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Fashionably Out: My little Chanel jacket

We all have that one expensive item we wish to one day own before we sashay away from this glamorous world.

For some people, a pair of Prada shoes to wear in their Sunday’s best. For others, a couple of Hermes bangles for some luxurious arm candy. And though we may not have enough numbers in our bank accounts to splurge on these needs, we can still cross over and make our fantasy a reality.

I know I did.

Ever since the fashion gods cast their blessing upon me, I became obsessed over Chanel’s little black jacket.

A black tweed jacket designed by Coco Chanel in 1916 became an instant success when it was first presented. Every woman wanted or needed a little black jacket. Chanel had achieved a masterpiece that would transcend to our present day, influencing men and women to attach themselves emotionally to statement pieces that would make the wearer feel empowered and chic.

For me, this moment happened over a week ago as I was getting my weekly exercise at the mall. I had initially promised myself that I would not use my debit card during this stylish leg workout, that I was simply going to play dress up and nothing more. Well darlings, if you know me too well, you know this is kind of a Catch-22 for me. But I thought I would at least give it a try.

As I made my way inside Zara, I did my infamous Miranda Priestly impression while going through all of the things I’ve seen the week prior. “No. And I’ve seen all this before,” I murmured as I pursed my lips. And just as I was about to console myself at Nordstrom, something stopped me.

I pulled one in my size out of the stand, asked for a fitting room, and my eyes glistened as my skin found comfort in what I had just tried on. “My little black jacket!” I whispered to myself. And so, darlings, if you put two and two together, you know how this fairytale chapter ends.

Though my recently purchased knit blazer is not exactly black or cost me a fortune, it makes me feel how I think Chanel’s LBJ would! It was a jacket light enough to layer over a tank top for a warm day and tailored perfectly to dress up for a night out. This jacket is as versatile as Karl Lagerfeld’s models who are adorned in that black tweed jacket. I find myself pulling outfits together to style my jacket with, and I love it!

Feeling good about your personal style doesn’t necessarily mean dropping an entire month’s rent on clothes or accessories. It means embracing every single thing that makes you unique, and manifesting that through clothes that make you feel most like yourself.

So now ask yourself, what’s that one thing your heart has been tugging at you for quite some time now? Where could you find it?

You’d be surprised how many stores carry clothes very similar to what one sees on the runway - and for a much more affordable price! As you walk through the mannequins and see the new collections your local mall has, let that item speak to you. It will feel just right if the purchase is meant to be.

Just like my new jacket has, you will develop an emotional connection with that piece. It will make you feel fiercer than Beyonce’s moves during her Super Bowl concert.

Christian Baez is an aspiring stylist, born and raised in San Diego. For business inquiries, he can be reached at Christiankid90@gmail.com or via Twitter @mrchristianbaez.