With the recent Chanel price increase, which officially goes into effect on October 31, we’ve been thinking about Chanel’s “Greatest Hits,” so to speak. It always makes the news when Classic Flaps and Boy Bag prices go up… which clearly places those two bags in the “top five” category. But what about the other Holy Grails of the Chanel universe?
After a little bit of hemming and hawing, we came up with a list. If we had to choose five bags that are synonymous with the brand, these would be it. Get ready for some serious Chanel eye candy, and decide for yourself: which one is the #1 top Chanel bag in your eyes?
The 2.55 Reissue
Though it doesn’t have the moniker “Classic” flap, the 2.55 is about as classic Chanel as you can get. Following the original design by Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld revived the bag in his tenure as creative director of the brand.
The 2.55 Reissue is effortlessly feminine, with secret Coco-related symbols throughout: a pocket for love letters, a chain that resembles the ones that the nuns wore around their waists in the convent where Coco grew up, and so on…
For more on the 2.55 Flap, read:
The Classic Flap
So much has been said about the Classic Flap that it feels like words, at this point, could only do injustice to the bag. But we’ll try briefly—although the Birkin may be the handbag with the highest “status,” we think the Classic Flap might be more famous, or at least more ubiquitous.
For many fashionistas and non-fashionistas alike, the Classic Flap is a symbol of luxury. This Lagerfeld-era bag, which draws inspiration from the 2.55 Flap, is simply iconic.
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The Boy Bag
“Chanel flap with a twist” is how we like to think of the Boy. It has this lady-meets-punk-rock vibe that we’re totally into—but it’s also quintessentially Chanel.
The Boy feels the most modern of the bags on this list. It’s sleek and streamlined, with sharp hardware and a subtle CC. As always, we’re Boy crazy. It’s just so much fun.
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The Wallet on Chain
Ah, the WOC. Though we often pit the Chanel WOC against the chain wallets from Hermès and Saint Laurent, it’s fairly obvious that Chanel’s stolen our hearts. (Sometimes we like to stray, just briefly, but even PurseBop—who’s usually measured—isn’t afraid to admit that Chanel does this one best.)
The Chanel WOC is the cutest on-the-go bag, well, ever. If you’re seeking a tiny but luxurious companion to take around with you, this one’s your gal.
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The Gabrielle Bag
The fifth spot on this list was the toughest. Quite a few bags are in the Chanel spotlight right now—the Chanel 31 Bag, for instance, and the new Chanel 19 Flap. But ever since the brand released the Gabrielle in 2017, the bag has seen a near-consistent level of popularity.
Which makes sense, if you think about it. Though it may not be a flap, the Gabrielle is composed of essential Chanel elements: quilting, a CC logo, a chainlink strap. To top it all off, it’s fairly unique and versatile. Our take? This one’s here to stay.
For more on the Gabrielle, read:
Which of the top Chanel bags is your favorite? Are there any others you’d add to the list? Tell us below!
Updated: October 31st, 2019