What to Wear with Chanel Slingbacks

July 24, 2023

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First, back in Spring 2016 I bought my Chanel Ballet Flats. Then, the following year, I invested in the Chanel slingbacks. Ever since then, they have become my most-worn heel thanks to their comfort and versatility.

The Chanel two-tone slingback is iconic and instantly recognizable. The style was first designed back in 1957 by Coco Chanel and designed to be a universally flattering style – something that I think allows these shoes to stand the test of time. The idea behind the design of this shoe initially was to make the foot look smaller and the leg look longer. (Slingbacks themselves date back to the 1930s). 

For the Fall 2015-2016 show, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s original 1957 shoe introducing them into the new collection in a contemporary interpretation that has been popular ever since.

The Two Tone Beige/Black combo I own remains the most popular but every season Chanel also introduces the shoe in a variety of other color and fabric combinations. So if the beige/black duo isn’t for you, there are usually a handful of styles from which you can choose to find something that most suits your personal style. I really find the two tone style so versatile though and it truly compliments my wardrobe of neutrals so well. I think the shoe itself is so elegant and flattering on.

I have found the Chanel Slingback shoes to hold up really well and I have successfully logged tens of thousands of steps in them. I was sure to add a protective sole (as I do for all my favorite investment shoes) and I take them to my tailor from time to time to get them looking new again.

Thanks to the stacked heel there are super comfortable and I typically don’t have an issue with the slingback falling off.

As for sizing guidance, I usually size down half a size in Chanel shoes and I did so with the Chanel Slingbacks as well.

What To Wear With Chanel Slingbacks

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I am always pairing my Chanel Slingbacks is with jeans and a top plus a little jacket. 


My favorite way to wear the Chanel Slingbacks is with dresses.

Work Outfits

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Blazers and little cropped jackets in a variety of patterns, colors and fabrics pair effortlessly with the Chanel Slingbacks.

Chanel Slingback Outfit ideas

I have worn my Chanel Slingbacks countless times and below I am sharing some of my favorite outfit ideas to inspire you on how to wear yours.

Me + Em White Dress

Work Dresses

I love the visual interest the Chanel slingbacks create when paired with a more streamlined work dress. 

Spring Work Outfit

Work Pants

If you have to wear work pants such as culottes or black pants often, the Chanel slingback is a wonderful companion to them.

Fall Winter Paris Outfit featuring Cropped Everlane Sweater with Vegan Leather Pants

Leather Pants + Sweaters

All through Fall and Winter I will pair my Chanel Slingbacks with faux leather pants and my favorite cashmere sweaters.

Meghan in Paris in Staud White Dress

Little White Dresses

In Spring and Summer my Chanel Slingbacks are what I reach for to pair with my dressier little white dresses. 

French Inspired Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Straight Leg Jeans + Stripes

Wearing stripes with your Chanel Slingbacks is a perfectly French inspired combination.

Linen Dress on Meghan Donovan of wit & whimsy

Linen Dress

I regularly wear a variety of linen dresses in the summer and when I want to dress them up, I reach for my Chanel Slingbacks.

Patterned Jackets + Jeans

This outfit is in regularly rotation for me nearly year round. I love to take my collection of tweed blazers and jackets and pair them with jeans and the slingbacks.

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Evening Dresses + Leather Jackets

Perfect for evening dresses, the Chanel Slingbacks are great year round with your more formal wear and I love the juxtaposition of pairing the dressier, ladylike shoe with an edgier leather jacket.

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Slip Dresses

If you’re a fan of slip dresses, the Chanel Slingback is perfect to pair with your favorites.

Paris Little Black Dress and Chanel Slingbacks

Little Black Dress

Whenever I reach for a little black dress, I am often reaching to pair my Chanel Slingbacks with them.


If you wear suits ever I love the harder lines of a matching jacket and pant with the ladylike, delicate shoe that is the Chanel Slingback. 

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