Style Inspiration: Chloé

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Four high-street looks inspired by Chloé

and how to get the Chloé look

Chloé is the perfect inspiration for summer style… When I think of the French fashion house, I think of lazy summer picnics in fields, basking in golden rays. I think of floaty seventies dresses with big sleeves and Chloé’s SS17 runway collection was confirmation of this… The Chloé bracelet Nile bag is this season’s ‘it’ piece; thankfully the high-street have given us some great (less expensive) alternatives to follow the trend. Good luck getting the real deal if you’re after this bag, ‘cos it’s always sold out! (Last time I checked there’s just one available on Farfetch here!) Mango has some great pieces in at the moment which look more high-end than high-street, like their Nile inspired bag. Just compare them – they’re not identical but it has the same effect:

Clare Waight-Keller (Creative Director of Chloé at the time – now at Givenchy) said that she wanted Chloé ‘to feel French again‘.

There’s always been that bohemia about Chloé which is so linked to festival culture, the idea of being a free spirit. –Clare Waight-Keller

So, we already know it’s about being free, floaty and French… alors, just follow these tips and imagine you’re popping out to the boulangerie for some fresh pain-au-chocolat, et voilàand you’ve nailed the look!

  1. Colours

    The palette was kept fresh, simple and elegant, with just a pop of bright colour. Hues of white, pink, nude, cream and navy dominated the collection, with a few dashes of red and yellow, for a classic French feel. Oh, and throw in some Breton stripes in there too. Hannah wearing nude coloured culottes with slit in the side with a striped navy knitted jumper with over-sized flared sleevesHannah Gladwin wearing Asos nude culottes with side splits, with barely there white heeled sandals, with an over-sized navy knitted jumper with large sleeves, holding a cream Mango bag by its gold ring.

    Culottes: Asos | Sweater: Mango (out of stock) similar: Mango | Bag: Mango | Heels: Asos
  2. Silhouette

    Think back to the romantic loose-fitting dresses of the seventies. Tailoring was over-sized, the shirts and blouses featuring volumes of cotton fabric and fluted sleeves draping over high-waisted flared culottes and palazzo pants. But, keep everything short: make sure skirts and trousers lift off the floor and aren’t too long. Think of a French sailor. Ahoy!

    Hannah Gladwin wearing Asos nude culottes with side splits, with barely there white heeled sandals, with an over-sized navy knitted jumper with large sleeves, holding a cream Mango bag by its gold ring.Culottes: Asos | Sweater: Mango (out of stock) similar: Mango | Bag: Mango | Heels: Asos

    Hannah Gladwin wearing Asos River Island blush pink dobby dress with tiered chiffon and lace, holding the Mango bagDress: River Island at Asos | Bag: Mango | Sandals: Asos

  3. Texture

    Dresses are pleated with with lots of voluminous tiered chiffon and trimmed in lace, whilst the shirting featured delicate pin-tuck pleats, whilst sleeves were adorned with big bows and cotton ties hanging loose.

    Hannah wearing Asos River Island blush pink dobby dress with tiered chiffon and lace, holding the Mango bagDress: River Island at Asos | Bag: Mango | Sandals: Asos Hannah wearing Mango over-sized cream shirt with bows hanging down with khaki baggy shorts in a field on a sunny day.Hannah wearing Mango over-sized cream shirt with bows hanging down with khaki baggy shorts in a field on a sunny day.

    Shirt: Mango | Shorts: Matalan in store. Similar: New LookBag: Mango
  4. Simplicity

    Keep accessories, makeup and hair pared back. The trick with this look is not to be too over-done. When we think of French fashionistas, simple and sleek comes to mind. I just put on some mascara and a dewey highlighter, mussed up my hair for some je ne sais quoi! The Nile bag with the plain gold hoop is the statement here and acts as your jewellery to bring everything together. You want to look like ‘I just threw this on before I walked out the door, but it looks put-together and stylish AF‘.

    Hannah in a pleated and floaty yellow dress that comes just above the knee with barely there white heeled sandals with cream Mango bag with gold handle

    Hannah in a pleated and floaty yellow dress that comes just above the knee with barely there white heeled sandals with cream Mango bag with gold handleHannah in a pleated and floaty yellow dress that comes just above the knee with barely there white heeled sandals with cream Mango bag with gold handleDress: Asos (out of stock) similar: Asos | Bag: Mango | Heels: Asos

  5. The bag and shoes

    Along the same lines as the last point… The bag and shoes should make a statement, but remain simple. A sleek barely-there sandal was what the shoes were all about on the Chloé runway. This bag from Mango is the perfect dupe for the Nile bag and still has the same impact, in fact, ever since I bought this bag, I’ve seen it featured everywhere! #Trending!

“The heel hasn’t felt right for a while,” said Waight-Keller, confirming what so many women have always thought… “but it does feel right now.”  She said she had designed the high-waisted trousers that she included in the collection to taper in at the ankle enabling the new 8cm heeled sandal from the collection to be fully appreciated: “Because” she emphasised, “The [high] heel is so important.”

Clare Waight-Keller

Mango cream ecru bag - dupe for the Chloé Nile BagHannah in a pleated and floaty yellow dress that comes just above the knee with barely there white heeled sandals with cream Mango bag with gold handleHannah wearing Mango over-sized cream shirt with bows hanging down with khaki baggy shorts in a field on a sunny day.

What do you think about these looks and will you want to try it out? Would love to read some of your comments!

If you liked this post, you might want to read my first Style Inspiration post on GUCCI.

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13 Comments

    1. I would recommend the Mango bag – it’s a great alternative and pretty handy actually! Thanks for reading x

  1. I LOVE Chloe bags, but they’re so expensive! Eek. The cheaper Mango alternative looks and sounds just perfect.

    Louise x

    1. Thank you Megan! I do love this bag!
      Can’t take the credit for the photos though, that was my sister 🙂
      X

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