The Chanel Jacket Chronicles Part 1: How To Make A Well Informed Chanel Jacket Purchase

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini and Jacket

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini

MimaMochi at Luna Park wearing Chanel Black Lambskin Mini

Elaborating on the theme of my last article, I mentioned that I have been neglecting some of my designer RTW pieces. The most neglected of all being my collection of Chanel jackets, which are sadly lucky to make an appearance even once a year. Although each piece I own is exquisitely crafted, and is more often than not among the most coveted RTW items of their respective collections, they still remain unworn and largely forgotten. They lay dormant, waiting patiently for the day they make their grand appearance to the world again. It is such a shame as these items were so difficult to obtain at the time (even now) and hold within them their own amazing story to tell for those willing to discover.

I am fortunate enough to own over 20 Chanel jackets and coats, which I hope to feature and style on MimaMochi.com. This will be an ongoing multi-part series, which I have named “The Chanel Jacket Chronicles”. This idea was inspired by a friend of mine who was concerned that my pieces were not receiving the amount of sunshine that they deserve. You know what? I completely agree! The naturopath in me cannot help worrying about my jacket’s Vitamin D levels! With Vitamin D deficiency being linked with depression, I will stand idle by no longer while my Chanel pieces become depressed!

Given that this is the first article in the series, I thought that it might be interesting to begin by discussing the reasons why I have neglected most of my jackets. This may be of help to someone looking at adding one of Chanel’s famed tweed pieces to their collection. To get more wear out of an expensive designer piece like this, you need to select a jacket that is right for you!

 

Chanel Jackets Can Often Feel Quite Restrictive To Wear

The first problem for me is that tweed can be an awkward, albeit beautiful fabric. It makes Chanel jackets extremely restrictive to wear, as in general most tweeds I have purchased have very little to no give. I am a person that enjoys having full range of motion of my limbs, so whenever I put one of my tweed jackets on I feel like I’m wearing a fashion straitjacket! I would hate to over stretch and have any delicate threads busting at the seams. This is the sole reason why I will always choose a cute cashmere knit over a Chanel tweed jacket these days. You never know when you will need to do a cartwheel!

Furthermore, it is definitely a viable option to purchase your jacket in the size that is most comfortable to you. If you cannot find your ideal size, then it is possible to have your piece tailored by the expert in house seamstresses at your local Chanel boutique for a more comfortable fit. To my knowledge they generally provide this service free of charge if your piece was purchased new within a two year period of the collection. Areas of alteration include the armpits, as they are typically cut quite high on a Chanel jacket, and also the sleeves, which can run quite narrow. Altering certain parts of the jacket will provide more comfort, and on certain body shapes, a more relaxed fit looks so chic.

 

One Style Does Not Suit All!

Talking about fit in the previous section actually brings me to my next point. Not everyone is suited to the classic Chanel jacket shape! It is a lie when it is said that the 4-pocket cult tweed jacket (and it’s many variations) suits everyone! It is simply not true. It is not the jacket version of the sisterhood of the traveling pants. Beware of the hype or prestige convincing you otherwise!

To explain my stance on classics not suiting all people, I will use myself as an example. With my body shape, it is more flattering when I tailor my jackets for a tighter fit that accentuates my waist. A classic cut that falls at the hips adds a lot of bulk to my frame, which tends to be unflattering on my proportions. For ladies that are bottom heavy, a classic tweed jacket creates the illusion of you appearing as chunky as your legs. Even when you have a trim upper physique, the jacket will hide your tiny waist and this forms the unflattering deception of you torso being as wide as your bottom half. Thus, you will look like a rectangular shaped person, which does nothing for your figure... unless that's exactly what you want!

As a result of this, most of my jackets have been taken in at the waist to accentuate my figure, or are of a completely different cut e.g. cropped or swing style. My more trendy seasonal jackets are actually the ones that are worn more often as they suit me better. I don’t feel particularly confident or beautiful when I wear my classic style Chanel jackets, hence why quite a few pieces in my collection remain unworn. I have to style them carefully in order to not look fat, which honestly takes the fun out of wearing them. Why on earth did I buy them, you may ask? Well at the time I fell in love with the hype and rarity, how beautiful they looked on other people, and their collectability. Oh and when I tried them on in store they looked great on me!

 

Test The Jacket Under Different Lighting Conditions

The last point I made brings me to another interesting observation - RTW pieces always tend to look better in the optimal lighting conditions of the Chanel boutique compared to real life! Very much similar to jewellery in their boutique display cases. If you are serious about purchasing a jacket, venture outside of the change room and view yourself in the many mirrors found throughout the boutique. Viewing yourself wearing the piece under different lighting conditions is quite important for determining whether it is truly flattering to your figure or not. Lighting in the real world is very rarely as nice as the boutique change rooms. Teenagers with their selfie struggles can tell you all about lighting problems!

 

Try, Try, Try!

Another recommendation is that when you are hunting for a new piece you should try on a variety of shapes, cuts, colours and sizes. No two jackets of the same style, in the same size will fit exactly the same! This is due to the handling of each respective jacket by different Petite-mains (0r seamstresses) in the construction process. A SA explained this phenomenon to me when I was purchasing my cropped black tweed jacket from the Dubai Cruise collection. Given that there were two size 36's in store, she urged me to try them both on for this reason. I found that one was slightly more flattering on me than the other. No points for guessing which one I took home! It is also said that each Petite-main has their own unique way of garment construction. When pulling apart a garment for alterations, it is sometimes possible for the seamstress to tell exactly who made that particular jacket in France due to little clues the Petite-main leaves during it's creation. These are all beautiful touches that show a real person has placed a tremendous level of effort, love and care into creating your special jacket.

 

Mistakes Can Be Costly! No Chanel Jacket Is Immune To Depreciation

Avoid becoming fixated on buying a “classic” for the sake of it. I’m going to cut the sugar coating and tell it straight. No Chanel jacket ever retains its full value on the resale market. Like almost all cars, no modern Chanel jacket is immune to severe depreciation. I implore you to make your selection based on what looks stunning on you and what suits your lifestyle. This way you will reach for your piece time and time again and will never find yourself in a position where you have to sell your jacket due to lack of wear. With reselling, the majority of the time you will unfortunately make a significant loss and is one heartbreaking and expensive lesson.

To further confirm my stance on classic vs. more seasonal resale, I have seen the 2012 “Little Black Jacket” from the famed book selling for half its retail price on consignment. The only classic jacket from the supermarket collection, a much-hyped pink and white tweed worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kristen Stewart and Andreea Diaconu, is one I purchased only a mere year and a half after its initial release for a fraction of its retail online! It is of little consequence whether the piece is seasonal, timeless or worn by countless celebrities. They all find the same fate of depreciating at some point or another, for some the process occurs more quickly than others. A brand new Chanel jacket should be for life. Beware buying into the hype and making a mistake you’ll possibly regret!

 

Some Jackets Don't Stand The Test Of Time

My final note is that just because a Chanel jacket is outrageously expensive doesn’t mean that it is infallible to damage, although some would like to believe so. If you want longevity and plenty of wear from your piece, you need to select one that is capable of being a “work horse”. With some tweeds, the weave is quite delicate or loose making the threads susceptible to unraveling or getting caught in things. These pieces are better suited for occasional wear due to this reason. Many Chanel jackets also have braiding or extremely ornate buttons, which can be problematic for those who aren’t particularly careful. Pearl buttons can be scratched, and the braiding can unravel if it catches on anything. Another factor for the longevity of a piece is the composition itself. Not all fabrics age well. Some wool tweed jackets are susceptible to pilling like cashmere (which drives me crazy), hence may not be appropriate for heavy use.

Keeping these pointers in mind, a Chanel jacket can be an amazing wardrobe staple as long as you select your piece with care. For most, it is a big purchase so it is important to make an informed decision when buying straight from the boutique.

 

What Adrianna is Wearing

Adrianna paired her Chanel jacket (described below), with the "Girl Rock You Bra" by Silent Arrow, Asilio "On the Run Pants" and Gio Diev "Nikko" pumps. Accessories include Chanel parrot earrings from the Coco Cuba Collection and rectangular lambskin mini bag.

 

Did You Know? More Interesting Facts About The Jacket

The first jacket to be featured in "The Chanel Jacket Chronicles" is look #62 of Chanel’s 2012 Fall/Winter presentation. The crystal themed runway is actually speculated to have be inspired by "The Fortress of Solitude", Superman’s polar crystal palace which forms his headquarters. It certainly makes for an interesting bit of trivia. My jacket with its subtle cape, metallic finish and electric blue colourway certainly fits into a super hero theme. I can’t help but think the speculations must be true, which makes me love the jacket even more. The buttons of the piece actually look like crystals, and the fabric is an intricately pleated silk that has been painted metallic blue. When you unfold the pleats, you can see the unpainted black silk between the folds, which creates a beautiful effect. I purchased this jacket quite inexpensively on consignment and admittedly mostly snapped it up due to the price. I didn’t realize how much I would come to love it, as the pictures online did not do it justice. I believe the seller lovingly called this piece “The Kooky Karl Jacket” on the description, so I still call it that to this very day.

Chanel 2012 Fall Ready To Wear Crystal Collection

Source: Vogue.com

Please share your Chanel Jacket Experiences Below

If you have learned something new, or have anything to add to this discussion your opinion is very much valued here.

I am extremely passionate about Chanel and their RTW pieces that it would actually make my day (and probably several other readers' too) hearing of your own special experiences or acquired knowledge! If you have any other suggestions for future write ups in this series, or perhaps even a question or two please get in touch below.

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60 Comments

  1. Jas
    April 25, 2017 / 22:21

    I want to see a photo of your jackets please!!!

    • April 25, 2017 / 22:31

      Hi Jas 🙂 It is my plan to feature them one by one in this series! Definitely keep a look out for future posts as I will be sharing them all.

    • April 29, 2017 / 23:24

      Thanks for your kind words Itzy 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  2. April 26, 2017 / 05:51

    that jacket looks so edgy! LOVE it!
    have a great day!

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:27

      Thank you Grace 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend!

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:34

      Thanks Mrs. Aa 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  3. Tami
    April 26, 2017 / 20:01

    Lovely article! 💙

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:43

      Thank you Tami 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:45

      Thank you Mary. It’s going to be so much fun styling the jackets and writing up the articles. 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  4. April 27, 2017 / 10:38

    I laughed when I saw you said that you love to have full range of motion of your limbs. God knows that I feel the same way!! I hate the feeling of being restricted and not being able to reach for things. Can’t wait to see your collection of Chanel jackets! so exciting hehe

    http://www.hintofgrey.com

    • May 8, 2017 / 17:41

      Hehe functionality and comfort above all else right? Thanks Irene for your lovely feedback about my series. I am also really excited to keep on working on future posts.

  5. miri
    April 27, 2017 / 16:24

    Hi Adrianna,

    Thank you for such elaborate article about Chanel jackets. I own their bags but none of their clothes so it is good to know all this from you. I love this Chanel jacket but as you said, it is hard to wear it. I mean, it is too beautiful to be worn to the office or on the train. I don’t know where I would wear it. But I still LOVE it!!

    Have a wonderful Thursday, dear friend!
    Big hugs,
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • May 8, 2017 / 18:29

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the article and found the information useful. Yes, I definitely find myself being conscious of those exact things when I want to wear my pieces. Trains and any crowded places are a no no! I would be scared of someone ruining the jacket by catching on it. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:52

      Thank you Violette 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:53

      Thanks Andreea 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:54

      Thanks Soraya 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 00:56

      Thanks Gail!

      I love the colour and it’s definitely one of the easier jackets to wear. 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 01:02

      Thanks for all your lovely support and kind words. 🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Adrianna xx

    • April 30, 2017 / 01:04

      Thank you Anouk. 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  6. Nermine
    April 30, 2017 / 15:09

    Hi Adriana, thanks for sharing this lovey article and interesting facts, it’s much inspired. I personally own two Chanel tweed jackets in pink and blue 💗💙, which I have purchased over the last couple of years at the Chanel boutique and learned the depreciation in value lesson the hard way. My original plan was to own one classic black tweed Chanel jacket for a life time, a plan which I obviously didn’t follow through. As you mentioned, I have indeed fallen in love with the story, the fabric and the craftsmanship. To be quite honest, I do continue to be head over heels smitten over those beautiful pieces and find any excuse to wear or even just put over my shoulders for the evening. I do however find my self falling into the habit of wearing an all black outfit , including shoes and bag, in order to balance out the decedent opulence of the Chanel jacket. Ever since I have challenged myself into finding ways to style it differently and my only achievement to this date was to add a blue jeans to the equation, hence cannot declare that challenge as conquered! I would love to hear your thoughts on that and remain excited to follow your series and see more of your exquisite pieces.

    On another note, would you also kindly share your thoughts on how much is too much Chanel ? And when do you know you have had enough? It’s a thought that’s been hunting my mind for a while. Despite all the true facts you mentioned above , I still fall in love with Chanel tweed jackets and still find my self lusting over new pieces. I need to be able to draw a line for myself to say that’s enough due to the obvious huge cost of these jackets. Yet, that line remains currently blurry and cannot find that clear cut line when I could truly say to myself you have enough.

    With warm and kind regards,

    Nermine xxx

    • May 8, 2017 / 19:16

      Hi Nermine,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your personal stories and connection with Chanel RTW. Can I just say, Chanel pinks are my absolute favorite and I am so excited to hear that you personally own one in your collection. It’s funny, my ig friend @pinkblondebrunette posted a montage a couple of weeks ago of all the beautiful pink Chanel tweed jackets she has fallen in love with over the years. It opened up a great discussion and made me realized that the pink jackets are often among the most prized RTW pieces of each collection. They are just as prestigious as black in my eyes.

      It’s lovely to hear that you’re getting more adventurous with your pieces. Tweed jackets always looks great with denim so good choice! The beauty of Chanel jackets is that they can be dressed up or down and worn both casually and formally. I really hope you keep experimenting more! Wearing the pink jacket over the shoulders with a plain white blouse and pink skirt would look so beautiful and chic. I recommend experimenting with wearing the jacket over the shoulders more, as it can just simplify the look, and open you up to even more choices of outfit. I wish I could give you more advice but not knowing the cut, style and other colours of the jackets make it hard for me to give you more direct answers.

      As to how many jackets you need in a collection, that is totally your choice. I always think that ticking off certain styles and going for what suits you is a great way to go. Every fashion conscious girl in my opinion should have a good designer blazer, biker jacket, cropped jacket, cape or capelet, trench coat, denim jacket, overcoat etc. You could also look into other Chanel jackets that aren’t necessarily tweed. Sometimes they do some really cool pieces in other fabrics like leather or silk 🙂

      All the best,

      Adrianna xxx

    • May 8, 2017 / 22:54

      Thanks so much Yuka! It’s a very fun jacket to wear

  7. May 2, 2017 / 17:10

    As much as I have restricted myself to procrastinate on social media, I simply cannot forego your regular digest. I recently bought 2 Chanel jackets in Paris and still trying to get hold of one more locally. And everything you said on this post is exactly how I feel about Chanel jackets. I bought a very classic black jacket many years ago and although I have not gained any weight, it feels awfully restrictive in its cutting. The shoulders are really cut to your frame, which in many ways make it fit like a glove, but also hinders a lot of movement – like lifting your arms!

    Thank you for sharing something not many people are open about, and I love all the images from this post – especially this jacket!

    Hope you’re well!

    @lauradilusso

    • May 8, 2017 / 23:26

      Hi Lauren 🙂 You’re such a sweetheart! I know your name well from ig 🙂 It makes me so happy to hear that there are people out there like yourself who go out of their way to read the content I put out. I spend so much time on each and every article so it’s nice to see that this effort is appreciated by others.

      Oh yes tell me about it! These classic tweed jackets, even though you hear so much about how they were designed to “free women”, on the most part certainly don’t allow full range of motion! They even make simple things, like reaching for a lipstick or fragrance off a high shelf so difficult!

      I think this series will be great for spreading more awareness about Chanel RTW! Both to people like yourself who own one or more jackets, or to the person looking out to start their collection. I wish I had a guide like this before I purchased a few of my regretful pieces.

  8. May 2, 2017 / 19:33

    Nice sharing 🙂 This is one of my favorite posts that you’ve done.

    • May 9, 2017 / 13:51

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it xx

    • May 9, 2017 / 13:51

      Thanks beautiful! You’re so sweet

  9. May 3, 2017 / 12:28

    You’re right! You are extremely fortunate to have 20 Chanel jackets! I can only dream of owning one. I don’t blame you though.. I would probably only let my jacket out once in a very blue moon. Love this one you styled, though! xx

    Kit | THINGS SHE LOVES

    • May 9, 2017 / 13:59

      Hi Kit,

      Thanks for the kind words. I definitely feel very fortunate to own over 20 Chanel jackets but I wish that I could wear them more often. Have a beautiful week

      Adrianna xx

  10. Lyfw77
    May 3, 2017 / 13:37

    Another wonderful article! You leave no stone unturned in your research and reviews- I always appreciate your analysis and honesty even if it means owning up to misjudgement! But I think you are a pro at turning around a would be fashion error and making it work!
    I completely agree with you on the need for mobility- sometimes I find myself flapping my arms like a bird in the dressing rooms just to be sure I have the mobility needed to reach for handrail on the train or to catch one of my kids before they run into a dangerous spot…
    the details on the creation process of each piece and its individuality is fascinating… keep it up and I can’t wait to see some more

    • May 9, 2017 / 14:15

      Hi beautiful! You’re so cute. I can actually imagine your arms flapping up and down like a bird to see whether the jacket is practical enough in the dressing rooms. When you have kids or a busy schedule, comfort and full range of motion is so essential. Even little things like reaching up to grab something on a high shelf becomes impossible when wearing some Chanel jackets!

      I am always so happy to read your comments and feedback. You have such an appreciation for Chanel RTW and it’s always a joy hearing from you.

      Have a lovely week,

      Adrianna xx

  11. May 3, 2017 / 15:53

    Wow girl! I was so excited when you mentioned this series on Instagram because I”m such a Chanel fan. I can’t wait to see what your collection consists of! And 20 jackets, holy moly! You are closet goals!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • May 9, 2017 / 14:48

      Thanks beautiful for your comments! I’m really excited to share them all, however I’m afraid it’s going to take a while to cycle through them haha. Enjoy your day Rina xx

  12. Tina
    May 3, 2017 / 17:27

    Wow 20 Chanel jackets! Can’t wait to see all of them make an appearance on your blog! Love this photo shoot btw!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • May 9, 2017 / 14:50

      Thanks Tina! Can’t wait to share them either 🙂

  13. May 4, 2017 / 18:10

    Great idea from your friend! I don’t have any jackets like this because they’re so bold that if I wore them twice in one week, every one including my boyfriend who can’t even remember my eye colour, would realise I’m outfit repeating! haha I think they’re great for special occasions though & this one is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see these jackets in future outfits on your blog! & great guide for buying a Chanel jacket!

    • May 9, 2017 / 15:07

      Hehe you’re so funny! Like your boyfriend, I actually find it very hard to remember people’s eye colour. Even for people I’ve known for my whole life! Clothing choices however, I remember very well. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Can’t wait to share more soon 🙂

  14. May 4, 2017 / 21:04

    Can’t wait to see all your jackets sweets, this series is my favorite this far! I unfortunately own no Chanel jacket, but who knows what day:)
    Thanks so much for the inspiration and have an amazing day!

    Love from http://tbymallano.com/

    • May 9, 2017 / 16:04

      Thanks gorgeous for stopping by to read my post. I hope one day you add a Chanel jacket to your collection. You have such a classic and elegant way of dressing that I feel you would wear one a lot 🙂

  15. May 5, 2017 / 01:51

    These are such great tips lovely and certainly considering and not just buying Chanel for the sake of it. I think it’s so important to always remember who you ae and what you like, so you dont end up buying something you’ll never wear! tHANKS FOR SHARING LOVELY XOXO

    Love from London,
    Whit

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

    • May 9, 2017 / 16:54

      Thanks Whit for stopping by to read. I am glad you enjoyed the read xxx

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