How to Channel Coco Chanel

If you have an occasion coming up, say a brunch or a Sunday afternoon tea with girlfriends, you'll want to look as classy and put-together as possible. The queen of this aesthetic is of course, Coco Chanel. Her signature pieces have become synonymous with style such as the quilted purse, ballet flats and pearls. Why not try channeling Chanel's chic style for your next special outing?

1. Pearls
Often photographed wearing ropes of pearls, Chanel made pearls chic and modern. No need to wear the real thing - Chanel was a fan of costume jewelery. Wear a single strand for an understated look or pile them on for extra drama.

2. Straw Hat
Chanel got her start in fashion by making hats as a hobby and later became known for her straw hats, in particular the flat brimmed boater style. A straw hat is a great way to give a crisp look to a casual spring outfit. Throw one on for a lazy day of leisure and look chic while protecting your face from the sun.

3. Breton Stripes
Originally the uniform of French sailors, Chanel made Breton striped shirts fashionable for the masses. Pair a Breton striped shirt with a pair of skinnies and ballet flats or wear them as Chanel did: tucked in to a pair of wide-leg, high-waisted trousers.

4. Two-toned Ballet Flats
A signature Chanel look, the two-toned ballet flat is everywhere this spring. Comfortable and versatile, this shoe can be dressed up or down and worn with a variety of different color combinations.

5. Quilted Bag
Over 90 years later, Chanel’s quilted handbag is still making fashion waves and inspiring designers. This spring there are lots of cute, affordable quilted bags to choose from for those of us who don’t want to have to remortgage our homes to pick up the original. Go for a soft, buttery neutral or make a statement with a wild neon.

6. Faux Flower
Chanel’s favorite flower was the Camellia and she featured it throughout her designs. A white faux flower pin is a affordable and fun way to pay tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel while updating your wardrobe for spring. Wear it in your hair, pin it to a lapel or attach it to a long string of pearls.

7. Black and White Blazer
Chanel loved the simplicity of black and white. A fun alternative to the plain black, look for a black or white blazer with contrasting trim. Give a pop to a basic work outfit or pair it with colored denim for a fun weekend look.

8. Signature Fragrance
Coco Chanel believed that every woman should have a signature fragrance (she had several). If Chanel No. 5 isn’t your style, spritz on your favorite spring fragrance and enjoy feeling totally fabulous.

Simone PagetSimone Paget is a freelance writer and the author of Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about love, sex, relationships and everything in between. When she's not writing her heart out, she loves wandering around her city, large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story.