Styling a Chanel jacket & £10 designer denim cutoffs

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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As you probably gather by now, I don't do colors nor overly feminine clothes all too well. It's like getting a rapper to dress in a tuxedo and sing a ballad. Not that I walk around wearing heavy chains with tattoos  all over my body..... Over the years, my style gradually evolved, perhaps influenced by the French more nonchalant and perfection-is-boring attitude which suits me to a T. I still can't style my hair to save my life so the "tousled" (read: I can't be arsed brushing my hair) look is right up my alley. I'm drawn to slightly ripped clothes and half tucked shirts. I guess you could say, there's a continual a slant towards androgynous, contemporary and edgier clothes.

On the flip side, there's my love for Chanel jackets. Sophisticated and posh. Two words that can't be used to describe someone like me who's a whiz at spilling anything and everything onto my clothes. I somehow managed to get my hands on a aubergine Chanel jacket complete with glittery gold and silver pinstripes. Shudder..... At a first glance, I was befuddled. How do I even wear it without looking like I'm heading out to a posh luncheon?

However, the fit....oh my....the jacket fits my body like a dream. There's something to be said for handmade jackets, particularly Chanel's. It gave me shoulders (I have droopy narrow shoulders), added curves to my body when I have none (anyone dealing with fluctuating body weight like me??).  After a few tweaks, I decided to try the tweed jacket with ripped jeans, a slouchy Alexander Wang t-shirt and tone it down a notch by pairing it with simple ankle strap heels from Marni.


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I had a look around all the denim cutoffs on offer at the High St stores. It was either too ripped, too short, too high waisted etc etc etc. I trawled eBay for my favorite 7FAM boyfriend jeans and............ Lo and behold.......£10! Bargain! I'm a menace with scissors and ended up with jagged edges but what the heck, perfection is boring. I bought these Josefina jeans a little big as I prefer the slouchy look.



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I thought I'd pop these snapshots of Winchester in to give fashion a bit of a rest after the lengthy spiel. I'm dying to toss my winter clothes. Spring seems so far away when all we're having is intermittent sunshine and wind strong enough to blow me away. I hope everyone has awesome plans for the Easter break.


17 comments:

  1. I love that Chanel jacket on you! I could never pull it off - I'm too top heavy, too unladylike, too clumsy - but it fits YOU like a dream! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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    1. Aww...thanks, Jasiminne. I think most French brands tend to make tops that are far more suited to those who are flat chested. Unless it's a slouchy shirt, going up a size means that everything else will be too loose.

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  2. Oh the jacket is perfect on you, you think it had been made for you. I love the ladylike chicness of it, but dressed down like you have to suit your style, perfect! X

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    1. Thanks so much, Annmarie! I'm still getting used to the purple color and all those glittery pinstripes. It's certainly outside of my comfort zone.

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  3. I rather like it! The purple colour and the glittery pinstripes! It does look a lovely fit on you - it really nips in at the waist. And you've styled it exactly how I imagine you would - it's the way I would wear a Chanel jacket if I was ever lucky enough to have one. Maybe one day!

    And like you, I'm more than ready to ditch the heavy coats and get some lighter garments out. I started today ... it's probably why it blew a gale.

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    1. Really?! I sort of wavered between "yes, it's time to get out of my comfort zone" and "I must be nuts to get this". The jacket's so prim and proper that it needs something to rough it up a bit.

      Sigh. The weather had better be great over the 2 week Easter term break. I mean seriously....it's pretty much April (in a few hours) and we're still in our winter coats and woolies.

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  4. I really like how you combined the Chanel jacket with the jeans and heels. Gosh, I hope to own a Chanel jacket like yours someday. Also, I think cut-off jeans should be anything but perfect, so like what you dit with yours. Would love to see you wear your Chanel jacket with those cut-off shorts and some flat sandals or ballet flats in Spring or Summer. :)

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  5. The jacket is as scrummy on you. I love it Marlene. xx

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  6. What a thing of beauty that jacket is! I always feel slightly awkward in a formal jacket or blazer, as though I borrowed it from someone else, but I could definitely get on board with the way you have styled it xx

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  7. That is a gorgeoussss jacket!!! I love the way you’ve styled it–I never would have thought to style like that!

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  8. Love it! You're so comfortable in your personal style and you have such a knack for adapting pieces to work for you! I adore this jacket! This is about as much color as I would wear but the dark plum still acts like a neutral. I'm still waiting for my first Chanel jacket!

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  9. Beautiful post! I can only hope that I will find a Chanel jacket as gorgeous as yours!

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  10. That jacket is incredible and I think you have styled it perfectly - it just needs a bit of dressing down. Would be fab with scruffy boyfriends & trainers too I reckon. Lucky you! And great find on the shorts....total bargain x

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  11. That jacket is just absolutely beautiful, the cut, the colour, the detail..stunning. You have styled it to perfection, love the sandals, love the jeans, love the Hermes belt, you are pure class in a non shouty, understated way, tres Parisian xx

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  12. Jacket lust. That is all! - Keri xxx

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