Chanel jacket from Luxury-shops.com
I've periodically searched ebay and online consignment stores, but never can find the right combination of colors, size and price that would tempt me to buy. And when it comes to LA consignment stores, forget it. Apparently you have to know the secret handshake just to get on a waiting list for one, which invariably command prices in the low four figures (before the decimal point).
So I've decided to forgo the impeccable tailoring and the lovely little chain sewn into the hem, and look for some jackets in my price range in fabrics and designs which pay homage to the iconic Chanel style. I'm on a hunt for something I'll call "Chanel-esque."
Starting at Net-a-Porter, I found this Milly jacket:
The styling is there, and the tweed-ish fabric, but ultimately it just doesn't excite me, and at that price I need to be in serious lust.
Another Milly jacket:
Again, it's a situation where the basic elements (styling, fabric) seem to be right, but it's just not grabbing me.
Next, on to Nordstrom, where the only thing I found was this Semantiks jacket, which seems like a bargain after the Milly's but the styling is just missing something, and I remembered I'd seen this up close when it first came in and that the fabric looked kind of cheap.
This J.Crew jacket has great styling and bouclé fabric, but neither the black or white versions interested me, and I don't think this is the right yellow for my coloring. It's also not available in Petites, and I'm only willing to go the alteration route if it's true love.
Then there was this one, but I think the combination of the horizontal detailing and my already ample bust would not a chic silhouette make.
Yesterday as I was going through my e-mails marked for deletion, I noticed this:
Now, a few years ago I had several Ann Taylor items in my wardrobe. Their quality was good for the price, especially considering their frequent sales, and amongst the conservative pinstripe suits (which worked well for the office at that point in time), one could find some cute and stylish jackets and sweaters. But these last few seasons the clothes just stopped appealing to me. Everything either seemed very boring and lifeless, or too Yacht-Club-wannabee™ or else overly clingy and cut in such a way as to make wearing a bra impossible. Plus, they kept cutting back on the styles available in Petites (both online and in stores), so I'd pretty much written them off. But what the heck, I thought, I'll just have one last look before I give up completely. Lo and behold...Now we're getting warmer.
Throw on some long ropes of pearls or gold chains, pull out that vintage bag et voila! Chanel-esque!