New Purchase: Chanel trench

This is a little late, but since fall collections are already rolling into stores I wanted to share with you one of my favorite new (to me) purchases for this coming fall/winter. I really really love Chanel RTW and always drool each season when the new collections come out. My budget is much more on the J.Crew/Club Monaco side than Chanel but I still would like to own a few special pieces in my closet and hope to accumulate a little collection over time.

I first saw this amazing navy trench in Chanel’s Boston boutique in 2008 – I was there visiting grad schools and decided that I should do some window shopping as well. As soon as I saw this trench, I was in love – I walked over and said to the sales associate, “Can I just stand here and stare until some real customers with money come in??” She laughed and said of course. I didn’t end up buying and it has haunted me ever since…
A few years later though, I had the opportunity to buy this amazing trench from my friend Larkie – oh, to have her problems of too much Chanel RTW! It arrived in beautiful pristine condition –
The beautiful buttons with airplanes on them…
The chain hem..
My new love!
Thanks for reading about my new (old) purchase! What’s your current favorite purchase?

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  • SMS Style
    August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I'm not jealous, at all, honest! Haha as if, I'd die for it! xxx

  • Bridget
    August 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It's beautiful. Swoon. Lucky you!

  • homestilo
    August 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Hot- can't wait to see what you pair it up with!

  • Aesthetic Alterations
    August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful! THis has oodles more personality than the "normal" ones out there, including the Burberry (which I love by the way). It's divine and I hope it will delight you for years.

  • Lydia
    August 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Gorgeous! I could use that here in the Northeast 🙂 My latest obsession/current fave purchase are my necklaces (Anthro stormy). Love them.

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    August 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Lucky thing – this is so classic and fun! I need to check out her stuff on tpf!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  • Sarah M.
    August 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with that jacket! You're so lucky to acquire such a classic piece for your wardrobe. Currently, my favourite "new" purchase is still my amazing Alexander Wang Rocco bag that I got a month ago!

    xx from Montreal,

    I Bleed Fashion

  • soanthro
    August 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    A Chanel trench is the number one thing on my "To Buy" list, I've wanted one forever and can't wait until I can afford it! Yours is BEAUTIFUL, enjoy it!! xx

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    August 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This trench is absolutely gorgeous! I haven't purchased much lately, but the Banana Republic skirt I picked up a couple months ago for $5 has definitely seen heavy rotation in my wardrobe lately thanks to the high temps!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    August 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Wow, that is gorgeous and looks so well made! I can't wait to see it on you!

  • Nelah
    August 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    The trench is beautiful, seems to be in a perfect condition. You waited for so long and now it is totally yours. Can't wait to see your modeling pic.

    I am so bad about taking care of my clothes (put dry clean and clothes that require hand wash in a washing machine) so I would hate to invest in expensive ones. Maybe one day when I am not lazy.

  • Michelle
    August 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What a beautiful, stunning piece. You will certainly have that in your closet for many, many years. Isn't it a great feeling to obsess over something for seemingly, forever, and then finally OWN IT?! Ahh. So satisfying. Love it.♥

  • Lauren
    August 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    You lucky girl!!! I just bought a high waisted, A-line full black skirt that is going to be my MVP for years to come… Can't wait to wear it all the time.

    Hand drawn:
    My Closet in Sketches

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful purchase! You can't go wrong with a Chanel, especially a coat or jacket.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful purchase! You can't go wrong with a Chanel, especially a coat or jacket.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful purchase! You can't go wrong with a Chanel, especially a coat or jacket.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    August 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful purchase! You can't go wrong with a Chanel, especially a coat or jacket.

  • Sarah
    August 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    OMG -LOVE THIS!!!!!I have long arms, you should probably just give me this coat instead of dealing with taking it to the tailor . 😉


  • Melissa
    August 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    WOW lucky girl!! I remember Larkie, too 🙂 I'm jealous and happy for you!


  • Amy
    August 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    you are so lucky to have that trench it's so pretty 😀

  • Annette
    August 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the airplane details on the button. So, so amazing. And it looks warm too!

  • newpetite
    August 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Waiting to see it on you 🙂

  • Michelle
    August 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    This is such a beautiful piece! I am looking forward to the post-alterations pic! Share the before and after shots! 🙂

    My favorite current purchase: my $12 J. Crew purse! 🙂

  • Lily
    August 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    SO gorgeous !! Love it.


  • xJOLE
    August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The airplane on the button is such an amazing detail.. What an amazing purchase. I know you'll love this for many years!

  • HiLLjO™
    August 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    You are so lucky to get a second chance.
    There was an Abercrombie back-to-school outfit about 5 years ago with a blue plaid button down and maroon sweater vest… I wish that was my second chance purchase.
    I love them buttons BTW!

  • Leona
    August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, what a GORGEOUS jacket!!! I hope one day I'm lucky enough to own such a beauty!

  • amy b.s.
    August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    it is so beautiful!

  • Lisa
    August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm


    i DIE.

    seriously I DIE!

    it's GORGEOUS!!! i would seriously die for a piece of Chanel RTW!!!

  • modniza
    August 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    fabulous! love it! xooo

  • bagfashionista
    August 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    aww…congrats!!! it's weird how it looks like 3 different coats in the pictures you've posted due to how close the camera was to the coat.

  • Meisha.Style
    August 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    WOW!Gorgeous piece! love it!

  • 20thCgirl
    August 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Wow I am SO very jealous I love chanel (well.. who doesn't?) and that trench is prefect!

  • Mai
    August 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Oh my! So gorgeous! I'm super jealous right now 🙂

  • Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Can't wait to see it on you! So elegant and pretty! Good investment for sure!

  • Natasha xoxo
    August 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    That trench is gorgeous. Hello FALL! 🙂

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  • LV
    August 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    What a gorgeous trench! I love it!

  • Bonnie
    August 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I friggin' love me some Chanel, and this is exactly why. The craftsmanship is amazing. I can't wait to see what it looks like after you have it tailored!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Finley
    August 5, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Oh my gosh, this is GORGEOUS! I don't care if it's 120 degrees out, I would have bought this too! Fortunately for you, you aren't in this sweltering heat and can wear it so much more!

    {mommy chic} latest post: GIVEAWAY!

  • alison*elle
    August 5, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Eee, can't wait to see it on once it's back from the tailors! Of course you will take photos, yes? 😉

    xo, alison*elle

  • Gelene
    August 5, 2011 at 5:25 am

    that trench is PERFECT for the windy SF weather.. summer, HAH! What summer?

    And another plus: ITS BEAUTIFUL!!!! 😀

  • ShinyPrettyThings
    August 5, 2011 at 5:54 am

    soooo beautiful!! congrats on finally getting your new love!

  • Josie
    August 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Your new coat is ADORABLE! I love the hardware and fabric… Adorable.
    xo Josie

  • Alterations Needed
    August 5, 2011 at 7:37 am

    That coat is so freakin' fabulous that I can't think of anything more clever to say than…congrats!!

  • Mary Lane
    August 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    WOW. Airplanes on the buttons? I'm sold!

    I'm so jealous of this acquisition of yours.

    My most recent favorite purchase is a pair of jean-Michael Cazabat cage sandals covered in chains and beads. I got them 60% and they look like a million bucks.

  • Sasha
    August 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    well…actually i think asians have shorter arms. i am asian but i am tall 5'7. recently i bought something on ebay (from asia). the coat was short in body and sleeves. it's like made for a smaller person….
    there were 2 asian guys told me asian got shorter arms. so…

  • libbeh
    August 7, 2011 at 6:17 am

    This is a really gorgeous trench coat. I definitely like the chain hem! LA's been having SF-ish weather as of late! Burrrrrrr! I'm already thinking of purchasing fall pieces, and recycling some from last fall/winter.

  • audrinajulia
    August 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful trench coat!So happy for you that you got what you's an amazing feeling.

    I love my fitflop rokkit sandals now and of course as you know my LongChamp pink darshan.:)