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.