w8Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to wear to today’s Chanel fash mob. Simply put on a slinkly LBD, dress in two-tone black and white or go for a stripy Breton shirt. If you’d rather wear original Chanel then have a look at the 10 best vintage Chanel items available to buy right now which Martha Hayes has compiled for us.

When Coco Chanel told Harper’s Bazaar that ‘simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,’ she risked being misunderstood for lacking diversity and originality. But that was 1923. Though her fashion house was characterised by classic tailoring and precise shapes, and is still today the epitome of chic, this is the label that gave us quilted leather handbags, trademark tweed, a reinvention of the two-piece suit and a very unique stamp on the LBD. ‘Simple’ suggests straightforward. There is nothing simple about Chanel.

Investing in vintage Chanel doesn’t come cheap and is no easy task (there is so much to choose from), but don’t worry. We’ve narrowed our wish list down to ten items you can buy on line right now.

Eighties Cashmere Cardigan

Proof that Boyfriend cardigans are nothing new, Chanel’s collaboration with pure Scottish cashmere in the late Eighties was a match made in high fashion heaven. The classic cream and navy sweater is Chanel at its best with a deep V-neck, ribbed cuffs and crest buttons down the centre. Perfect thrown over equally Boyfriend jeans or cut-off denim shorts.

Size: Medium
Price: $102.50

willrun0904-img600x600-1238055113jspa9658734Black Shoulder Tote Bag

If you invest in only one piece of Parisian chic this summer, make it a Chanel handbag. This beautiful quilted shoulder tote is a fabulous size to fit not just a red lipstick and hand mirror, but maybe even a book for the tube as well. It’s made of lambs’ leather with inside pockets and naturally Chanel’s quintessential double chain straps. So at least if you are slumming it on the underground, you’ll look (almost) a million dollars…

Price: £589.99




!BSsuTi!B2k~$(KGrHgoOKicEjlLmZB)tBKEfKh8Kpw~~_12Corsage Broach

Sometimes when artificial cotton flowers or even vintage corsages fall flat on an outfit, only Chanel will do. This authentic camellia pin broach corsage would brighten any tired sundress or jacket from four seasons ago and it’s so unique it makes a great collectors item as well. (But wouldn’t that be a waste…?)

Price: $149.99




600x450-5530White Clutch Handbag

You seriously need a reason? This over flap shoulder bag has the chain attached (no Chanel bag would be complete without one) but we think it looks much cuter and definitely more on-trend if you tuck the chain in and sport it as a clutch. Made of white lambs’ leather that’s quilted with two inner zipped pockets, this is in beautiful condition with its original box. No wonder everyone from Alexa Chung to Nicole Richie snap them up!

Price: £578.99

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