February 29th, 2016
Street Style

The Classic CC Bag

Last year I gave away most of my Chanel bags, but I kept this one. Ironically, I wear it now more than ever. Looks modern worn crossbody since it hits above the hip.

Image © Sandra Semburg for Vogue Paris

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  • Gorgeous! Maybe I should get a mini Chanel?

    KathyFebruary 29th, 2016  9:13 AM

     
  • I am looking at the Chanel wallet on a chain as a great multitasker- can be worn cross body, shoulder and clutch or just used as a large wallet. Something this versatile must be a winner…..

    MelanieFebruary 29th, 2016  9:29 AM

     
  • Still can’t believe you gave away your Chanel! Only my granddaughter will get mine!

    Paula BFebruary 29th, 2016  9:55 AM

     
  • I love seeing my dearest friends enjoy them! I still have a few tucked away…

    PrestonFebruary 29th, 2016  10:06 AM

     
  • My Chanel wallet on a chain holds just what I need in nice weather or evenings – pockets for cards,cash & phone leaving room for sunglasses and a lipstick. The perfect size and oh so chic!
    Price is right too.

    SusanFebruary 29th, 2016  1:37 PM

     
  • Too ubiquitous and screams “I have money”

    RahwlFebruary 29th, 2016  3:25 PM

     
  • Is this the jumbo or the medium?

    NancyFebruary 29th, 2016  4:22 PM

     
  • Looks big, I have a medium.

    PrestonFebruary 29th, 2016  5:13 PM

     
  • I love that you’re getting so much wear out of the ones you kept. I think this is a perfect example of Marie Kondo’s philosophy — get down to essentials and you’ll find you get greater wear out of the few items you truly love.

    A couple years ago, I gave away my Chanel. I found that they were everywhere and felt really conspicuous. I’ve long been a fan of “stealth wealth” and found myself flipping the bags over to hide the logos when I did use them (thereby making them impossible to access easily! it was a nightmare). I’m struggling with this again, because I love almost everything coming out of Gucci and YSL, but just can’t bear to have logos all over me. I may give the YSL Betty another look because the branding is subtle deboss.

    NikFebruary 29th, 2016  6:58 PM

     
  • I have the wallet on a chain and it works for me because I carry a large tote to work everyday. When I have to run out to get lunch – i can wear it cross body and it holds my phone, lipstick and keys, so I’m handsfree. I also don’t have to lug my tote around everywhere – i just grab the wallet. My primary complaint though – is that it is the boy style and the clasp is not functioning. It just snaps under the flap. Overall, the quality is not as nice as my chanel bags – but it’s highly functional.

    DianaFebruary 29th, 2016  10:57 PM

     
  • For me, any Chanel bag that is even slightly too large is simply awful. This medium classic is a fabulous, perfect black bag. I love some of Chanel’s smaller bags done in wool, too.
    My preference has always been Bottega Veneta bags, and I wore little Bottega flats with a kiltie in the ’80s. I so wish they would reproduce that shoe! Bottega’s slogan is, “When your own initials are enough.” I couldn’t agree more. I have a few prize Bottega bags, one ‘fishing creel’ style from the ’80s, and they are timeless and the focus always stays on the beauty of the leather and silhouette, not the logo.

    PaulaMarch 1st, 2016  12:39 AM

     
  • I have this bag too and I love it. I don’t understand why people associate bags with “striving” and being “conspicuous”…..I buy what I love. No matter what anyone else says, I’m secure with myself and I know why I made the decision to purchase what I want. No one can take that away from me, therefore logos mean nothing. I have many designer bags, but I also carry a madewell crossbody with my initials on it…I know the reason that I bought each and every one of those bags and it wasn’t to prove anything or buy into anything. Everyone should just enjoy the things they love!

    ChennillMarch 1st, 2016  8:39 AM

     
  • I consider logos a design element-either you like them, or you don’t. My Celines have no logo and cost more than the Chanel. I don’t wear them to hide what I’ve bought, I wear them because I love them. I love the Chanel, too.

    PrestonMarch 1st, 2016  9:01 AM

     
  • Love the coat!!!!

    Sue TothMarch 1st, 2016  9:27 AM

     
  • That’s well said, Preston. Logos are a design element. What a refreshing way to look at it! To each her own.

    GigiMarch 1st, 2016  10:24 AM

     
  • I agree about logos. I love some of them as a beautiful design element and others I dislike visually.
    I think too much has been made of them.

    KathyMarch 1st, 2016  12:57 PM

     
  • I am in agreement with Chennil and Preston on this topic. Infact there are hardly any stealth labels anymore because of social media/private equity/LVMH/Richemont/etc. Logos and labels or no logos and labels, the price of the brands are well known, be it Gucci, Chanel, Celine, BV, Delvaux. It’s all about how one wears these items. I love the way the bag and fur coat are worn in the photo above with simple jeans and a sweater.

    MMSMarch 1st, 2016  1:03 PM

     
  • Loving how the crossbody hits above the hip. Wish more designers would create bags to “land” right there. JE

    Jennifer ElliottMarch 1st, 2016  1:16 PM

     
  • Agreed with Chennilll. Buy the aesthetic that you love. With or without logos. Expensive or not. Large or small. The only thing that matters is you choose it because you love. You derive pleasure from it. Enough said.

    RonicaMarch 1st, 2016  6:17 PM

     

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