Reference Guide: Comparing Birkin and Kelly Sizes and Styles

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“Should I opt for a Birkin 25 or Birkin 30? For my first Kelly, should I shoot for a Retourne or Sellier? When it comes to Hermès clutches, I just can’t decide between a Kelly Cut and Kelly Pochette…”

If any of these thoughts have ever run through your head, you’re in the right place. The diagnosis? An Hermès obsession—we’re right there with you. Sometimes it’s hard to decide between styles (whether you’re considering your personal preference or actually looking to score a Birkin or Kelly), and it’s not uncommon to find yourself going back and forth over the options, pondering, ruminating, wondering…

So what’s the cure? Well, we can’t we’ve ever found a cure to H fever, but we do have just the thing to help you out on the hard decisions in your Hermès journey. In a spectacular guest series, handbag collector @el4bz acknowledges that she’s been there before—guessing about bag sizes, making mistakes along the way, until finally reaching a place where she feels confident in her Hermès preferences. Here’s the full reference guide to her immensely helpful, detailed feature articles on comparing different Birkins and Kellys.

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Two classic Birkin sizes. One choice. What’s a fashionista to do? Get ready for the most thorough size comparison imaginable, and never wonder about the pros/cons of B25s vs. B30s again.

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When it comes to the Kelly, the 25 cm and 28 cm are the most popular sizes. Though there’s only a 3 cm gap…that size difference seriously changes the game. See if your needs are more suited to the K25 or K28.

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For first-time Kelly seekers, this is the most serious dilemma. Should you go for the sleek lines and stiff silhouette of the Sellier, or the supple leather and soft corners of the Retourne? And how much do Retournes and Selliers of the same size actually fit? Here’s some serious help.

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It’s not just about size. At 25 cm—a standard size—would you opt for a Birkin or a Kelly? How much do they hold, and how does the Kelly’s shoulder strap factor in? What about closing each of the bags? It’s all covered here.

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And finally some clutch love. While often forgotten about, the Kelly exists beyond just the standard models. The Kelly Clutch and Kelly Pochette are two adorable takes on the classic Kelly in clutch form, and it’s so hard to choose a favorite! @el4bz takes on this dilemma.

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Kelly Cut vs. Kelly Pochette @el4bz

Aside from being extremely helpful, can we just take a moment to appreciate @el4bz’s beautiful handbag collection? Those Birkins and Kellys are absolutely stunning, and the eye candy alone makes these articles more than worthwhile. We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did.

Read related articles:

The Encyclopedia of Hermès Bag Sizes
Hermès Birkin Prices 2019: USA vs. Europe
The 2019 Guide to Hermès Special Orders

Love, PurseBop (& @el4bz)

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