Coco Taught Me

History reminds us how far we’ve come (and how far we’ve yet to go) concerning societal norms and regulations. A visionary known by the name of Coco Chanel decided to disregard the norm in her time. Her decision dramatically changed the face of fashion….Pants. She had decided to wear pants.

The Chanel brand consistently produces tailored, timeless, classic pieces with elegance. Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel arguably birthed menswear fashion for women and it seems the style is always on trend. Fashion icons Alexa Chung and Janelle Monae inspire me to embrace menswear style whether it be overtly masculine or with feminine flair. I especially appreciate how Janelle Monae finds empowerment in her uncommon self-expression:

“Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message that I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

Her attitude and intentions reflect that of Gabrielle Chanel: The desire to show women as multi-faceted.

I believe myself to be multifaceted in my interests and personhood, but I do not always express that within my style. I aspire to become more comfortable without make-up and opt out of grandiose fanfare every time I go out, so I turned to menswear. To truly embrace this style, I went all the way. I added a pussy bow to a button down shirt and paired it with paper bag pants and platform oxfords. Each piece contained femininity–the slit sleeves, satin material pants, platform shoes–but mainly evoked masculine style. This look is slightly out of my comfort zone. I love wearing dresses and skirts, but I’m grateful to know that I can wear pants and explore my style thanks to one trailblazing woman.


Details: Pussy Bow (DIY) // Button Down Shirt (Thrifted) // Paper Bag Pants (Bar III) // Platform Oxfords (Forever 21)

Book: Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

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  • Lauren July 24, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I love coco Chanel ! I also love your photography! Great post(:

  • Deb Pocica July 24, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Love the look! thanks for sharing the info on Coco! Love her!

  • Josee July 24, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I love it! I actually had no idea about this from coco channel! You totally rock this style girl!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Thank you!!

  • Kanisha Lucille July 24, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Love your style!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 25, 2017 at 1:30 am


  • Kanisha Lucille July 24, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Love your style & writing!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Thank you!

  • Antonia July 24, 2017 at 4:26 am

    What a perfect outfit! Love the feminine details that break up the ‘menswear’ look! You pull it off!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Staci Beth July 24, 2017 at 4:28 am

    One Word for Chanel…Timeless…another word…beautiful!

  • Mary-Ellen July 24, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for sharing about the history of pants for women!

  • jill July 24, 2017 at 4:42 am

    ADORAB;LE outfit. I love the bow you added. I also love Coco

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Chelsea-Rae Sane July 24, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Love this outfit! Wish I could pull off something like this!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you! Give it a try!

  • Mallory July 24, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Girl, all I’ve got to say is…. you’ve got a way with words!!! Snap!!! I wish I had any type of fashion sense, like you!!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Aww, thank you! I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Kelley July 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love the concept of you continuing in the style of Coco and embracing new ideas. I love the merging of the masculine and the feminine! Thoughtful post with rich photography! Bravo!

    • Sydney Nichelle July 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you!!