Obsession with Chanel Bouclé Tweed Jackets

Monday, 13 February 2012

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I can't sew even if you put a gun to my head BUT that doesn't mean I can't recognize exquisite workmanship or material on a garment. I was rendered speechless the first time I clapped my eyes on a Chanel jacket. I'm no clotheshorse. I prefer a handbag over clothes most days. However, I have a weakness for jackets. Any well executed and beautifully tailored jacket will bring me to my knees.

Chanel jackets transcend time. The timeless factor won me over. Who wouldn't like a classic jacket that will still be relevant in a decade's time? In fact, a tweed bouclé jacket that I fell in love at a Chanel exhibition was well over 45 years old.Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could pass my Chanel jackets to Lil L when she's old enough to appreciate them?

More than a decade ago, I used to see Chanel jackets at my local consignment stores going for ridiculously low prices. They were always a couple of sizes too big. At the time, I didn't know that a Chanel jacket is made up of multiple panels which you could easily alter 2 to 3 sizes up or down. A word of advice here. If you don't have an excellent tailor who can tackle a job like this, go to a Chanel boutique. I had a tailor who bungled an alteration. Argh.

Did you realize that Coco Chanel used tweed in 1930s because it was cheap? That said, they're anything but cheap these days with a jacket running in the £2500 - £3500 mark on average. The brass chain that runs along the seam weighs the jacket down for a better drape and fit. I have been obsessing over a contrasting ivory and black Chanel bouclé jacket for many years now. Imagine my delight (okay, that was an understatement. I was whooping for joy. How unladylike of me.) when I finally located one in near new condition in my size. It fits perfectly as if the jacket was made for me. I guess the saying patience is a virtue rings true here.


27 comments:

  1. Ahh this is so beautiful, M! Enjoy and looking forward to seeing how you style this baby :)

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  2. that jacket is so beautiful!!! the quality is just unbeatable. i wish my mother had one to pass down to me hahaha

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  3. Stunning! It doesn't get any nicer than that. I had no idea about the jackets having panels. Now that info will come in handy for a few ladies I would say.

    xx Mandi
    www.findmeamuse.com

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  4. Where do you find these delights? I need to stop throwing my money down the drain by paying retail.

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  5. Beautiful! Congrats on finding it, can imagine how you feel!

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  6. What a gorgeous jacket! A timeless classic for sure!

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  7. Bah, I love these. So excited for you that you can actually call one your own! And thanks for the insight in terms of the thoughtful details of these jackets (like the panels and chain for weight). Good to know...and now I want one even more. :)

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  8. It is wonderful to own a piece of garment you can wear when you are 25 and again at 50 and Chanel jackets seem to do just that.

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  9. This is just beautiful, M! What a find! I wonder if the panels have room to let out also?

    Though I have a couple of vintage Chanel jackets, I'm still searching for a perfect collarless boucle' tweed such as this. Promise me that, if I'm ever in your neck of the woods, you'll show me all these fab CS shops. And Fortnum & Mason! :) You've got me hooked.

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    1. You bet, I will! I have my share of luck with Chanel jackets but I would've never let most of them go had I known that I could've alter them. *sigh*

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  10. M, your Chanel jacket is beyond gorgeous! I had to just stare at it for a moment. I love it!!! That jacket (especially with it's neutral color scheme)can be worn with a skirt, trouser pants are even dare I say jeans. It truly makes a statement. I didn't know that about the brass chain. I thought that was very interesting. Beautiful pics girl and I can't sew worth a lick either! hahaha Have a great week! ((HUG))
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  11. The jacket is fantastic - must be the most timeless piece of garment there is... Congratulations! :-)

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  12. What a beautiful jacket M!!!! Patience MUST be your virtue because that jacket is absolutely perfect - the color, the cut, and you said the size!! YAY!! Wear it in good health! And can't wait to see you style it, of course!! :)

    xo, sam

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  13. Your tweet jacket is absolutely stunning. Even the lining is beautiful. I definitely prefer handbags over clothes any day, but this piece is just exceptional. Maybe I need to rethink my budget this year, hmmmm....

    Pjlatte's Bag Book ♥

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  14. OMG - are you kidding me? This is BEYOND!!!!! I'm speechless!

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    1. It only took me 5 years to find it! It really is exquisite.

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  15. this is gorgeous. I need to find an alternative jacket though, I don't think I can afford Chanel just yet ;)

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  17. Marlene, we are jacket twins (have it in b&w). :) S in NY

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  18. I have not regretted any of my Chanel jacket purchases. Very snazzy jacket, I love the black and white.

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  19. I LOVEEEEEEEEEE THIS! omg this chanel jacket is amazing.. this is one of the most gorgeous i've seen.. i'm def more of a handbag girl then a clotheshorse as well.. but i dream of owning a Chanel tweed one day!!

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  20. wow... I am speechless, such a beautiful piece, wish I could find these things in Holland...you are the best treasure-hunter!!!

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  21. Gorgeous jacket, such a classic and so chic! x

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  22. This is absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous jacket. I 'm literally breathless. It was so worth the wait and I love, love love that your jacket is black and white.

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  23. Congrats M! It's just beautiful. Show us some styling pics would you :)

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