1970s Chanel Wool Gaucho Pant Suit

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the early years of her professional career, which began around 1910, Gabrielle Chanel introduced women to jersey, a fabric that hitherto had been used for men's underwear, and made it chic. She cultivated an elegant style from materials that were considered  'poor', but savvy Coco always charged a fortune for her creations, and so they remain dateless collectibles even today.  This outfit consists of a pair of black wool jersey gauchos and a short olive-khaki and black striped fine wool flannel jacket. The jacket is double-breasted with two pair of gold buttons in front, and three at each cuff, with a black wool knit collar, and a patch pocket just above either hipbone. The gaucho pants have a full leg, a smooth back side, and button closure at either side of the waist.  A little flap coin pocket sits at each front hip, with slanted side pockets at either hip. Both pieces are lined in black silk crepe de chine.  The left pocket of the gaucho is missing its gold button, and tends to look like the pocket is casually unbuttoned.  Since we like things that look a little 'undone', we'd just leave it as it is and  forget about it. Jacket measures bust 38",waist 36", hip 38", shoulder 16", sleeve 24", length 21". Gaucho measures waist 26", hip 41", inseam 17.5", total length 31". Aside from the awol button, both pieces are in excellent condition.  $795