Nothing makes a person stop in their tracks quite like a Chanel outfit does. There's nothing basic about them. A Chanel outfit is instantly recognizable, and unlike some designer brands at its level, its looks are wearable right off the runway. That explains why it has such a strong celebrity following. Many of the Chanel brand ambassadors and celebrity friends of the brand have been so for years. Chanel never loses its magic.
I thought it would be fun to reminisce a bit, so I sifted through dozens and dozens of Chanel outfits from the past decade and a half and found the most iconic ones. Sure, it's subjective and nearly impossible to narrow it down, but when you see these looks, I don't think you'll disagree.
Scroll on to see the 13 best Chanel outfits of the past decade and a half and shop pieces that give the Chanel aesthetic (since you can't buy real Chanel online).
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Rihanna's modern metallic-tweed look for its iconic supermarket runway show in 2014 included a matching belt bag and sneakers. Perfection.
Olivia Rodrigo, 2021
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Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House last fall in this vintage Chanel suit paired with sky-high platforms, and I may never forget it.
Dakota Johnson, 2015
On the Golden Globes red carpet in 2015, Dakota Johnson wore the strapless dress by itself. She added the matching coat for the after-party, which magically made the already-exquisite look even better.
Margot Robbie, 2021
Brand ambassador Margot Robbie's Chanel trousers and bodysuit provided a breath of fresh air on the red carpet.
Kate Bosworth, 2008
Kate Bosworth wore this beautiful dress for the superhero-themed year at the Met Gala. Zoom in to see how intricate it is.
Jennifer Lopez, 2018
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Jennifer Lopez's flowy white jumpsuit is a '70s dream, and it's the most "J.Lo" Chanel look imaginable.
Lily-Rose Depp, 2020
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Another brand ambassador, Lily-Rose Depp routinely brings her youthful spin to her Chanel looks. Case in point.
Julianne Moore, 2014
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Julianne Moore looks like an angel in this feathered Chanel gown.
Penelope Cruz, 2022
I very much wish for Penelope Cruz's pink minidress to be mine.
Diane Kruger, 2015
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Diane Kruger chose this look straight off the runway, but it almost looks like it was made for her. So good.
Tracee Ellis Ross, 2017
Tracee Ellis Ross's showstopping Chanel gown was surely at the top of every fashion person's best dressed list the night of the 2017 Emmys.
Margaret Qualley, 2022
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Margaret Qualley's angelic look was a standout at the most recent Met Gala. It suited her to a T.
Kristen Stewart, 2022
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Kristen Stewart has worn dozens of Chanel looks over the years as a longtime ambassador for the brand. This one from last month's cruise show is actually one of my favorites. It's sophisticated yet cool. It suited her perfectly.