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Fall/Winter Haute Couture fashion week is well underway, and among the lavish, avante-garde creations floating down the runways, we’ve picked out some totally wearable (and sewable!) looks from Chanel.

This years couture collections celebrate a curvy silhouette with full, voluminous skirts and accentuated waistlines. Skin-tight skirts are few and far between while romantic looks pulled straight from the 18th century point fall fashions in a graceful, feminine direction.

It’s not hard to guess what inspired Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection. It almost felt like a scene from a Pixar movie as the models walked the runways in animated, palace-worthy designs. The collection paid homage to members of the royal court with knightly chainmail tops and gowns fit for a queen.

So, its not everyday you get to wear a crown and a 20-foot long train. But one recurring style in this collection is bound to become a major trend: A full, bell shaped mini skirt worn over bicycle shorts. It’s cute, casual, and perfect for summer as well as fall! Shimmering silvers and golds, all-over glitter, and extravagant embellishments have been a major component of the fall couture collections. But even with the glamorous fabrics, this look isn’t too intimidating for everyday wear.

If your signature style is less red carpet sparkle and more office chic, then you can make this skirt-and-shirt combo look professional and polished with the right fabrics.

Look for lightweight suiting in a soft pastel shade to mimic the signature Chanel look, and sew on white or silver trim for the perfect finish.

Try out this look with either of our Cycling Shorts, Bermuda Shorts or Cuffed Shorts patterns!

Not sure which skirt to pair with the shorts? Here are a few ideas:

Tucked Skirt, Godet Skirt, Ruffled Skirt, Skirt With Front Pleats

If you have any scraps of fabric around, DIY these adorable sandals! Just attach a strip of fabric to a pair of flip flops on each side and tie in a bow…easy! Depending on the material of your sandals, you could use a fabric or leather adhesive to secure the fabric or hand tack the fabric in place with a needle and strong thread.

Have you been following the Fall/Winter 2014 couture fashion week?

Runway Images: Getty

Happy Sewing!


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    Sep 3, 2014, 02.14 PMby CarmenW


    Here is a link for the fall/ winter 2014-15 ready to wear runway.

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    Sep 3, 2014, 02.09 PMby CarmenW

    This is the Haute Couture line 2014. Will you display the Fall/Winter 2014 Chanel line? Haute Couture is artistic versus wearability of fall/winter collection. You can watch both on YouTube and derive the differences.

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    Jul 14, 2014, 04.14 AMby Wondergramma

    The girls in elementary schools around the Twin Cities have been sporting the shorts (or Capri or leggings) under skirts and dresses for a long time. They allow someone to look feminine with a skirt or dress, but okay to do a cartwheel or hang on the jungle gym. Girls and younger women have active lives. I think that the shorts peeking out give these looks a youthful play on sophistication and style with the flexibility to enjoy whatever activities they choose.

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      Jul 14, 2014, 10.14 PMby tika1210

      Just a point and a small one at that, many older women have active lives as well since age isn’t a barrier to activity. I am 51 I run, cycle and swim as well I weight lift twice a week and attend cross fit. I can ride 100 km’s in under 3.5 hours. Just saying.

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    Jul 11, 2014, 07.34 PMby sewing fanatic

    Love all the luxurious fabrics!

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    Jul 11, 2014, 05.28 PMby nouvellegamine

    not loving the shorts under skirts, but everything else is gorgeous. It reminds me of Jackie Kennedy’s White House wardrobe. I love the way the fabric is slightly stiff and holds itself away from the body, like a shell. It’s at once retro 60s (& even farther back to the 16th century) and futuristic (and both if you’ve seen David Lynch’s Dune). I love this silhouette and actually think it’s flattering for a variety of body shapes. When I was a young sprig of a girl, I used to hunt out dresses like this bc they gave me the illusion of curves (which I wanted), and now that I’m middle aged and more of an hourglass shape, I still love this shape. It’s weirdly hyper feminine, but non necessarily “body conscious”. …plus I like swishing my hips and pretending I’m a ringing bell.

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    Jul 11, 2014, 12.03 AMby Dance by the light of the moon

    Love Love Love ! Thank you Burda for this wonderful article

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    Jul 10, 2014, 09.41 PMby purplefan

    Top photo-I am reading the styles as 60s/70s sleeveless dresses trying to look like embellished 90s sandwashed silk dresses.

    The “wedding dress” with gold and white train-some kind of fabulous. Happy for the curvy ladies that can best pull off that look. I don’t see lace/netting=two thumbs up!

    The sparkly fabrics (the colours!)-ooh, BurdaStyle please write about the threads and sewing needles needed to work with these fabrics. Also suggest suitable lining/underlining fabrics for those of us that don’t like the scratchy feeling of metallic threads against skin!

    Shorts under skirts-I’d be tempted to have matching microfiber tights or find some matching quilted nylon fabric to make a warm underskirt. Or better yet, get some finely knitted lingerie to match the skirt! Shorts with the jacket (and no skirt) would be fine for urban wear. Not for cycling-too much! The light gray suit combo is reminding me of the Rihanna picture BurdaStyle posted-she was wearing Chanel’s resort cropped jacket with a skirt featuring a high knit waist. That suit would be fine to see in a future BurdaStyle as well. (Word to Offenberg HQ might help!)

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      Jul 10, 2014, 11.02 PMby Denise Wild

      Thanks for the great ideas! We’ll post some tips for tackling those tricky fabrics. :)

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    Jul 10, 2014, 10.57 AMby Paige Pitcher

    I love the bell dress because it gives hope to us who actually have hips. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for patterns that would accommodate a natural hourglass shape and the person with a full natural hourglass figure would be able to fill out that first gown beautifully and more naturally than a runway model could. I’m sure this design is also exaggerated for the show. Shorts under the skirt….no. Makes me think of junior high and having to wear shorts under a skirt because a sudden growth spurt made the skirt too short. Lengthen the skirt or add an extending slip. I am overall pleased with this collection and I LOVE fashion week.

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    Jul 10, 2014, 10.07 AMby SewCassie

    Each item on its own has charm, but the combinations are all wrong. the bell skirts distort the body’s shape, and the shorts poking out under the skirts makes the models look short and blocky. I do however love the dresses in the first picture, and the fabric choices.

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    Jul 10, 2014, 03.38 AMby purplegoat

    For those of you old enough to remember Demi Moore at the Oscars in 1989 (if you’re not google it!) you will know that bike pants under a skirt are a NO. I don’t care if Chanel is doing it – its a NO NO NO!

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      Jul 10, 2014, 05.12 AMby tika1210

      I’m with you this is not cute (it was pretty horrible the first time round) and it doesn’t matter that Chanel is doing it; it’s fugly.
      With this look Demi Moore made it on to the 10 Worst Oscar Dresses of all time.

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      Jul 10, 2014, 10.52 AMby Paige Pitcher

      I agree with you there. It was a thing in the late 80’s in my junior high school and I always think of those years when I see it. (shudder). I have seen an extending slip that would look much better.

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      Jul 10, 2014, 11.46 AMby sophie11

      Demi Moore’s 1989 oscars dress was SO bad!!! but don’t forget Mullet dresses (short front, long back so you can see all the seam work) made it big then too !!! YUCK YUCK YUCK! I think always dress to your shape and you will look lovely!

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      Jul 11, 2014, 06.02 PMby Forlorat

      I do like the shorts under the dresses/tunics. As the Chanels shorts are nothing like the ones Demis bike pants, and so much more in harmony with the other garments, I think the comparison is a bit unfair.

      And shorts under dress for fall/winter sounds like a perfection option for us who live in a very cold fall and winter climate. :)

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    Jul 10, 2014, 01.15 AMby Ashley Thornton

    In in love with these sandals

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      Jul 10, 2014, 02.10 PMby MegH

      I agree these sandals are awesome!

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