Intern Hilary: Chanel on a dime! (kinda)
I read in a fashion magazine that a certain editor’s “no-apologies splurge” was a quilted leather Chanel bag. The editor explained that after months of pained deliberation, she finally purchased the bag because it was eternally stylish and would last for decades.
Of all the designers, Chanel is most recognizable to me because of its consistency. One can easily spot the aforementioned bag, emblazoned with the double C insignia of Coco Chanel. The clothes are equally eye-catching because of their loyalty to the prim tweed fabric weave. I can’t imagine a better outfit for ladies-who-lunch than a Chanel skirt suit, pearls, two-tone Chanel heels and the classic quilted bag.
As a college student, I can’t strut around in head-to-toe Chanel because, a) that would look ridiculous, and b) I regrettably do not own/cannot afford that much Chanel. However, I have received some impeccable hand-me-downs from my extremely stylish mother that I break out for special occasions. For those out there who don’t have access to such family treasures, never fear: many clothes and accessories are now made in the style of Chanel, but without the heavy designer price tag. So for fall, invest in a little Chanel, or Chanel styled accessories, for an immediate fashion lift (however, I’m sure qwp will absolutely faint if you even consider a knock-off). Just one piece can be sufficient though, so leave the full-on look to the lunching ladies!
This Burberry bag is a fraction of its Chanel counterpart at just under $300, and still maintains the style and sophistication of a much more expensive version.
This roomy Rokit bag is econimcal and efficient at $56.