When I was new to Chanel, I spent so much time thinking about which bag to buy as my first Chanel. At their price points, they're certainly an investment, so I wanted to make sure that whatever bag I chose, it would be classic, timeless, versatile and truly beautiful. The obvious choice would be the most famous of all Chanel bags, the classic Chanel 2.55 double flap. However, there were a number of vintage Chanel flaps that were very similar in size and design and slightly less expensive. I was so confused on what to get. Here's some pictures and a post on how these bags differ. If you are in the same spot that I was, I hope that you find this helpful.
The 2.55 double flap is seen repeatedly on the shoulders of celebs, in magazines, and on fashion bloggers. Truly versatile, the bag can be enjoyed with almost all ensembles. It is truly the quintessential fashion piece! Again and again, I saw this glorious bag transforming outfits. It made the most raggedy boyfriend jeans look so darn chic!
But, wait! Chanel produced a ton of bags particularly around the 90's that were very similar to the 2.55 double flap, complete with woven leather and chain strap, quilting detail, flashy gold hardware, and structured shape. And, they also had some extra details that added character.
Look at the pics. You can certainly see how they have some similar charming features. :)
Functionality wise, they are quite similar. An easy turn-lock clasp opens and closes the bag. The size is roughly the same. The classic double flap has two flaps, but I've never found this to be a particularly valuable feature. :P The non-classic bag in these pics did not have 4 prongs, so in order to shorten the strap, the strap needs to be wrapped around the flap. This is more inconvenient than the 2.55 double flap with its 4 prong holes. Check our adjusting Chanel straps article for more information.
I think the classic 2.55 double flap looks more modern and edgy, while the other bag has slightly more character and fewer people will have this bag. What do you think? Which do you prefer? Now that I'm a Chanel nut, I must have both!
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