The Look for Less – Chanel Inspired

Chanel is my all-time favorite fashion house. I always loved the iconic “little black dress” designed by Coco herself. Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry by replacing structured silhouettes with garments that were functional and at the same time flattering to the woman’s figure. Chanel used colors that were traditionally associated with masculinity in Europe, such as black and white or grey and navy, to denote the feminine boldness of character. My personal favorites are the tweed pieces featuring classic silhouettes, clean lines, and the crisp achromatic color scheme. Chanel pieces are, in my opinion, some of the only haute couture that is worthy of the high price tag. However, if you’re just a regular girl like me with a modest income and plenty of bills, having a closet full of Chanel will remain a distant dream.
That doesn’t mean we can’t play dress-up though…

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

It is surprisingly easy to create a Chanel-inspired look. I chose this all white frayed-trim tweed dress for two reasons: 1) it has the prettiest black bow on the neck and 2) it’s only $24. Yes, you read that correctly. Twenty-four dollars. You can thank me later 🙂

Sizing and Fit

Although it has a tweed-like appearance, this dress is 100% cotton. In my opinion, the fabric feels more like tweed than cotton because it’s firm and has very little stretch. Despite these qualities, the fabric is still very comfortable and breathable for these warmer months. I chose to leave the black satin untied because I liked the slight menswear vibe it gave. For a more delicate and feminine look, you can tie the satin into a pretty bow, as shown on the model. This dress runs true to size but keep in mind the fabric has little to no stretch. SheIn.com is great about providing measurements for each size so make sure you check those numbers to find your perfect fit.

CeCe by Cynthia Steffe also makes this very similar dress that is on sale for $70 at Nordstrom Rack. You can also find it here at Macy’s or here at Lord & Taylor. In my experience, CeCe runs true to size (I typically wear an 8 petite) and has great quality pieces. My dress from SheIn.com is 33 inches long while this one from CeCe is approximately 36 inches long. Keep in mind that I’m only 5’0 so if you need a longer fit, the CeCe dress will probably be your best option.

Styling

To top off your Chanel inspired look, you’ll want to find the perfect accessories. Chanel herself was known for her classic string of pearls. I paired this dress with the prettiest pearl earrings from BaubleBar and these oversized sunglasses from Target. I also love these pearl drop earrings from Bauble Bar. I opted for classic beige for both my pumps and handbag. My Chanel flap bag was gifted to me around six years ago. The Fleming Convertible bag by Tory Burch is a beautiful and less expensive alternative to the Chanel flap bag. The Fleming comes in several colors and sizes. You can view the entire collection here. I’m kind of obsessed with that hot pink!

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress
style by courtney chanel inspired shein dress

Dress: SheIn c/o (CeCe by Cynthia Steffe version here) // Earrings: BaubleBar // Sunglasses: Target // Handbag: Chanel (Tory Burch Fleming here) // Heels: Louboutin (similar less expensive version here) // Watch: Michele (similar Kate Spade version here)

Comments

  1. I love this look on you! My grandma once said: “Invest in your handbags and shoes and the rest will look great”. That stuck with me and I am doing exactly that! I feel like if you have great quality shoes and bags everything somehow looks more polished and put together 🙂
    Love from Austria,
    Theresa | http://www.primetimechaos.com

  2. Coco Chanel is an icon! I love how you were able to put something together that is Chanel-inspired without breaking the bank!

  3. You are all class in this Chanel-inspired look! I absolutely love the chic style. I feel as though Audrey Hepburn would be proud. Ooh or Blair Waldorf hehe. I seriously need to get my hands on that dress. I can’t believe what an excellent price it is!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  4. Coco Chanel was truly a fashion inspiration. I love your look. It’s very lovely. I like how the tie added to the dress. It gives it a unique look.

  5. What a darling dress. I love that bow in the front. The tweed like appearance is GORGEOUS. It flatters your skin tone perfectly. The length is also perfect and the fact that it’s $24?!?!? Amazing!

  6. Getting TOTAL Chanel vibes from that entire outfit. I love mixing up designer pieces with affordable fashion, it definitely creates a more unique look and of course is a little more kind to the purse!! 🙂

  7. Gotta love a look for less Chanel look! You couldn’t have said it better with the primary focus is all about the silhouette and fit. That tweed-like fabric is just perfect, and styling it with those oversized shades is so good!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  8. This such an absolutely cute outfit. I am loving how clean and beautiful it is. It’s both kind of formal and casual 😉

  9. Having an all Chanel wardrobe would make most of us go bankrupt, but you showed us in a wonderful way how to create and recreate a Chanel inspired look by simple and even affordable measures! I love the minimalism true to Coco’s spirit and you look like a million bucks! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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