February 4, 2019
After sharing my new Chanel boy bag, last January, I have had a lot of requests to share a Chanel Bag Comparison of the two Chanel bags I own. A few years ago, I shared a Louis Vuitton Neverfull Comparison and that is hands down the most viewed piece of content on my website and Youtube channel. The success of that post has made me a bit hesitant to share a Chanel Bag Comparison and Review post, but as it has been highly requested, I thought I would do my best to share that with you!
I am no handbag, or Chanel, expert. I’m just a gal who loves beautiful handbags and has fallen head over heels for Chanel bags! With that said, I will do my best to provide you with helpful links, resources and my honest opinion of both the Chanel Classic Flap bag and the Chanel Boy Bag. I hope that you enjoy this Chanel bag comparison and find this review post helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please just let me know. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel bag comparison and review video here, for more of my personal thoughts and how I style these bags.
Chanel Bag Comparison
It was once my dream to own a Chanel bag and I have to say that I have been very blessed to now own two Chanel bags. They are truly iconic and so beautiful. These bags fill my creative heart with so much joy. I completely understand that these bags are not easily attainable and come with a large price tag. After owning the two Chanel bags that I do, I do not regret these purchases one bit. I personally see higher-end luxury bags as an investment. The price of Chanel bags and some other designers handbags are continuously increasing. With that said, resale for Chanel bags is much better than resale for many other bags. Now, I do not purchase these bags specifically for resale, but it is nice to keep that in mind when investing in more expensive items.
Most importantly, I think is crucial for everyone to do their own research before making luxury, or investment, purchase. My financial state does not allow me to just grab a Chanel bag whenever I see one that I like. If it did, I would probably need to add an addition onto my home to house all of my handbags! (lol) With that in mind, I want you to do your research, compare reviews, watch videos research everything there is to know before making large investments. That’s what I do! At the end of this post, I will share a few articles and my favorite sources for luxury bags and fashion inspiration and information.
Chanel Classic Handbag
It’s only right to review the Classic Handbag first. This bag is at the very top of many women’s dream handbag list and for good reason. It’s beautiful, timeless and in a way a status symbol. For me, I thought, “If I can just be able to purchase the classic flap, I won’t ever need another handbag!” Well, when I’m wrong, I will say that I’m wrong and boy was I wrong! Having the classic flap not only made me love Chanel even more but made the desire to purchase more Chanel bags in the future never-ending.
Iconic and beautiful, the classic flap is just the that, THE classic bag! It comes in several sizes, colors and hardware options, and also in a variety of leathers. For me, I knew I wanted the black classic flap in caviar leather with gold hardware. No questions asked. I do not regret this purchase one bit, this is the bag for me. Depending on your style, and lifestyle, you may consider different sizing, leather, color, and hardware. There are also seasonal options for the classic handbag.
As a first purchase, I couldn’t recommend the classic handbag more. It’s one of a kind style is a true luxury of its own. The price continuously increases, over the years, and is most likely to continue increasing. While seasonal items will continue to change, here is the basic sizing and current pricing for the Chanel Classic Handbag. You will also find mini versions as well as additional sizing, see more on that here, in store.
Size: 9 x 12.9 x 3.9 in
Size: 7.6 x 11.7 x 3.9 in
Size: 6.2 x 10.1 x 2.7 in
Size: 5.7 x 2.3 x 9 in
My Chanel Classic Flap Bag + Personal Review
I own the classic size bag and love this bag. At the time, for our budget, this was the right choice. I love the double flap and find carrying this bag so fun. I knew that the black caviar leather with gold hardware would suit my life and style the best. Denim tends to be one of my favorite things, so the lighter options just wouldn’t make sense for my first purchase. The caviar leather has been incredibly durable, and honestly far more durable than I ever imagined this bag to be. It doesn’t scratch or show markings and while I do care for my bags well, I don’t baby them. I use them.
For the first year, or so, of owning this bag, truthfully before purchasing the Boy Bag, I wore this baby just about every day. I did find that the classic size is a bit small for everyday use if you’re like me and tend to carry a lot with you. These days, I mostly use this bag for nights out and dinner dates with my hubby. I do still occasionally carry it during the day, but for the most part, I find it a bit too small for my daily needs. In the future, I would love to own a larger version of this bag. My mom has the large and I love it so much!
Taking the price, functionality, and beauty into consideration, I don’t think you can go wrong with the classic flap bag, in the classic size. If you do tend to carry more with you on a daily basis and are looking to carry this as your everyday handbag, I would spend the extra $600 and get the “large” size. I think you will be much happier with that one. However, if you don’t carry as much, are looking for something more versatile and would like to potentially wear this as a crossbody, I’d say go with the classic!
For wearability and more details, check out my Youtube video here!
Chanel Boy Bag
The Boy Bag has become extremely popular these days and for good reason. “This bag was created by Karl Lagerfeld and named after Gabrielle Chanel’s first and iconic love, Boy Capel.” This bag displays a larger, chunky, size chain link strap that comes in a variety of metals based on the season. The strap also features a leather portion, making it super comfortable to wear and detailed. The shape and edging of the Boy Bag gives it masculinity and a touch of edge that sets it apart.
If your style is more trendy, I think the boy would suit you best. Chanel is constantly vamping up the Boy Bag with different fabrics, colors and sizing options. Here is a look at some of their current 2019 offerings and price details. You can see the full offering on the Chanel Site here.
Small Boy Bag
Size: 4.7 x 7.8 x 3.1 in
Size: 5.9 x 9.8 x 3.5 in
Large Boy Bag
Size: 6.8 x 10.9 x 2.9 in
Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Large
Size: 6.8 x 2.7 x 10.9 in
Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Small
Size: 5.7 x 9.8 x 3.1 in
Size: 4.3 x 2 x 7 in
Large Vertical Bag
Size: 8.6 x 7.4 x 2.7 in
Small Vertical Bag
Size: 7.6 x 6.2 x 2.3 in
My Chanel Boy Bag + Personal Review
Prior to purchasing the Chanel Classic flap, I was already head over heels for the Chanel Boy Bag. Honestly, at that point, I probably wanted a boy bag more, but I just knew that the classic Chanel bag would be a better first purchase for me. To this day, I would still recommend any new buyers purchase the classic flap first. It might not be for everyone, but if you truly love and appreciate the brand, I think you will want to own this bag and love having it in your closet.
We purchased my personal Boy Bag in Miami, in January 2018. This was my birthday present form my husband, (the classic was a Christmas gift a few years ago) and a very generous one at that! Like I previously mentioned, I had wanted a Boy Bag for a while, but I just wasn’t sure if it was a smart investment and never really found a color option that I loved. That was until I found this one and instantly fell in love and knew this was the one for me.
After purchasing this bag, I can say that this was the right choice for me and I love this color. I also love the size of the boy and the lack of double flap which provides a more spacious inside. The hardware is more of an antiqued gold, which if you have seen my home, you know that it’s hands-down my favorite style of hardware. I love this bag and find myself reaching for this more often, simply because it’s a more casual look and more spacious interior.
This article is interesting and shares a few reasons why Chanel Bags are good investments, as far as style goes. Monica, from Luxy Theory, is one of my go-to Chanel resources. She is so sweet, knowledgable, and her style is just perfect! I also really love watching Claire’s videos too. Buying preloved is always an option and both of those girls have information on that. Fashionphile, TheRealReal, Bag, Borrow or steal, are three websites that are popular for buying preloved. I personally find that this website has the absolute best selection of pre-owned bags.
I hope that you enjoyed this Chanel Bag Comparison and Review. Personally, I think it’s hard to go wrong with anything from Chanel. It is such a timeless and luxurious brand, that I love dearly. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel Bag Comparison and Review video, here, and see more handbag related content here. You can find the outfit details displayed in these photos here.
Photography by Tiffany Sigmon and detailed below by me!
Chanel Bag Comparison and Review : The Chanel Classic Handbag and The Chanel Boy Bag