It’s August! And Jill and I are having a little Chanel party. August 19 is the birthday of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who gave the fashion world so many timeless wardrobe staples—the little black dress, the cardigan jacket, black and white worn together, quilted bags, loads of costume jewelry, ropes of pearls (real and faux), and two-tone cap-toe shoes, to name a few.
For this month’s theme, I chose a Chanel-style jacket I bought in Paris on my 40th birthday as my central piece. It’s from Caroll and it’s a little too business-y for my lifestyle. I don’t wear it much at all, maybe once or twice a year. So…not exactly my smartest purchase. But I still like it and it brings back such great memories.
For this post, I attempted to de-formalize it by pairing it with faded J. Crew matchstick jeans, rolled at the bottom and a simple black Banana Republic T-shirt.
Feeling too costume-y and dressy wearing lots of pearls, the look that Coco made so famous, I opted for plain pearl bracelets that I bought at fair last April for a few bucks….
And I chose a bulky gold chain I found while thrift shopping with Gloria a few months ago that I paid $6.00 for.
I dug my Chanel lipstick (Chanel Rouge Coco Vendôme) out of my makeup drawer and put a little on. I usually only wear it for special occasions because I find it rather dramatic for my suburban/small town lifestyle. It’s much redder in real life than it is in this photo.
I put this outfit together while home alone one afternoon. Since I haven’t figured out how to teach my dogs or cat how to help me get my link bracelets on, I used an old trick of mine that maybe some of you haven’t heard of before.
It’s really easy. Take a piece of plain old office tape and adhere the bracelet to your wrist so that the loop the clasp attaches to sits right on the edge of your wrist.
Next, I pull the clasp end up to the loop and secure it.
Take the tape off and you’ve got your bracelet securely on your wrist.
The arrival of September means fall is fast approaching. For many of us that means hitting the malls and boutiques for new fall clothes and accessories. But why not skip buying new and try out second hand? Show us your favorite second hand piece or outfit. It can be a thrifted or consigned item, something used that you won on eBay or even a hand-me-down. Jill and I would love to see your gently used treasures.
Simply send me or Jill a photo of yourself wearing your second hand item along with a brief description and you will be featured on September 4th’s “How I Wear My: Second Hand Treasure” post.
Be sure to visit Jill’s blog today for more great looks that Coco herself would approve of!