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Chanel Classic Double Flap: Small vs Medium & Gold vs Silver

By Bebefuzz

The Chanel double flap is arguably the most iconic designer bag. Its popularity has never waned, and it continues to not only be timeless but one of the best-looking bags out there. With its price increasing every year, getting this bag earlier rather than later has proven to be a smart decision. When shopping for this investment bag, there are 2 difficult choices to be made: size and hardware color. Here are some tips.

In this post, we'll be referencing to the small size (9 inches long) and the medium size (10 inches long) double flap bags. These are the most photographed and well-known Chanel bags. These bags are so close in size that it is difficult to decide what bag might be right for you. This post is not in reference to the mini, jumbo, or maxi which have very distinct size differences.

Size: Small vs Medium

side by side comparison Chanel small vs medium classic double flap being worn

As you can see, if these bags, were not side by side, it would be challenging to know the difference between a small and medium classic flap. But, there is a difference, and the above comparison shows how each bag looks on my very average height of 5 feet and 5 inches.

Personally, I prefer the size medium on myself. But, it's subjective. For instance, the hubby prefers the size small better on my frame.

size difference and holding capacity of Chanel small vs medium double flap bag

How much the bag can hold should also be considered before investing in this gorgeous bag. The pink wallet in the picture is a standard long wallet measuring 8 inches long.

The long wallet fits in the small double flap, but it leaves room for only a few more essential items like keys, a phone and lipstick. Meanwhile the medium has slightly more room allowing for a couple extras. See exactly what can fit in a Chanel medium double flap here.

The size difference between the small and medium is really only 2-3 small items. And, of course, if a compact wallet is used instead, there will be much more room for other things.

Color: Silver vs Gold

silver or gold Chanel hardware

The other characteristic that people have a hard time deciding on is hardware color. While it may seem insignificant, hardware color impacts the entire look of a bag.

2 chanel classic double flap bags caviar leather

Silver is often described as more modern and younger looking, whereas gold is often described as classic and luxurious.

I personally adore the look of black leather with shiny gold.

Chanel black caviar classic double flap bags silver and gold hardware

Silver hardware on Chanel double flaps is less common. Silver hardware is also less susceptible to color change and chipping.

Gold hardware, while the color can slowly become silver over time, or even bronze (uncommon), is still more popular.

One thing to consider is the metal color of your jewelry. Not only will that hardware color complement your skin-tone, your bag will match your jewelry.

wearing 2 Chanel bags small and medium classic flap bags

I hope that these pictures and tips have been helpful. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. :)

For other Chanel shopping tips, check out the difference between Chanel lambskin and caviar leather.

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