swaroop Reddy
    English 101

    "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory" by Coco Chanel means every time you look in the mirror you represent a new look which is beautiful than the before look. We can apply the same theory in the craft of writing as after finishing the writing, for every time we take a look at the entire writing, we would progressively increase the standard of our writing like by correcting the spelling mistakes, improving word choices, use of semicolons, quotation marks at the correct place, adding or removing some sentences which are more relevant to the topic, etc.…

  5. Akshith Ramesh,

    All of today's inspiring revisions taught us a lot of key writing details. Choosing the theme was the first thing that came to mind for me. For a theme to carry writing, it must be universal, something that every reader can relate to, it must strengthen and deepen the meaning of what we are presenting. However, interestingly we write and if the theme is boring, the reader loses his interest even before he starts but if the theme is proper, the reader's curiosity instigates him to read the entire text.

  6. Ram Rakkappan,

    Coco Chanel supposedly said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I don’t know if that’s true but I think it applies well to writing. I know I fall into the trap of writing overly complex sentences just because I can. There are times when I get stuck on a phrase that I think is clever. But what I then do, is what we all must do before publishing anything, look it over and remove. Pare it down to the essentials. Don’t let a need to hit a word count or “cleverness” get in the way of your point. Carefully examine each sentence, each phrase, each word, to determine how it serves the story. This is a case where less can be more. So my advice on how to get started? Just write, then go back and remove at least one thing.

  7. James Kwarta
    Coco Chanel quote states," before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.", applies to the theory of accessorizing to the craft of writing in many ways. One way it applies to writing is if you are writing a essay or source paper and it has to be a certain length and you drag it out to reach the correct number of pages. This explains Coco's quote because instead of repeating yourself throughout your essay you should remove what you dont need and leave valuable information. In conclusion, Coco Chanel's quote has a strong connection to the theory of accessorizing to the craft of writing.

  8. James Fazio

    Coco Chanel's quote, "before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory," transcribes to the activity of writing in several ways. For example, some people will write extra pages for an essay because they feel that they will get a "better grade" because they wrote more. In reality it was information that wasn't necessary. This explains Coco Chanel's quote because sometimes "less is more," which means that you only need what's important, not anything extra.

  9. Coco Chanel's quote, "before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory," can be applied to writing in so many ways. For example when revising an essay you would want to shorten the length so it can be direct and coherent. This binds together to Coco theory because more is less and the more observant you are the more you notice unnecessary things that don't add on to the paper

  10. The materialistic lifestyle has continued to expand across the world as time goes on. Coco Chanel once said “ Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”. What she was saying in this quote was to stop leaving this life where materials and accessories are more important then human values. The craft of writing is very complex but this saying by Coco Chanel can be implied into the craft of writing. In writing sometimes less is actually more and much more beneficial to your writing. Taking a couple words and and keeping it straight to the point can be extremely effective in your writing. This quote is somewhat of a perfect fit in the craft of writing because they have a perfect translation to each other.

  11. Mariam Bacchus
    Coco Chanel wants to ensure that you never have too much going on. This principal can be instituted in written work. For example maybe don't mention an invalid or unnecessary point. For the smartphone essay don't mention the positive aspects of the smartphone if it can't be disproven. Don't mention that with a smartphone you can have the news readily available without stating that some of that news can be fake.

  12. Mikayla Henderson

    Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” In terms of writing, it means that not everything is needed to convince what you are trying to argue, and in terms of accessories it means that materialistic things aren’t always needed to compliment an outfit because sometimes they overdo it and are over the top and don’t make the outfit as appealing to the eye. With that, in ways of writing it shows that before you submit your final draft of any writing piece you should look it over and remove anything that seems doesn’t belong, or doesn’t look appealing to the readers eye, and might bore them or be too much for something that could be perfect by being simple, and less is more and can be more appealing.