I think there are very few fashion-aholics who don’t have a soft spot for Chanel.  It is the holy grail of the fashion world and Karl Lagerfeld has become a Messiah.  After 35 years at the helm as Creative Director, he has been responsible for more trends then I’ve had manicures!

The downside to this heavenly brand are the hellish price tags.  Every time I blink the prices seem to go up, making it less and less attainable.  This is exactly why the preloved Chanel market has become so buoyant.  Even a discount of 20% on a preowned handbag can be in the region of £600+, which is a sizable saving.



Whenever anyone speaks about which luxury brands retain their value the most, Chanel always seems to be top of the list.  However, this tends to be true of handbags, small leather goods and accessories.  Surprisingly, it is less so of ready-to-wear.

In this post, I’m going to share everything I know about preloved Chanel ready to wear, including WHY it’s worth buying, WHERE to buy it and WHAT to buy.



Personally, if I had the choice between a Chanel jacket or Chanel bag, I would choose the jacket every time.  Although, if their handbag prices are out of reach then the clothing may as well be in another galaxy.  I can’t ever imagine myself walking into a boutique and dropping £5000 on an item of clothing.

Having said that, I actually have 5 pieces of Chanel ready-to-wear in my wardrobe.  How?  They’ve all been bought preloved.  The amazing thing about preloved ready-to-wear is it doesn’t hold its value anywhere near as much as Chanel handbags.  In fact, if you know where to look you can pick up a Chanel tweed jacket for as little as £300-£400.



The other great secret about Chanel is the quality of their products during the 90s and 00s was MUCH better than it is today.  While you might be buying a preloved jacket/dress/suit which is nearing 20 years old, the impeccable quality and craftsmanship ensures it’s still completely wearable.



I have two favourite boutiques I go to for an incredible selection of preloved Chanel.  The first will come as no surprise, as I’ve done an entire blogpost about this first store (catch it HERE).

Sign of the Times in London has some of the best pieces of Chanel clothing I’ve ever seen.  This grey jacket is my most recent Chanel purchases from them.



For those that aren’t a fan of vintage then Sign of the Times is the place for you.  This is because nearly all of their of Chanel stock is new or like new.  For example, this jacket was brand new with tags when I bought it.  I paid £1150 for it, so it wasn’t super cheap but compared to what it would have retailed for it was a steal.



The other shop I recommend is Decades in LA.  Their selection of Chanel is second to none.  They have rails and rails of it! Unlike Sign of the Times, they have a lot more pieces which are obviously worn, so you do need to check pieces over for holes, stains and general wear and tear.  I would also say they are on the pricier side.  However, Chanel has always been more expensive in American than Europe so this might just be a reflection of that.  You can see what I purchased last time I was there HERE & HERE.

Vestiaire Collective also has a huge selection of Chanel ready-to-wear.  However, if you’re new to buying Chanel clothes I would try and stick to purchasing from dress agencies and preloved stores.  The truth is, when it comes to Chanel, it’s all about the cut and you can never tell how it’s going to fit until you try it on.



Finally, deciding what to buy is a huge consideration.  If like me, your Chanel wardrobe is never going to be overly extensive, I would always recommend your first purchase to be a tweed jacket.

There have been 1000s of Chanel tweed jackets designed over the years, so there’ll definitely be one to suit your style.  The most important thing to get right is the shape.

The best way to establish which shape suits you best is to try as many on as many possible.  Trust me, when you find on “the one” you’ll know immediately.  You’ll almost get that wedding dress feeling.  The jacket will look and feel like it’s made for you and that is the beauty of Chanel ready-to-wear.



I hope this post has been informative and helpful in your quest Chanel ready-to-wear.  If you’re desperate for a piece Chanel in your wardrobe but can’t bring yourself to pay the ridiculous prices, a second hand jacket might be the way to go.  I guarantee you’ll find your perfect Chanel jacket for less money than your perfect Chanel bag.

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  1. jane April 4, 2018 / 4:47 am

    You look so stylishly chic.
    I love that jacket.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much lovely Jane xx

  2. Florentina April 4, 2018 / 8:35 am

    You look fantastic! The choice of the jacket is perfect for this look and I also like very much thefact that you went for a minimal make-up, it goes very well with this outfit!
    Have a fantastic day!

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you Florentina! So lovely that you noticed the makeup, I always try to wear as little as possible! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you xx

  3. Carmen April 4, 2018 / 11:15 am

    Oh dear you are so right – Karl Lagerfeld is fashion himself! Loved this look so much and how you styled this jacket <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Yes, he sooooo is! Thank you for the fab comment hun xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Haha thank you so much! I do have wayyy too many clothes! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Gad you enjoyed the post doll xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you, preloved Chanel is definitely the way to go! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Chanel is definitely the ultimate! xx

  4. Zoe April 4, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Very informative post, so when you say quality was much better years ago do you mean the stuff Chanel makes now isn’t worth the pieces and quality isn’t that good? Thanks!


    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      A lot of their pieces are still hand finished but the quality was better than in the 90s xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you sweetie xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you Sophie xx

  5. Vika April 5, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Looks so interesting) Have a nice weekend)

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks Vike, you too! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you darling xx

  6. Mercy April 6, 2018 / 4:16 am

    I never have a Chanel RTW yet although I was thinking of acquiring a tweed jacket. I would go on a second-hand market too but I didn’t know where to go. Thanks for the guide babe, if I’ll be in London I would def check out this shop. So lucky of you, this grey quilted jacket is gorgeous and it fits you perfectly too.


    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      I think every fashion obsessive has to have a Chanel tweed jacket! I hope you find the perfect one xx

  7. Jessica April 6, 2018 / 4:47 am

    Loving the matching jacket and boots dear. Indeed, Chanel never fails to impress!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Totally, Chanel can’t do anything wrong!! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much darling xx

  8. Lorna April 6, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Hugely helpful! I actually don’t own any Chanel clothes. I have 4 pairs of espadrilles and 2 bags from them, but that’s it. It’s madness how much they keep putting the prices up, I know the last one was extreme and everyone had an uproar about it! I thought Gucci was bad lol, they’ve had 3 since last year and their prices are not way too steep!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Luxury fashion prices are getting totally out of hand in my opinion! That’s why I’m all about buying preloved xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you found it informative and helpful hunny! xx

  9. Marisa Cavaleiro April 7, 2018 / 10:04 am

    Yes, buying second hand is a good option and we can save a lot of money, No one will say that your coat is not new it’s flawless. And it suits you very well. You look modern and chic.


    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s so lovely to hear! xx

  10. Kinga K. April 7, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Nice outfit,you look stunning,great jacket ❤

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you Kinga xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you!! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      You’re such a sweetie, thank you so much xx

  11. Gil Zetbase April 7, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    So trendy look!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      It really is, that’s why preloved is the way to go xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much hun xx

  12. Susie April 8, 2018 / 8:26 am

    That detailing on the jacket is so beautiful – your blog is so beautiful by the way 🙂


    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      That’s so kind of you, thank you SO much!! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much hunny xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:12 pm

      Haha thank you sweetie xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:12 pm

      Awww thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      So glad you think so hun, that’s great to hear xx

  13. Eva April 8, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    I am also interested in buying preloved Chanel items and this was very helpful.
    Have a good weekend! Greetings, Eva


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      So glad this was helpful hun! Hope you get yourself some preloved Chanel RTW soon!! xx

    • thatnewd April 20, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you hun xx

  14. Missy May April 8, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Thanks for the information. The prices of these designer brands puts me off liking them to be honest. I can’t afford them and even if I could, I would rather go on holiday than buy something from them. Lol!! In other words, you look good Dominique. Nice jacket!


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      Fair play hun! Everyone likes to spend their money in different ways. I usually forgo holidays for fashion xx

  15. Pentené April 9, 2018 / 7:54 am

    That jacket is beautiful! I never owned anything Chanel, but I agree that they have beautiful pieces. I would definitely rock this jacket. It’s very fancy. You are wearing it very well too love.


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  16. Vivian April 9, 2018 / 11:55 am

    If I’m really being honest, I’m not crazy about Chanel. I agree, they do have beautiful products such as the handbags or the jacket that you are wearing here, but I won’t see myself purchasing a Chanel bag or a clothing piece. However, I do own a few Chanel lipsticks (does that count? :P) hahaha.. You look beautiful in this Chanel jacket and I’m happy to hear that you paid less for it! It’s a steal indeed 🙂

    Hope you are having a great week so far, Dom!

    Vivian x


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:18 pm

      Haha, yes that definitely counts! Hope you had a good week too xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you Olivia xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Awww you’re so lovely, thank you hun xx

  17. Anne April 9, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Love your jacket sweety, so perfect

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you Anne xx

  18. Didier April 9, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    OMG that jacket is so good! I definitely love designer ready to wear and you’re right, unfortunately it doesn’t really retain as much value as accessories. Which makes it awesome when you go to a consignment store!


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      I am all about buying RTW preloved, it can be such a bargain! xx

  19. yuka April 9, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    that jacket is so gorgeous! I can’t say I own any chanel myself but thanks for breaking it down on where to go for the steals!


    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      No worries, hope it was interesting hun xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Oooh I hope you do find one and share it on the blog!! xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you hun! I’ve worn those boots to death xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      You’re too sweet, thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd April 22, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      It is super expensive, that’s why I’m all about buying preloved xx

    • thatnewd May 3, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      So sweet, thank you hun xx

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