When she’s looking to give her style a dose of quiet luxury, the Princess of Wales often turns to Chanel. Specializing in women’s ready-to-wear clothing, luxury goods and accessories, the Parisian haute couture fashion house is celebrated for its fragrances, fine jewelry and fashions. The princess has recently embraced the luxe label for its statement handbags which define its ladylike and refined aesthetic.
Princess Kate is especially drawn to the brand’s iconic quilted wallets and handbags which feature Chanel’s instantly recognizable interlocking and opposing capital C letters. Representing its eternally chic and classic allure, the bold mirroring interlaced ‘C’s — show off Chanel’s fanciful and feminine heritage as its logotype exudes elegance, sophistication, geometric glamour and modernity. Thus, it’s easy to see why the princess is drawn to this high-end label and its captivating Parisian charm.
Here are Kate Middleton’s Favorite Clothing and Accessories from Chanel:
Chanel 1995 Trimmed Double Breasted Jacket in Cobalt Blue
A jewel toned jacket circa 1995, Kate’s vintage wool-blend bouclé topper has been worn by the princess on only two occasions. Kate paired the bold blue coat with her Roland Mouret ‘Axon’ wide leg black pants for an outing in October 2002 at a Coach Core event. A month later, she did a bit of diplomatic dressing in blue Bostonian colors while visiting Massachusetts for a Celtics basketball game. Famous supermodel Claudia Schiffer was also seen in the tweed topper on the runway in the early 1990s. The ‘Chanel Boutique’ blue tweed jacket originally retailed for $4698.
Chanel Tweed Coatdress
Visiting the City of Light on tour, Kate wore a tweed coat from the designer’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Opting to wear the iconic label to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in March 2017, Kate was ready to show off her sartorial savvy in the fashion capital of the world. The late Princess Diana was also a big fan of Chanel and wore skirt suits, button front dresses, long coats and carried quilted black bags from the label.
Croissants, Coffee and Chanel
Chanel Burgundy Calfskin Bag with Enamel Handle
This quilted burgundy bag has been a royal recycle for the princess on multiple occasions. She carried the decorative enamel handle bag in March 2017 in Paris and a year later she carried the petite bag from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection for Sunday Service at Sandringham in 2018. She also paired the bag with culottes and a Warehouse berry colored pointelle sweater in October 2019 for a museum stop and accessorized a burgundy pantsuit with the statement bag on a trip to Boston in December 2022. The princess likes to tote the Chanel Art Nouvelle Small Flap bag for fall outings and royal tours. While not available in stores, there are consignment shops and thrift boutiques selling maroon colored Chanel bags, though Kate’s patterned ornamental handle purse is still a rare find. Kate’s bag originally retailed for $6,225.
Belt in Bastille
Chanel Black Leather Logo Belt
The princess played Chanel Barbie in Paris wearing this calfskin black leather belt featuring the Chanel trademark logotype — two interwoven capital C letters. Worn only in March 2017, Kate’s designer belt was the perfect finishing touch on her posh Parisian style.
Proving she has what it takes to join the Secret Society of Audrey Hepburn Enthusiasts, Kate wore another accessory by Chanel this time to the National Portrait Gallery. The princess donned her elegant tea party twofer dress by Self-Portrait — the pleated georgette bouclé midi dress in Chanel’s signature black and white colors — was a modest but modern style statement. She carried Chanel’s classic wallet on a chain with the brand’s trademark diamond quilting, CC logo and long silver tone metal strap. The bag retails for $3350.
From Paris with Love
Proving her devotion to all things Coco Chanel, Kate held this new black bag for the first time at the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final Match. The stylish diamond quilted bag is made of smooth lambskin and accented with Chanel’s iconic turnlock CC closure. The bag can be carried as a crossbody as it has a gold tone metal and black leather chain. Kate’s bag retails for $4700.