One Chanel Dress, Two Outfits

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Several months ago, I bought a sleeveless, button-up Chanel shift. It wasn’t my wisest purchasing decision — I didn’t know why, when or how I would wear it. But the price was so low, I figured I could flip it on eBay (where I saw it listed for double the price).

I don’t recommend making purchases this way — it’s a dress, not Apple shares, so there’s no definitive appreciable value. Learn from my mistakes.

Vest Dress: Chanel (Consignment) | Black Button-Up: Maeva (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Shoes: Chanel (Barneys)
Vest Dress: Chanel (Consignment) | Black Button-Up: Maeva (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Shoes: Chanel (Barneys)

But sometimes, bad decisions pay off. The dress can be worn two different ways — as a dress and as a gilet. (A gilet is a sleeveless coat, which resembles a vest. Hermes and Dior offered notable versions last fall.)

As a dress, the Chanel shift is rather boxy, so it has to be belted. The neckline is very deep, so layering is essential to make it work appropriate. The tweed is overlaid with sequins and woven with ribbons, making it look bold, graphic and texturized.

Dress as Vest : Chanel (Consgnment) | Sweater: Gucci (Consignment) | Jeans: Madewell | D'Orsay Flats: Jenni Kayne (Consignment)
Dress as Vest : Chanel (Consgnment) | Sweater: Gucci (Consignment) | Jeans: Madewell | D’Orsay Flats: Jenni Kayne (Consignment)

Last week, I wore the dress as a gilet over a turtleneck and jeans. I felt a little bit like a schoolmarm — it’s a heavy look that screams 1992 — but I’m curious what you think. Is this Chanel piece more successful as a vest, a dress, or is there another look I should try?

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  • Rhiannon

    I actually like both, but I think I slightly prefer it as a gilet!

    • http://www.TheStylePragmatist.com/ Diana @ The Style Pragmatist

      That’s awesome — I was SO unsure of the gilet style, and I’m thrilled you like it!

  • Andrea Billups

    i like both looks here. i think they work marvelously. Another idea. A creme blouse with a ruffled jabot. long sleeved and cuffed. Under the dress, like a jumper. With Hair up, bare legs — springtime. That’s how i’d style it.

    • http://www.TheStylePragmatist.com/ Diana @ The Style Pragmatist

      Very cool idea! I will definitely try that when it warms up!