How to Dress Like Coco Chanel

When it comes to timeless fashion, on of the first names that comes to mind for me is Coco Chanel. Coco’s fashion weaves through history over the last two centuries. One of the things that makes Coco Chanel’s style so special, is that her clothes are still modern today. Check out how to channel her fashion wisdom in your own closet sometimes without looking further than a string of pearls and a little black dress.


First of all create your own style. Chanel believed in embracing new fashion and trying unusual combinations. She believed fashion was made to eventually become unfashionable, so take chances.

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Start with the little black dress. This may be Coco Chanel’s most enduring gift to women’s fashion. Before she popularized the black dress in the 1920s, it was mostly used for mourning periods.

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Shop the Items: 1. Red Valentino Dress, 2. Lace and Mesh Back Midi Dress by Rare, 3. Antonio Berardi Pencil Dress, 4. BOSS Dress, 5. Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps, 6. Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals, 7. Christian Louboutin pumps, 8. Christian Louboutin pumps, 9. Tom Ford Sunglasses, 10. Chanel Vintage baroque dangle earrings, 11. Chanel Clip On Large Earrings, 12. Chanel Chunky Chain Belt, 13. Linda Farrow sunglasses, 14. Christian Dior Pearl Five Strand Choker Necklace

Wear wide-leg pants. Choose pants that fit the current fashion trends, but be willing to try high-waisted and mid-rise versions in white. She wore these pants with espadrilles in the summer.

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Shop the items:  1. Temperley London Payton Tie Front Shirt, 2. Roksanda wide-leg pants, 3. Christian Louboutin Pumps, 4. Balmain Black Wool Turtleneck Gold Buttons Sweater, 5. Stella McCartney Palazzo Trousers, 6. PADLOCK ANKLE STRAP PUMP, 7. Maison Michel Blanche hat, 8. Dolce Gabbana pussy bow blouse Divo, 9. Ann Demeulemeester palazzo trousers, 10. René Caovilla Pumps

Try combinations of black and white. This was her favorite color combination, as shown by her little black dress. Color blocking hats, scarves, sweaters, shirts, pants, shoes and coats creates definition and classic style. Once you have color blocking perfected with black and white, start adding brighter colors.


Buy a tweed suit. This should include a jacket without a collar and a pencil skirt. The jacket often featured a ribbon trim. Thanks to Chanel and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, these tweed suits are still sold today. The most elaborate versions include a matching hat.


Think architecturally. Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.” She liked jackets, purses, skirts and hems with straight lines. A cropped coat or a blazer can instantly add a designer look to an outfit.


Wear jersey fabric. Knits were not considered fashionable for the upper class until Chanel took them on. Take advantage of their prevalence in fashion today by combining knits with other textured fabrics, like tweed and denim.


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Find a pair of real pearls. Coco Chanel wore single and multiple strands of pearls as an everyday accessory.

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Bring back the hat. Often in black and white or pastels, Coco Chanel’s pillbox hats were structural and often matching the rest of a woman’s outfit perfectly.


Don’t be afraid to sport costume jewelry. Chanel’s jewelry always made a statement. Not every piece of jewelry needs to be expensive; however, statement pieces were also a big part of her design.


Wear several types of jewelry at once. She was often seen with studs, necklaces and rings.


Invest in shoes. A great pair of heels is the icing on the cake. Shine the shoes and keep them well heeled. Patent leather is a great choice for work or evening wear.
Coco Chanel is quoted saying “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”

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Shop the Heels: 1. Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps, 2. Casadei Leather Blade-Heel Pumps, 3. Christian Louboutin Bareta, 4. Christian Louboutin So Kate grey, 5. Tom Ford Patent-leather pumps, 6. Christian Louboutin Rare Hot Chick Pumps

Use a signature scent. It doesn’t have to be a Chanel fragrance, but it should be something that defines you as much as your clothing. Consider switching fragrances between summer and winter.

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Shop the Fragrances: 1.  Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops, 2. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium , 3. Chanel COCO NOIR Parfum , 4. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh , 5. Miss Dior, 6. Dior J’Adore Voile De Parfum

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Written by Aneliya Vasilieva

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Editor In-Chief of Fashion Style Magazine, Aneliya Vasilieva is an international fashion editor and stylist. She edits and styles looks that enhance brand positioning and messaging and owing to her fashion experience and remarkable taste level, she has become well known in the fashion world. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism are qualities she brings to corporate styling projects for many clients in the industry.