A timeless classic….
It’s one of those iconic bags that will never go out of style. It was designed by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself, it was named after the date of its inception, February 1955.
Even until today, it remains as stylish as it was 51 years ago. In fashion, there are very few things that can last the test of time, but this purse has proven its charms.
Chanel 2.55, often referred to as the “classic flap bag” by sales associates, has been said to be the foundation of any handbag collection. The double chain shoulder strap was invented by Coco Chanel to free up use of women’s hands; and the diamond quilted design was inspired by jockey’s coats. It also features double flap closure with a larger exterior pocket for illicit love letters *winks*, and interior pockets to keep lipsticks and compacts in place.
In the 1980’s, Karl Lagerfeld put the CC monogram turn clasp into the design which has since become a sensation. It’s one of my favourite features on the purse, I have zero resistance towards anything with interlocking CC’s.
Over the years, this bag has been redone in every possible way. When it comes to purchasing a bag with so many variations, there are so many things to decide on. The material, the edition, the colour, the hardware, the size, etc etc.
If only we each had an unlimited Chanel fund for us to splurge on whatever that tickles our fancy !
If I had to choose, my all time favourite is still the 2.55, plain quilted classic flap bag with interlocking CC clasp. And for this particular design, I prefer gold hardware over silver ones. Personally, I think gold adds that extra touch of elegance to the bag, and looks better with the leather interwoven chains.
Having said that, I’m more inclined to go with silver hardware for Chanel 2.55 Reissues though. But the Chanel 2.55 Reissue deserves a post on its own, so I’ll save that for another day. If you’re unsure about which hardware to pick, some base their decisions on the colour of their jewelries. Go with gold hardware if you wear yellow gold more often, and silver if you wear white gold/platinum/silver more.
Now the leather. It’s lambskin for me all the way! I just love how unbelievably soft and smooth it is. The supple finish of the quilted lambskin often reminds me of soft spongy marshmallows. How can you not love it? However, beauty comes with a price. Apart from costing a little more than caviar, the lambskin is rather high maintenance and scratches very easily. Caviar, on the other hand, is a somewhat grainy leather and much more durable. Given that I am a perfectionist and it would be heartbreaking to me if my 2.55 got any scratches, caviar is definitely a more sensible choice.
As usual, a decision between the beauty and practicality….
The medium classic 2.55 flap bag with the measurement of 10″ x 6″ x 3″ is the most popular size among all. If you’re just starting, this is definitely a safe choice to go about. Besides for some reason this is the one I like the most.
The small classic 2.55 flap bag with the measurements of 9″ x 5.5″ x 2.5″ might suit most petite frames better. But the thing is, you can hardly fit anything in it, especially after a checkbook wallet.
For some reason, the large/jumbo (12″ x 8″ x 3.5″) doesn’t feature a double flap inside like the rest. However, this particular size is continually gaining its popularity since it’s been spotted on almost every A-list Hollywood celebrities. Though it looks a little overwhelming on me, it absolutely makes me weak in the knees. I’ve been lugging around over-sized bags for as long as I can remember anyway, what’s another jumbo size Chanel huh?
Chanel 2.55 comes in more lovely colours than I can count.
I love the pastel colours and to name a few – pale blue, pale pink, coral pink, beige, white, ivory, pale purple, baby blue and many more. Certain colours are harder to come by compared to others. For example, not many Chanel store have white in stock, especially the version with gold hardware.
The stronger colours, such as red, burgundy, yellow, violet and etc, definitely make a fashion statement. I once saw a Chanel 2.55 in a gorgeous shade of plum, it was so pretty that I nearly cried. As much as my eyes are dazzled by all the (more) exciting colours, I’m gonna go out on a limb and recommend you sticking to the classic black or white for your first Chanel. And if you have extra cash to burn later on, there’s always room for more colours in your Chanel collection.
I absolutely heart the ivory lambskin classic flap with gold hardware. It has chic and elegance written all over it. However, if you’re clumsy like me, go black. C’mon, let’s face it. Not everyone can wear white and not spill on it, but black will always be the new black.
A black medium Chanel 2.55. It’s truly a bag that will last you a life time.
Current Price for Medium: 4450 CAD
Current Price for Large: 4975 CAD
Are you in LOVE yet?