High Fashion, College Wallet Chanel F/W 2015

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For Spring/Summer 2013, a runway centered around a massive globe and true to size wind turbines Last year’s Fall/Winter 2014 runway was a grocery store, stocked with aisles of specially made Chanel groceries.. Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2015 remained true to its uniquely inventive runway backdrop. This year, it was a Chanel Brasserie staffed by baristas and lined by cozy booth alcoves and cafe tables. It is hard to say what is more ingenious, the clothes or the runway they are showcased on. This season was filled with classic tweed jackets, updated Chanel suits, and the expected feminine air.

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While Chanel price points fall at a minimum of $1200, this day time to dinner date ensemble can be easily replicated for a college student’s budget. Each individual piece can be mixed and matched with other pieces that already exist in your wardrobe.

The front zip blouse from Zara ($50) is an affordable version of the base to this Chanel runway look. Tucked into Zara’s navy jacquard box print midi skirt ($50), it exudes an air of chicness and professionalism.

Next, the look is slimmed and cinched by a belt — opt for  Zara jewled version ($40). To help this look transition from fall to winter, while remaining delicate, an open coat is layered over the top and skirt combo. Forever 21 offers an affordable Tweed coat option for $45.

For a day look, these Vince Camuto daily leather espadrille flats ($98) are the perfect comfort shoe choice due to the amount of walking New York college students do. If looking to wear this look at night, simply swap the flats for a strappy heel.

The look is completed with equally dainty accessory pieces.  The jeweled belt can be complemented with BaubleBar’s ‘Sundial’ chain bib necklace ($58). Francesca’s Heidi Scallop Headband in Black ($14) makes the classic pony more sophisticated and Forever 21’s Embossed Zipper Clutch will fit all your daily necessities while adding a nice contrast of texture to the overall look.

Gabriella Bower is the Violet Vision Editor. Email her at gbower@nyunews.com.

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