I recently invested in a Chanel suit. I had the good fortune to drop by a local consignment shop on the day that a consigner had dropped off nearly a dozen impeccable Chanel suits, all in my size. As a very petite person, I know that striking out is often part of the deal when you prefer to shop secondhand. So having such a variety to chose from was a dream come true!
I left behind so many beautiful pieces because they were seasonal, like a sunshine yellow suit and a green tweed set. I opted for classic black because it is just quintessential Chanel. I will be able to use it daytime and evenings, all year round, and at any age. A Chanel suit is such an elegant and versatile item to have in the closet.
I look forward to sharing the full suit in a future post, but for this look, I went for a modernized, springtime feel by pairing the jacket with my very favorite fifteen year old (thats right) jeans-turned-cutoffs. Shy people, be warned! This turned out to be a fairly head-turning way to wear the jacket.
My husband was initially skeptical about the price tag attached to the suit. Granted, while Chanel holds its value exceedingly well, a secondhand piece is significantly discounted from a new, current-season item. However, even a secondhand Chanel suit is a larger investment than I typically make in my wardrobe. But once he saw the jacket on, he totally changed his mind. "I hate to admit it," he told me, "but that jacket looks amazing!" And, we agreed that two of our three children can go to college, and the third can have the suit.