The Look of…Coco Chanel

December 10th, 2009

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Pictured: Premium Hairy Bolero Jacket | $135 at Topshop, Double Button Placket Top | $32 at Topshop, Double Knit Skirt | $14.80 at Forever 21, Glitter Fedora | $10.80 at Forever 21, Mesh Pearl Strands | $10.80 at Forever 21, Kensington Oxford Pump | $24.99 at Payless.

We’ve always been enamored of the charmingly confident style of Coco Chanel.  And channeling her signature blend of menswear and womenswear is surprisingly easy now that the collarless bolero coat and pearls have planted themselves firmly on the trend radar.  (Audrey Tautou’s film Coco Before Chanel also didn’t hurt to repopularize Chanel’s style.)  To get a modern version of Coco Chanel’s look, mix simple shapes with different textures - and combine feminine silhouettes (e.g. pencil skirt) with masculine details (e.g. fedora hat).  Here’s how to get the look of Coco Chanel:

1.  Start with the simplest of foundations: a white blouse and a black pencil skirt.  
2.  Layer on Chanel’s signature pieces: a pearl necklace (note the modernization of the traditional pearls) and a textured bolero jacket.
3.  Finish off the look with menswear inspired pieces with a feminine touch: a ribbon wrapped fedora hat and a pair of oxford pumps.

How would you get the look of Coco Chanel?
Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sally  |  December 10th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I’ve always loved the distinctly Chanel look of long, layered pearls … but those cropped woven jackets are SO not my speed.

  • 2. JenX  |  December 10th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    chanel is so edgy but so soft, and comfortable. very cool wearable interpretation.

  • 3. Mimi  |  December 10th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    It’s a beautiful look for winter, too. Timeless

  • 4. GeorgieNYC  |  December 10th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    i love it. not crazy about the shoes but the jacket is an awesome find! a friend went to a similar themed party so we put this together for her….
    http://www.what2wearwhere.com/blog/post/2009/11/19/Chanel-Cocktail-Party.aspx

  • 5. Judy  |  May 9th, 2010 at 7:58 am

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  • 6. amie  |  May 10th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    i love chanel look

  • 7. anais  |  May 10th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    j’aime sa simplicite

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