Choosing Chanel-style jacket trims
I always think of a Chanel-style jacket, pre-trims and pre-buttons, as an un-iced cake. The basic structure is there, the charm, the fun, and much of what really makes these jackets distinctive comes with the addition of the right trim. The sky’s the limit, of course, when it comes to choosing trim for your Chanel-style jacket and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the possibilities.
Here’s a beautiful fabric – lots of nice brown in it, which has a little bit of sparkle. I think the trim should reflect this special quality of the fabric– so here are a couple of good trim choices. Sometimes a trim is lavish enough to stand on its own with out buttons, which might be the case here.
I think this one is too subtle; plus, it’s got a bit of a greenish cast to it. And while a trim can sometimes introduce a new color to the mix, I don’t think it works in this case.
Here are some trims for this black and white tweed – I like the two of them stacked together. These are often busy fabrics, and sometimes you need a bigger impact than that given by a single trim.
This is a classic – the nubs on the fabric are echoed by the nubs on the trim; and the buttons sort of continue the theme.
Self fringe is another way to go and interestingly, the warp fringe can be different from the weft fringe, so it’s worth examining both. Layering them can help, too; Sometimes a single layer is a little flimsy. And, although this trim looks to be the jacket fabric, it was in fact a purchased trim. Initially it was much longer, but it looked a little unkempt; I gave it a trim, and…
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