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Wardrobe Inspiration – The Chanel Jacket

For those in the United States, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I had a nice time relaxing and seeing friends and family. I also ordered some last minute baby stuff, the accumulation of which is starting to severely test my Konmari method attempts.

Thank you all for your comments and emails about my sale post last week. I was happy to hear that many of you were able to hop on Nordstrom’ deal on Longchamp bags, and I think I have some twins out there of my beige and black Chanel jackets as well!

Now, On the topic of Chanel jackets – even on sale, these suckers are expensive, so for each one I always have to make sure I’ll get decent wear out of them. I’ve received a few emails asking for Chanel/Chanel esque styling ideas, and I thought I would share some of my favorite inspiration with all of you. Let’s start with one of the ultimate French cool girls, Vanessa Paradis.

Chanel Jacket Vanessa Paradis

The Cambon bag she’s holding on the left might look dated to some, but that black jacket still looks fresh and modern. I think this was from a 2004 campaign? So more than a decade back! The jacket on the right is one of my favorites ever, from 2013. Love how she wears both with jeans.

Next up, a bit more formal:

Chanel Jacket Cool Kids

On the left, Poppy Delevingne in a 2015 cruise jacket (you can see the black version in my spring sale post – she wears it much better than my dress form). On the right, Christine Centenera in a 2013 double breasted jacket and skirt combo.

Now, some examples in gray!

Chanel Jacket Miroslava

Miroslava Duma on the left – I like how she wears her Chanel usually, very youthful – and on the right the ultra cool Clémence Poésy, who always pairs her Chanel with the perfect casual pieces and perfect “messy” hair.

Next, how about some ladies in white?

Chanel White Jacket 2

Miranda Kerr and Cameron Diaz both pairing their jackets with jeans. I love the look of a cream Chanel jacket – I’m still looking for my perfect one. Though I think I would be paranoid about stains.

Chanel White Jacket

Next, Natasha Goldenberg and Kate Moss, both in the same cream/black tipped Chanel jacket.

And finally….

Chanel Kate Moss

…our favorite, Kate Moss, in a cardigan from 2011 and a jacket from 2007. I love both of these looks (I’ve posted them before on the blog) and it’s due both to Kate’s styling as well as the classic nature of the jacket themselves, that the outfits look perfectly modern today.

Do you wear Chanel style jackets/cardigans? What are some of your favorite inspirations for styling them?

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  • Whitney Farris
    July 6, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I prefer them with blue jeans and tees. Then I like to load up on the accessories, pearls!!!!! One can never have too many accessories as far as I’m concerned. Finish off the look with a killer bag……PERFECTION!!!!

    • Katherine
      July 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Even though we haven’t met I can totally see you as the classic jeans + pearl necklace kind of gal 🙂

  • Lili
    July 6, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I love wearing mine with black denim, chanel ballet flats and pearls and Im all set!

  • Belen
    July 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I have to say I’ve never been a huge fan of these, but seeing the black ones on Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis is making me change my mind! Gorgeous!

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Katherine i am about same size as you. what size do you usually wear in the Chanel jackets?

    • Katherine
      July 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I’m between a 34-36. I like mine a bit looser, and I also have wider shoulders, so I’ll usually opt for 36. Hope that helps!

  • Anna
    July 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I tried to love Chanel jackets, I really did, but they don’t look right on me (it might just be me and my body dysphoria). I walked away from one on consignment (WITH TAGS) for $1500. Don’t regret it though. Sometimes you just need to know what fits.

    On the bright side, just bought new SHOES! Casadei Evening pumps 😀

    • Katherine
      July 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Those are GORGEOUS! Good for you to recognize what doesn’t work for you and to walk away…good money saver and I wish I had done the same in the past!

  • ahhhsoneo
    July 19, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Not to be appear declasse with the following question, but how much are Chanel jackets going for these days? Yes I know, if you have to ask you can’t afford it… but i’ve never been in the market for one so i prefer to keep my sticker shock to myself rather than doing a double take in the boutique. I love the look of them, and I hear the craftmanship is impeccable.

    • Katherine
      July 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Asking about the price is perfectly reasonable, lol! I always ask the price wherever I am….even if it may expose me for a peon 🙂 Chanel jackets have had some insane price hikes lately, I’d say these days they are going for in between 5-8K full price for the “plainer” ones….and go up from there.