How to Channel Chanel
Learn how to pull off the classic Chanel look that Coco Chanel made famous without dropping dough on the pricey label
When you hear “Chanel,” what comes to mind? Classy, rich, sophisticated, luxurious, expensive… Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel, the label’s founder, would be happy to hear that her designs have upheld this sterling reputation 100 years after she started the brand. Coco made it a point to always go against the norm with her designs, believing that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Now, the look that she invented is instantly recognizable around the world and just as relevant and desirable as it was when she launched it.
With Coco’s hand in every aspect of fashion – handbags, couture clothing, jewelry, ready-to-wear designs, shoes, perfumes, makeup – owning even one item from the Chanel empire makes a girl feel divine.
It’s no surprise then that filmmakers have worked to capture the brand’s essence in the new movie Coco Before Chanel, which opened in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. The enchanting film, starring Audrey Tautou, chronicles Coco’s life before she became a household name, giving a detailed and touching glimpse of how Coco started with her first designs and then turned the label Chanel into what it is today. Throughout the movie, we see how Coco’s personal style sense influenced her ambition and her creations. In a world where corsets and funny hats ruled, she was different.
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But the great thing is that Chanel’s classic looks are so signature and distinct that they can be recreated with far less expensive options, while still giving off the same elegant impression. Here are the label’s most popular style points and some suggestions for incorporating these into your own wardrobe without splurging on Chanel’s pricey pieces.