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How to Get the Chanel Look (Without Spending A Fortune)

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If I ask you what THE MOST recognizable, luxury fashion brand is… most of you will likely respond with, “Chanel.” It’s the brand many women aspire to own and wear, thanks in large part to the late Karl Lagerfeld, who spent 30 years as creative director for Chanel.  You might also think it’s too expensive… cause it IS! It is over-the-top expensive, but I have some awesome news: in this post, I’m sharing a classic Chanel-like look that is also very affordable! The entire look is from Express, one of my favorite retailers for modern, stylish and affordable pieces.

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Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee

Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee

How To Get The Chanel Look

To achieve a quintessential Chanel look, there are five main elements:

1) TWEED, tweed & more tweed!
2) Pearls are a must
3) The jacket is EVERYTHING
4) The more necklaces, the better!
5) Classic red lips

Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee

Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbeeChanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee
Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee
The Look

Believe it or not, this entire look is from Express! The big show-stopper here is the is gorgeous sweater jacket. The textured metallic and neutral stitching is really pretty, and I love the subtle jeweled buttons. I styled it over a cami . It’s the perfect mix of casual and dressy that you could wear from work to errands to dinner. By the way, if you’re looking for a basic cami to wear under blouses, tops, sweaters, etc., then this cami is a great option for only $15.

Instead of doing a matchy-matchy tweed look, you can make the look more modern and casual by throwing on a pair of jeans. These jeans are soft, super high-waisted, and a more relaxed fit. I’m wearing a size 2 Regular but they also come in Short, Long, and Petite. To finish off the look I threw on some white braided sandals. They’re comfortable (for heels) and the braided look is very on-trend this season so it adds a modern pop. I love them so much, I have them in two colors. If you missed my post on the best fashion trends this year, you can read that here.

Shop more Express tops here.
More jeans here.
More sandals here.

Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee

Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee Chanel look on a budget, express woven sweater, express layered gold and pearl necklaces, layered jewelry, layered necklaces, express jeans, white sandals, white braided sandals, erin busbee
Chanel-Like Accessories

Where you can really bump this look up a notch is with accessories. I’ve layered three necklaces to complete that classic Chanel-like look. All three of the necklaces are multi-layered to add maximum impact, but the most important element in terms of pulling off the Chanel look is… PEARLS! Two of the layered necklaces have pearl elements. The longest necklace is lariat style with tiny pearls. I also styled this with gold and pearl earrings that are SO pretty.

Shop more jewelry here.

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More From Express

One of my favorite things about Express is that they offer trends AND classic pieces. The entire look above is a great example of that. I also love that you can find modern pieces at very affordable prices. More from Express below:

It’s Okay to Embrace Shoulder Pads… Even If You Grew Up in the 80’s!
The Best Loungewear For Hanging Out At Home
Jogger Jeans for Women? Yes, It’s a Thing!
Favorite Express Sweaters

Which piece is your favorite?? Please share in the comments. Huge thank you to Express for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks for stopping by!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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