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How to Get Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit without Burning through your Credit Card

Chic and Cheap: How to Create Your Own Pink Chanel Suit with fancy buttons!


Are you a fan of Jackie Kennedy's iconic pink Chanel suit, but don't want to break the bank to own it? We've got just the solution for you! By using decorative buttons, specifically camellia buttons, you can easily recreate the look and feel of her famous suit without spending a fortune.

Decorative buttons add a unique touch to any piece of clothing or accessory. Camellia buttons in particular are often associated with Chanel and their signature flower motif. These buttons can be used to elevate any outfit and give it that classic Chanel vibe. In this article, we'll show you how to use decorative buttons to create your own version of Jackie Kennedy's legendary pink suit – all while staying within your budget!




Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit

The suit we’re going to be talking about recreating today is an iconic piece, ingrained in U.S. history: Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit.

This suit is a light pink set made from textured boucle fabric. It included a basic skirt with a short, double-breasted jacket with navy lapels and a double row of gold-centered buttons.

While Jackie Kennedy had worn this particular suit several times before, it really became famous when she wore it on the fateful day of November 22, 1963, when her husband, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With her husband’s blood splashed across the fabric, Jackie decided not to clean the blood from the suit, and it has become a symbol of her strength during unthinkable tragedy.

How to Create a Chanel-Inspired Suit

There are two methods you could use to recreate Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink Chanel suit. The easier method would be to start with a similar suit and alter it to get it as close to the original as possible. The second method would be sewing your own lookalike suit – this is much more time consuming and requires more skill, but you have more ability to customize the suit, so can get a more similar result.

How to Create a Chanel-Inspired Suit from a Thrifted Suit

Let’s start with the easier method. If you don’t have much experience with sewing, or just don’t want to spend weeks sewing one suit, this is the section for you!

Find a suit as a base for your Chanel-inspired DIY

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First, find a suit in a similar fabric and color. If you can get one with a silhouette like the original, even better, but the sizing and tailoring can be altered, while the fabric cannot be. So, if in doubt, go with the better color and fabric texture match!

To find your suit, first check out all your local thrift stores. This suit is a unique color, so you may have to go back to the thrift shops periodically for a while until you’re able to find something that will work.

If the thrift shops just really aren’t coming through for you, it’s time to start looking online! You can check online secondhand clothing stores like thredUP or Depop. You can also check sites like Etsy and Ebay, they often have a great selection of vintage and thrifted items.

Alter your suit to get the right silhouette

Once you’ve found the suit with the perfect fabric in that gorgeous strawberry pink – it’s time to make it look more like Jackie Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit.

First, print out a couple pictures of the original suit from a few different angles so that you can compare the fit of your suit to Jackie Kennedy’s suit. As you compare, make a list of the items that need adjusted. For example, does the suit jacket need shortened? Maybe the skirt needs some volume taken out? Whatever it is, make a list – but remember to keep it achievable with your skill level. If you’re not very experienced with sewing, try to stick with simple alterations.

Here is a helpful guide to some common alterations for suit jackets.

Add the Chanel-inspired buttons

Finally, you can’t have your Chanel-inspired pink suit without some fancy lookalike buttons! Remove the existing buttons from the suit with a seam ripper or thread snips. Next, sew on some Chanel-inspired buttons to the same locations you just removed the old ones from.

We have a few great options for Chanel-inspired buttons here!

How to Sew a Chanel Inspired Suit

If you want to get a more similar look to the original pink Chanel suit, the best option is to sew the suit yourself. If you’ve never made a suit before, this may sound overwhelming – and I have to admit, sewing a suit is technical and time-consuming. However, if you take it slow and complete each step carefully, it is achievable, even for an intermediate (or very advanced beginner) sewer.

Sewing patterns to make a Chanel-inspired suit

First, you’ll have to choose a sewing pattern. Try to choose one that is as similar as possible to the original, but remember that since you’re sewing it yourself, you can alter the fit and style of the pattern before sewing. You may need to find a vintage pattern to get a similar style of suit set, or you could choose one pattern for the jacket and another for the skirt.

Fabrics to make a Chanel-inspired suit

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You’ll also need to find a similar fabric to create your suit (and don’t forget to also purchase a lining fabric and interfacing).

Here are a few great fabric options to get you started in your fabric-hunt:

Sew your Chanel-inspired suit (and don’t forget the buttons!)

Finally, sew up your beautiful Chanel-inspired pink suit! Take it slow, savor the process, and of course, don’t forget the buttons!

We have some gorgeous Chanel-inspired buttons for your new suit here.

Real Chanel Buttons vs Fake Chanel Buttons vs Chanel-Inspired Buttons

We’ve got one more thing we need to discuss before you go out and create your wonderfully iconic Chanel-inspired pink suit – let’s talk buttons.

It’s important to remember that the buttons we sell are Chanel-inspired, not real Chanel, and not fake Chanel. If you’re looking to use authentic Chanel buttons on your suit, keep in mind that you will be paying for it! Coco Chanel never made buttons to sell individually, all of her buttons were made specifically for the garments she sold in her fashion line. So, authentic buttons are rare (and expensive) since they were all removed from real Chanel garments to be resold.

Here is a great resource for recognizing authentic Chanel buttons


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In conclusion, owning a piece of fashion history like Jackie Kennedy's iconic pink Chanel suit doesn't have to come at a hefty price tag. With some creativity and DIY skills, you can easily recreate the look with the help of fancy buttons and a basic suit. By adding these unique accessories, you can elevate your wardrobe and make a statement without breaking the bank. So why wait? Start creating your own version of this classic look today!




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