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…
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.
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!