Classic Chanel Bouclé Tweed jacket GOES Rocker Chic

Wednesday, 14 October 2015
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Chanel boucle tweed jacket, Zara ripped jeans, Isabel Marant Étoile t-shirt, Hermes Cape Cod watch, H&M wool scarf, Hermes belt and Topshop ankle boots (similar affordable version).

Chanel jackets can look overly prissy and posh. Neither suits my personality well since I tend to favor the slightly unkempt appearance. You know......the half tucked in top, ripped jeans, unbrushed hair kinda thing. Says the woman who's a dirt magnet and ALWAYS manages to get a stain on her new white top right where it's visible to the whole wide world.

Having said all that, I've been enamored with handmade Chanel jackets for well over a decade now. Nothing beats their workmanship which is truly a work of art. The coke bottle cap shaped buttons are a quirky feature on the prim and proper classic bouclé jacket. I caught sight of a tweed jacket from the 50s at a depot-vente in France, designed by Coco Chanel herself and mine is a near perfect copy of the old design but with an updated modern tweed fabric.

Personally, I prefer to add a little rocker chic elements to a Chanel jacket for a more contemporary look. I bought mine secondhand at a much discounted price but these days, I'm seeing more and more French contemporary brands producing rather impressive modern tweed jackets. Here are more affordable options.







I've been looking for a pair of faded grey ripped skinny jeans and found mine at Zara. Sad to say that they're bloody uncomfortable as the waistband tends to dig into my muffin top. Arghhhh. So...back to the drawing board. I'm fascinated by these grey ripped jeans which are dearer but have great reviews.







This H&M wool scarf was a FABULOUS find. My friend, Sue was left speechless when she found out that I actually bought it at a store. Surprise, surprise. I girded up my loins and braved the insane crowd at the mall (Sue said I should call it a shopping centre like Brits do). I lasted an hour and decided online shopping is still the way to go...... Anyway, this H&M wool scarf is made of 100% wool but in reality, it's super soft and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. I've compared it with the popular Acne "Canada" shawl and would you believe it....they're nearly identical but the High St version costs only £29.99. It's also large enough to double as a wrap or blanket which is handy to have if you fly often.

Isabel Marant Étoile t-shirts tend to sell like hotcakes. They fit beautifully on the body, sheer enough to drape but not too see through that you're flashing your undies at innocent passersby. The long sleeved version is perfect for fall/winter but equally cooling in summer. I'd originally intended to get one but they sold out in a blink of an eye so I ended up purchasing the short sleeved tee instead.










14 comments:

  1. You looked fab in this outfit at the weekend and it was lovely to catch up with you again. And yes, I was actually delighted to find that the scarf you had was a good old H&M special - the same one as mine but I had it in the other colour way - it's a little gem!

    And it's a shopping centre darling ;o)

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    1. But....but....but......shopping centre is such a mouthful! It looks like a mall! It was so lovely to see you again. Wish you don't live that far away.

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  2. I would love to see this outfit on you?

    Lucky you for finding secondhand Chanel!

    Where on earth did you unearth it?

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    1. I found it at a secondhand store. Pure luck though as I've come across many but none as pretty as this jacket. Yikes! I'm looking dreadful at the moment as I'm nursing a bad cold.

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  3. What a gorgeous jacket! I've yet to invest in a CHANEL boucle jacket, I'm still waiting for the right occasion to treat myself to one. I like the way you've styled it and made it look edgy. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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    1. Thanks, Jasiminne. Would've loved to invest in another but boy, are they expensive!

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  5. Fab outfit Marlene. One day, I will own one ..... albeit secondhand like yours I think. I recently got the IRO Carene jacket to satisfy my boucle craving. You have now tempted me with the Karon t-shirt, like you I have missed out in the past when I have had spending money, what size did you go for Marlene? I think it may be a better option than a jumper (as the jumpers I really like are too expensive) as it will be a great layering option. x

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    1. I adore IRO jackets. I've yet to own any but I'm dying to. Regarding the IM striped top, I took the medium because it was the only one available but it's slightly too big. Stick to your true size and you'll be fine.

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  6. The best ripped jeans I've seen lately are from Frame (Nordstrom) and they sit a teensy bit higher on the waist. New fave jean brand!
    :)Laura

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    1. Thanks, Laura!!! You're a gem. We're pretty much the same size and height. Besides, your recommendations are always spot on!

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  7. Hi. I just read your 'sisterhood of the travelling jacket' and wanted to say you are an inspiration - truly a woman of courage, faith and hope. All the women sharing those deeply personal and painful stories shows huge bravery and it will change lives for the better - it was a privilege to read. Thanks.
    Mandy x

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    1. Hi Mandy, what a lovely surprise to read your comment. I'm truly touched by your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to read and write your feedback here. Your words mean a lot to me and gave me the encouragement that I needed that yes...the Sisterhood stories were a worthwhile project to embark on. xxxx

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