Timeless Style: Chanel Chevron Chic Flap Bag, Grey Trousers, Plum Cardigan, Ruffle Ivory Blouse OOTD / Classic Luxury

Chanel Chevron Chic Bag, Grey Pants, Ruffle Top, Plum Cardigan OOTD blog

(ABOVE) I love the darker, rich jewel tones of fall and winter,  especially the burgundy tones. This season, it’s  plum, which has a bit more purple in it.

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December 5, 2023, 2023 / Video Post Notes


This Year’s Burgundy

Now that we are officially in fall, I am enjoying wearing all the darker, deeper colors. Two favorites are slate grey and burgundy, and I especially love them together. This year’s burgundy has more purple than red in it, and it’s called plum. If you don’t already have items in this color, you might consider adding it to your wardrobe. I think it’s very regal and elegant.

The Chanel Chevron Chic Flap Bag

My handbag is the Chanel Chevron Chic Flap Bag in the small size. I bought it at our local Chanel in Saks Fifth Avenue in 2018. I think that was the first year it came out, and then it was brought back in 2019. After that, I didn’t see it again, so I’m glad I got it when I did. It’s similar to the Chanel Coco Handle that came out in 2017; both are a trapezoid shape and have a flap much like the Chanel Classic Flap Bag. Unlike the Classic Flap, both also have a top handle. However, the Chevron Chic has  chevron-quilted grained leather, rather than a diamond-quilted caviar leather, and it’s also a slimmer silhouette than the Coco Handle, which has much puffier quilting.

What really convinced me to purchase the Chevron Chic bag, in the end, was the adjustable, detachable shoulder strap. At the time, I don’t believe the Coco Handle had a removable shoulder strap, let alone one that was adjustable; nor did (or does) the Classic Flap. Plus, neither the Coco Handle nor Classic Flap straps were long enough to be worn crossbody. I wanted to be able to wear my bag crossbody–and the Chevron Chic bag offered me that; and, I also liked the generous amount of gold hardware on the Chevron Chic bag.

Later, Chanel introduced the smaller Coco Handle, which they called the Extra Mini, and it included a longer, detachable shoulder strap. I fell in love with that bag and later did purchase it. (as well as the Classic Flap). You can see me carrying the Coco Handle in my last post. Today, Chanel calls this the Mini Coco Handle, and the next size up is called a Small Coco Handle. Why they changed the names of the bags baffles me, but it seems to be common practice at several luxury brands (including Prada).

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Scroll down the page and you will see my outfits and links to what I’m wearing and carrying in my handbag. If you want to know details about each of the items I’m wearing, you might want to watch my video at the end of this blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post today, and happy holidays!

~ Janis

Janis Lyn Johnson
Classic-Style Lover. Happily Married. Born in 1960. Fan of Understated, Timeless Fashion and Healthy Living.

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Vlog: Fendi Selleria Mini Peekaboo, Tan Tunic Sweater, White Jeans OOTD; Lunch The 239, Naples, FL
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Timeless Fashion: 10 Classic Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
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Scenes From The Video

What I Wore

timeless chanel black chevron chic bag, grey trousers, ruffle blouse, plum cardigan 2

timeless chanel black chevron chic bag, grey trousers, ruffle blouse, plum cardigan 1

timeless chanel black chevron chic bag, grey trousers, ruffle blouse, plum cardigan 4

(ABOVE) These Talbots Side-Zip Trousers are so comfortable, and I love this color of slate grey. I’m wearing a size 4 in misses, but they also are available in petites.  Ann Taylor also has some pretty and very similar Grey Size-Zip Trousers. I almost bought them but then stopped myself, because they were so similar to the Talbots trousers you see here.

ann taylor rhinestone embellished plum cardigan

Plum Cardigan With Rhinestones

Cashmere Crewneck Cardigan by JENNIE LIU

Plum Cashmere Cardigan

jennie liu womens cashmere crewneck cardigan, berry

Berry Cashmere Cardigan

brooks brothers silk georgette ruffled blouse, winter white

Winter White Ruffled Silk Georgette Blouse

talbots chatham ankle pants - sharkskin

Talbots Grey Side-Zip Trousers, I’m wearing size 4, misses (also available in petites)

ann taylor side-zip ankle pant in bi-stretch, dark grey

Ann Taylor Grey Side-Zip Trousers

chanel caviar quilted mini coco handle flap back, fashionphile

Chanel Mini Coco Handle Bag (preloved); similar, more affordable here)

coach sadie slingback pump, gold decoration

Coach Leather Slingback Pumps

sam edelman hazel pointed toe pump

Sam Edelman Leather Pointed-Toe Pump

timeless style, cartier tank watch, cultured freshwater pearl necklace, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) I bought this AAA-Quality White Freshwater Pearl Necklace from The Pearl Source. I think the 16-inch length in the 9-10 mm size is perfect for everyday wear. I also have my eye on this 11-12mm, AAA -Quality White Freshwater Pearl Necklace. So pretty! My husband purchased this Small Cartier Tank Watch in 2018 at Cartier-certified seller Tourneau in Waterside Shops, for my 58th birthday present. My watch was new, however Tourneau also offers preloved Cartier watches, and the Cartier Tank is a timeless classic that has been popular since it first was introduced in 1919.

the pearl source aaa quality white freshwater cultured pearl necklace, 16 inches, 14k yellow gold clasp

9-10 mm, AAA-Quality White Freshwater Pearl Necklace, 16″ Length

the pearl source 11-12mm AAA Quality White Freshwater Pearl Necklace

11-12mm, AAA-Quality White Freshwater Pearl Necklace, 16″ Length

cartier-small-18k-yellow-gold-tank-watch-black alligator-strap

 Cartier 18k Gold Tank Watch, Small (preloved, Fashionphile)

seiko classic tank watch, black leather strap

Seiko Classic Tank Watch

warby parker jet-black sunglasses, worn by influencer janis lyn johnson

(ABOVE & BELOW) I have these sunglasses in Jet Black and also in Butterscotch Tortoise (see both on bottom row of photograph below). What I like about shopping on this site is that I have a choice of frame color, lens color, and also width–narrow, medium, or wide. (I chose narrow.) You can see me wearing the Butterscotch Tortoise Sunglasses here.

classic style over 50 warby parker butler sunglasses, get black

Black Sunglasses (choice of frame color and also choice of width—narrow, medium, wide)


Inside My Handbag

chanel black chevron chic top-handle bag, classic-style influencer janis lyn johnson

(ABOVE) The Chanel Chevron Chic Bag, size small, purchased April 9, 2018, at the Chanel boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples, Florida. This was the first Chanel bag I bought brand-new. (I purchased my first Chanel bag pre-loved, in 2009, and I still have and love that Barbie-pink, caviar-leather shoulder bag today. See it here.) For preloved Chanel chevron-leather bags, visit Fashionphile. For additional choices, see these similar more affordable Top-Handle Bags.

chanel caviar quilted mini coco handle flap back, fashionphile

Chanel Mini Coco Handle Bag (preloved; similar, more affordable here)

tory burch top-zip card case

Tory Burch Top-Zip Card Case

Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau De Purse-size Parfum Spray, JLJBackToClassic

(ABOVE) In today’s post, I’m wearing Christian Dior’s Miss Dior perfume (Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue). This particular spray bottle came in a gift set in February 2023. Dior’s Miss Dior and Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle (Saks Fifth Avenue) are the fragrances I currently wear. If you like perfumes that have a feminine floral scent, you might consider either one. I love them both.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense Mini Twist Spray, 3 x .2 FL OZ or .7 FL OZjpg

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray

christian dior miss dior eau de parfum, .7 oz roller pearl

Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, .7 oz Roller Pearl

chanel dual-sided compact mirror, grandfluencer janis lyn johnson


Chanel Dual-Sided Mirror with Pouch (pouch not shown in this photo)

chanel dual-sided mirror compact, grandfluencer janis lyn johnson

mark and graham tassel zip pouch, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) This Leather Tassel-Zipper Cosmetic Pouch is handy for my smaller bags, but it also comes in a larger size. I had mine monogrammed. In the photo above I’m also holding the Retractable Dual-Ended Lip Brush, which I always carry with me. (I keep a second one on my makeup table at home.)

mark&graham small leather tassel-zipper pouch colors available

Leather Tassel-Zipper Cosmetic Pouch ( can be monogrammed)


Retractable Dual-Ended Lip Brush

black pebbled faux-leather purse-size tissue pouch, influencer jljbacktoclassic

black faux pebbled leather tissue pouch for purse

Faux Pebbled-Leather Tissue Pouch for Purse (more colors here)

in my handbag, black faux chevron-quilted leather key pouch, janis lyn johnson

daisy rose faux leather quilted key pouch, black, gold hardware

Faux-Leather Quilted Key Pouch (Amazon, Walmart)

clean classic beauty over 60, gabriel powder foundation, janis lyn johnson

(ABOVE) The makeup I’m wearing is from clean-beauty brands. See all the products below.

gabriel dual powder fundation, bamboo, a light to medium beige:neutral undertones

Gabriel Powder Foundation, Light Beige/Bamboo (GabrielAmazon)

mineral fusion lipstick, ruby

Mineral Fusion Lipstick, Ruby


Retractable Dual-Ended Lip Brush


Gabriel Powder Blush, Willow (Gabriel, Amazon)


Gabriel Eyeshadow, Charcoal Grey (Gabriel, Amazon)


Honest Beauty Primer & Mascara, Black (AmazonUltaTargetWalmart)


RMS Beauty Unpowder Powder (to set eyeshadow/liner; QVC, AmazonNordstrom)


Triple Purified, 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly (applied to cuticles and to cheeks and cheekbones as highlighter)

four-ounce leak-proof glass bottle for carrying own salad dressing jljbacktoclassic

4-oz Glass Leak-Proof Bottle (for my salad dressing I carry with me)


Nylon Zip Cosmetic Case (for my salad dressing bottle, above)

canvas tote bags, pair of 2, from CVNDKN Store

Canvas Shopping Bag (for my salad dressing pouch, umbrella, rain shoes, etc.)


YouTube Video

(ABOVE) If you are seeing this message, then I have published the video and it should be appearing above. However, if for some reason the video isn’t appearing above–and you have refreshed your page and cleared your cache–you also can view the video at my JLJ Back To Classic Channel on YouTube.

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Janis Lyn Johnson is a happily married, 1960-born fan of timeless style and healthy living.


  1. Christy December 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis, you are so beautiful and your hands! Wow how do you care for them? As I grow older( yeah) I have many more severe reactions to new products. Have you been lucky using pure lines? My eyes! I don’t wear mascara any more and I look a bit pale. You are organized! I sadly am not I am getting rid of clothes as I watch you. I love your style. Last time when you had your hair down wow I told you you look like a movie star and reds and plums look great against your skin! Thank you for all the tips! Merry Christmas!

    • JLJ December 10, 2023 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Hi, Christy! I think a major factor in keeping my hands and nails looking decent is that I wear gloves when I do any cleaning. I wash dishes three times a day and always wear gloves to protect my hands and nails from the water. Regarding the pure lines I’ve used: I, too, developed allergies/intolerances during the last several years and have had to look for alternatives. I’m still looking, as a matter of fact. I’m not satisfied with what I’ve tried so far. So right now I’m using several different skin products. As for makeup, I’m still using the same makeup lines I’ve talked about in the past. Most are powder based (except for lipsticks and a few lip and cheek tints and of course mascara). I find I have much better luck with powder makeup–I don’t have allergic reactions. Liquid and cream makeup causes irritation or rashes. Have you tried the Pacifica Mascara, the one that isn’t waterproof? I have wonderful results with it and the Honest Beauty Mascara, and no reactions. Thank you for your kind compliments. Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry, safe Christmas. 🙂

  2. Claudia Fenner December 6, 2023 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Hi Janis!
    I just LOVE your jingly jangly mid century charm bracelet. Such a treasure.. even more of a treasure as it makes you think of your Dad and his work travels. What a sweet idea that he brought back charms for his mom.. so thoughtful.
    I have 3 vintage charms bracelets as well that I bought about 20 years ago and filled with vintage charms that had meaning for me. It was such a fun “treasure hunt.” A lot of them I actually bought in Florida because there is an abundance of estate jewelry there. Lots on Ebay too.
    You have inspired me to start wearing the bracelets again.. thanks!
    Happy Holidays!

    • JLJ December 10, 2023 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Claudia, I’m so happy you have been inspired to wear your charm bracelets again. That is wonderful! Wishing you happy and safe holidays, too! 🙂

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